Student’s Perspective on COVID, Meet Dr. Matthew Kelso, VTPRK Program, FAVC Program

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1:50 Student’s Perspective on COVID

7:40 Meet Dr. Matthew Kelso

10:30 VTPRK Program

17:45 FAVC Program

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Vaccine Handling Quiz, In Season BSE, Top Items to Check In Season for Successful Breeding, Predicting/Monitoring Weather, In the News

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2:30 Vaccine Handling Quiz

12:10 In Season BSE

18:10 Top Items to Check In Season for Successful Breeding

19:15 Predicting/Monitoring Weather

23:50 In the News

CattleTrace: Callahan Grund – cgrund@uscattletrace.org

Beef Improvement Federation

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Reassessing Ruminant Methane Contribution

The environmental impact of livestock production, especially ruminants, has received a lot of attention in both the scientific community and popular media. One of the most discussed aspects of ruminants’ environmental impact is the production of the greenhouse gas, methane. Methane is produced as a natural byproduct of fermentation in the ruminant stomach during the process of feed digestion. The production of methane is not a man-made process and occurs naturally in all wild and domestic ruminant animals.

Wild ruminants in North America include deer, moose, elk, big horn sheep, antelope and bison with bison having the largest population. Estimates of the bison population prior to European settlement of North America varies greatly ranging from 21 to 88 million. And estimates of the total wild ruminant population prior to settlement ranges from 83 to 133 million. Due to lots of factors chief among them the growth in human population, the wild ruminant population has decreased to 30.5 million today and have been replaced by 90 million domestic ruminants.

Do domestic ruminants produce more methane than wild ruminants? Methane emissions factors for bison are similar to that of domestic cattle when fed the same diet, and both are greater than deer and elk. However, diets of wild and domestic ruminants are not necessarily similar. Diets of domestic ruminants are managed by humans and are typically of greater nutritive value than wild ruminants consume, especially during the winter months when vegetation is dormant.

Attempting to account for differences in methane emissions from wild and domestic ruminants, recent research compared the amount of methane from wild ruminants prior to European settlement of North America and current wild and domestic ruminant populations (Figure 1). Due to the wide variation in estimates of bison population, results were computed for low, medium and high bison populations. Based on these data, the amount of methane from domestic ruminants contributing to the increase in global atmospheric methane concentration is less than 100% because a fraction of that methane is replacing naturally produced methane from pre-settlement wild ruminant populations. Doing the math, the proportion of methane emissions from domestic ruminants in North America that is contributing to atmospheric methane concentrations ranges from 50 to -19% depending upon the pre-settlement bison population with an average of 35%.

Several feed additives have been investigated for their ability to reduce enteric methane emissions from domestic ruminants; the most effective include methane inhibitors, electron acceptors, hydrogen sinks, and plant extracts. These feed additives can reduce enteric methane emissions from 10 to 50% depending upon domestic ruminant species and diet, indicating that implementation could mitigate the 35% of domestic ruminant methane emissions that is new to North America since the European settlement. Although most of these feed additives have adverse effects that may hinder their use, one, 3-nitrooxyproponal, reduces methane emissions without negatively affecting animal performance and is in the process of commercialization. 3-nitrooxypropanol also shifts rumen VFA profile toward higher proportions of propionate making the ruminant animal more feed efficient, which is very similar to another feed additive, monensin, which has been widely adopted in ruminant livestock production. Thus, the use of 3-nitrooxypropanol looks very attractive for producers to economically include in livestock rations and could significantly mitigate enteric methane emissions from domestic ruminants.

In conclusion, the extent of domestic ruminants’ contribution to greenhouse gas emissions is not as great as once thought, although livestock production has more environmental impact than methane alone. It appears that we are on the verge of balancing the methane scale as far as domestic ruminant emissions are concerned.

