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At a recent forage group meeting on an Oregon ranch, our discussion focused on the potential rental values of some of the pastures. Back and forth, folks discussed the pros and cons of the fields.

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Security is not always top-of-mind for producers but, unfortunately, it’s necessary to protect the safety of your animals, people on your property and your livelihood.

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I hear over and over that meetings are a waste of time, or that they worked for a while and then it wasn’t worth the effort anymore. There are a host of reasons for this ineffectiveness.

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Many of you may be feeling a little overwhelmed by all the talk about mental wellness, stress, farmer suicides and mental health.

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In the cattle business, there are few things as rewarding as getting weaned calves and newly arrived feeder cattle off to a good start. The first 30–45 days after weaning and/or commingling can set the tone for calves’ lifelong health, performance and profitability. Whether calves are destined to be herd replacements or feeder cattle, they should all be provided with feed that helps them build strong immune systems and grow at a pace that will enhance their production for their entire lives.

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Body condition scoring (BCS) is nothing novel, exciting or earth-shattering, but it does pay! It is such a basic concept in the cattle industry that, without meaning to offend anyone, I dare to say it is elementary. However, it is also widely underused.

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