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Ranchers have used eartags for several decades. Tags packed with innovative technology may provide locations of cattle or notify operators when animals are reaching estrus or becoming ill.

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One goal of any business is to be profitable. It is difficult to assess the profitability of a business without reasonable estimates of income over expenses.

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I am a sports fan. We have season tickets to three University of Minnesota sports (oops, not this year). In addition to enjoying the games, I have the occupational hazard of studying how the coaches are leading the teams.

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For the vast majority of cow-calf producers, this time of year is scored with the chorus of freshly weaned calves. The majority of our focus right now is directed toward weaning strategies, alleviating stress, vaccination protocols, nutrient management and marketing of the 2020 calf crop – and rightfully so.

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COVID-19 swept the packing sector particularly hard – impacting production, processing and distribution. With labor becoming scarcer and operating under strict protocols, a fully human workforce is disadvantaged.

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Quick review from Part 1 – I made an analogy comparing the retail beef market to the beer market.

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