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As you read this article, we will all be just past the midyear mark for 2020.

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Here they come! Those four little words that Oklahoma cattle producers despise in the summertime: “high pressure heat dome.” Understanding and avoiding heat stress in cattle can be a valuable management tool for summertime in Oklahoma. Most areas of Oklahoma have 10 or more days each year above 100ºF and 70 or more days with high temperatures above 90ºF. This means that most cow calf operations will be working cattle on days when heat stress to cattle is likely. 

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The value of bull breeding soundness examinations (BSE) is well known. Approximately one in five bulls do not meet the minimum BSE standards established by the Society for Theriogenology. Bulls not meeting these minimum standards are seldom infertile; they are usually subfertile and will have lower conception rates than those who meet these standards.

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There is a big difference between animal rights (animal extremism) and animal welfare – the terms need to be clarified.

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How COVID-19 Has Impacted Beef and Cattle Ranchers

The past several months have been dominated by food supply chain bottlenecks and challenges unlike anything the agriculture sector had experienced before. Factors directly impacting American ranchers in 2020 include:

  • An abrupt shift in consumer demand;
  • Slaughterhouse and meat packing plant closures;
  • Halts in global trade; and
  • Commodity price volatility.

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Some may think the topic of rangeland management is limited to vast Western rangeland and public lands that include livestock grazing.

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