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It was the second dead cow that really got our attention.

Earlier that week, I had received a call from a rancher who had found one of his cows dead in a pasture.

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When operating costs are high and cattle prices are low, cutting back on nonessentials is often the first step to tightening the purse strings. So what counts as a necessity? What should be cut? Answer: Not minerals.

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Steroidal implants, often referred to as simply implants, have been used in beef cattle for more than 60 years. In addition, there are a wide array of available implants on the market.

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Liver abscess (LA) is relatively common in feedlot cattle and older dairy cows, particularly with diets eaten in grain content.

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Cattlemen have demonstrated a commitment to the integrity of today’s beef products by implementing sound cattle management practices.

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A 2011 survey of U.S. beef cattle producers done in conjunction with the National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) found 87 percent of respondents who operated their ranches consistent with Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) standards did so because “it’s the right thing to do.”

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