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Reasons for bull calf castration stretch beyond reducing sexual activity and reproduction. Bulls are naturally aggressive and as such, castration becomes necessary for the welfare of the herd and the protection of those who work with them.

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The adage “out of sight, out of mind” may avoid a few of life’s problems, but internal parasites are not one of them. It’s common knowledge there are countless microscopic predators lurking in the cattle environment.

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In forage-based beef systems, balancing the environment (forage quality and quantity) and cow requirements is a driver of production efficiency.

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There was a time when targeting the Choice grade seemed like a lofty goal.

But as the song goes, the times, they are a-changin’.

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For the industry to remain profitable, input costs must be reduced. This statement was shared by a cattleman at a conference I attended years ago. The source? A cattleman’s journal from the late 1800s.

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When working with producers, one of the biggest problems or concerns that I hear is the lack of good help. This problem with labor has become glaringly obvious not just in the agriculture sector, but in general – good help is hard to find. On top of the difficulty in finding good help is a shortage of time. I can’t say I’ve ever heard of anyone in agriculture say they have too much time on their hands.

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