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Spring is right around the corner, and as a rancher, it’s a hectic time of year. Whether you’re calving, getting cattle ready to head back to pasture or planting feed, you’ll be busy from sunup to sundown. While you’re planning and organizing your spring tasks, now is also the time to think ahead.

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The ruminant digestive system is as complex as it is important to beef and dairy production. Understanding how the gastrointestinal (GI) tract functions, how it contributes to overall ruminant health and what to do when it’s compromised are critical to the success of your herd. After all, a healthier GI tract helps improve performance, prevent leaky gut and mitigate stress — all of which lead to healthier cows and profits.

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As calving season starts heating up in spring-calving herds across the U.S., livestock producers should start planning for the breeding season and managing the postpartum interval, which would be the time frame from calving to the resumption of estrus.

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One of the most consequential decisions commercial operations make is sire selection. Whether purchasing a bull or choosing an A.I. sire, the decision has a multigenerational impact on an operation.

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Have you ever sat down and figured out what it costs to breed a cow? It might seem like an easy number to calculate, since we can add up all of our natural service bull purchases and subtract out the salvage value of any bulls sold.

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If you are considering incorporating artificial insemination (A.I.) into your cattle breeding program, you may be wondering what supplies you will need and how to get started.

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