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For many producers, calving season is still top of mind, but before long, it will be time to make breeding decisions for the next calf crop.

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When it comes to tackling environmental issues in the cattle industry, Dave Petty of Iowa River Ranch near Eldora, Iowa, has always been one to grab the bull by the horns. Petty and his wife, Diane, are first generation farmers who founded their own ranch in 1987.  Primarily a cow-calf operation with a finishing feedlot, the Iowa River Ranch is a diversified farm encompassing cropland, pasture and hay land. Petty has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to being a good steward to the land and the environment while producing quality Angus cattle.

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Flies are much more than a nuisance. Their economic impact can reach deep into a cattleman’s pockets.

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Venomous snakes pose a danger to stock and stockmen alike because they live and work in snake habitat. Rattlesnakes are the most common risk, but in some regions copperheads and cottonmouths (also called water moccasins) are a concern.

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Unlike the animated “Wile E. Coyote” who is often outsmarted by his target, the flesh-and-blood version is a real threat to vulnerable and weakened prey, including livestock.

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Farmer and rancher success is based on the extent to which they can maintain ecosystem balance on their properties. Plants, animals and soil microorganisms must perform in concert for each other’s benefit to obtain optimal production from the land.

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