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Beef-On-Dairy breeding has proved to be a win-win strategy for both the beef and dairy industry. A decline in national cattle numbers has sent beef packers looking for additional cattle sources. These cross cattle also provide a year-round supply of meat to processing facilities as compared to the seasonal supply provided by traditional beef herds...

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The Immune System is a complex network that protects the body from foreign invaders. Do not underestimate the importance of maintaining a strong and healthy immune system. Every second of everyday animals, birds and aquaculture wage a silent war against billions of viruses, bacteria, pathogens and parasites. This system is made up of different organs, cells, and proteins that all work together in the immune response. There are 2 main parts of the immune system. The innate immune system and the adaptive immune system...

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This week’s blog is a summary of a presentation given by Dr. Jim Quigley during a previous webinar of the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association. Dr. Quigley is a well-known calf researcher who has helped improve the well-being of calves for more than 30 years...

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There once was a little girl who loved to play with toy cows and tractors. Hiding in a calf hutch was her safe place where she could calm her mind and regroup. She constantly daydreamed about owning her own herd and how she would manage them. This little girl grew up on a tie stall farm in Wisconsin and worked hard to make her dreams come true...

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One of the biggest challenges currently facing many calf raisers is labor shortages. Each farm must implement management changes to help alleviate the strain of employee shortages. Different strategies may include increasing efficiencies, simplifying protocols, or changes to the facility. This week Cory Braund of Windy Ridge Cattle & Grain shares his experience of transitioning to auto feeders...

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