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I am 100% serious when I tell people that I learn more about QuickBooks from the people I teach than the classes themselves. Throughout my travels and conversations, I have found a few things that help me in my year-end tax planning that you may find useful as well.

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“There’s one commonality with every cattleman I’ve talked to – they are all seeking higher productivity because they know it’s essential for profitability,” says rancher Deb Brown, who is president of the Irish Black Cattle Association.

Deb Brown and Larry Licking founded Long Pines Land and Livestock in the far northwest corner of South Dakota, along the Montana border and only a few miles from North Dakota. Deb’s son, Sterling, is an active part of Long Pines, taking on more of the day-to-day management.

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Colostrum management is a topic that comes around each calving season, and cattle producers should understand the importance of getting proper colostrum intake.

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Mycotoxins are secondary fungal metabolites which pose a significant threat to animal health and productivity and are found in a variety of feedstuffs including cereal grains, grain byproducts, harvested forages and pasture grasses.

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While many nutritionists and producers are aware of probiotics and the potential benefits of feeding them in commercial animal operations, it is not clear to all how to distinguish proven and effective probiotic products from costly, ineffective microbial feed additives.

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Most cattle producers have encountered common livestock ailments such as foot rot and pinkeye, but more unusual health issues pop up from time to time that cause concern.

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