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Rats and mice can raise havoc with buildings and their contents, and burrowing rodents such as prairie dogs, ground squirrels and pocket gophers can damage fields, pastures and crops.

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What’s worse? The bloodsucking swarm that never seems to end until the sun goes down? Or a few million “shew flies” working together harassing and harrying their victims into exhaustion?

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Pregnancies matter. Reproductive efficiency is a priority in beef herds. If producers depend on natural service, then bulls contribute to at least half of reproduction and at least as much to the future of the cow herd through his daughters.

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“A cow should have a calf every year.” For most cow-calf producers this is a true statement because the cow costs the same amount of money to keep – whether or not it raises and weans a calf to sell.

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Having a majority of cows in a cow-calf operation calve in the first 30 days of the calving season is critical to profitability for ranchers. A major opportunity for enhancing profitability is in moving late-calving cows forward to calve earlier in the calving season.

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Reading a bull sale catalog this winter, I came across this statement attributed to Bart Carmichael, “You can’t always do what Grandpa did, but don’t forget what Grandpa knew.”

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