Estimated methane emissions from wild ruminants prior to European settlement of North American Continent based on 3 estimates of the American bison herd (30, 50 and 75 million bison) compared with methane emissions from current population of wild and domestic ruminants. Adapted from Hristov, 2012

Dustin Questions, Supply Chain Disruption, Spring Processing of Calves, Top Considerations for Processing Calves, Listener Questions

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3:30 Dustin Questions

8:30 Supply Chain Disruption

17:00 Spring Processing of Calves

22:40 Top Considerations for Processing Calves

23:10 Listener Question

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Calving Timing, Optimizing Cow Size, Tips for Determining Optimum Cow Size in Your Operation, Burning Management, Listener Question

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1:30 Calving Timing

11:00 Optimizing Cow Size

19:19 Tips for Determining Optimum Cow Size in Your Operation

20:17 Burning Management

26:05 Listener Question

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Record Keeping

Bob L. Larson, DVM, PhD
Beef Cattle Institute
Kansas State University

Because cow-calf operations characteristically have high operating costs and deal with fluctuating input and sale prices, ranches typically operate within a narrow profit margin. However, there are great differences between ranches in their overall profitability as defined by the difference between prices received and operating costs. In order to maintain a profitable ranching operation, producers must continually look to improve herd efficiency through increasing the value of animals sold and/or decreasing the cost of production. The use of records is essential to identify sources of inefficient production so that management changes can be implemented, and then to track the effects of management decisions on production efficiency. In addition, the trend toward “identity preservation”, and “process verification” has led to new opportunities for those producers that can document production practices as well as growth efficiency and carcass quality after cattle leave the ranch.

Veterinarians who work with beef cattle producers often desire records to assist in the assessment of production efficiency, to help in the investigation of disease outbreaks, and as a component of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA). Different veterinarians have preferences for different types of records and record-keeping systems, but all would agree that having accurate information about the herd has many valuable uses.

Systems for gathering data for records are numerous and varied. These systems can collect data on either the whole herd or on individual animals. The simplest form of record gathering is head counts for the purpose of keeping accurate inventories. The next level of record gathering is whole herd data that includes percent calf crop, percent pregnant, average sale (weaning) weights, etc. and this type of record gathering is adequate to get a picture of overall herd performance. The next level of record keeping involves individual animal performance records which provide the best information for identifying problems and possible solutions, however, this type of system requires a greater commitment in time and expense.

From a record-keeping standpoint, the needs of cow-calf ranches differ from other livestock operations such as dairies, feedlots, and swine or poultry operations in that cow-calf ranches only collect usable information at a few specific times of the year such as at preg-check, weaning, pasture turn-out, or at times that specific ranches handle their cattle. This is in contrast to other livestock production systems that hand-deliver feed on a daily basis, measure production on a daily (dairy) or at least weekly or monthly (swine or poultry) basis due to frequent marketing, and tend to have more animals so that treatment for disease is a frequent activity of herd management. Because of these differences, the relatively low amount and frequency of data collection in cow-calf herds allows ranchers to have very effective record keeping systems that are simpler than systems needed by other livestock production systems. In fact, a lot of important information can be captured on the ear tag or freeze brand (year of birth, sire breed, calving order – i.e. calved early or late in calving season) and paper or relatively simple computer programs can be used to keep and organize ranch production and health records. It is important to gather all the information that you will need to make decisions, but it is not necessary to set up record-keeping systems that collect information that is not used.

One area of record keeping that is valuable for cow-calf ranches and their veterinarians is information to measure reproductive efficiency. The information that is needed to identify opportunities for enhanced reproductive efficiency and to help diagnose reproductive inefficiency includes: accurate estimates of when cows become pregnant, cow characteristics such as age and breed, and breeding group information such as which bulls were in the breeding pasture, characteristics of the breeding bulls such as age and breed, the length of the breeding season, and a record of any events such as bull injury that occurred during the breeding season. Veterinarians can use this information to create graphs that show how many cows become pregnant each 21-day period of the breeding season, and can determine if specific ages, breeds, or breeding groups are not as reproductively efficient as the rest of the herd.

When veterinarians investigate disease outbreaks, information about which cattle got sick or died (age of cattle affected), what behavior the rancher saw that caused concern, the date an animal was first identified as sick or died, and which pasture or lot the sick animals were housed in prior to being identified can all be used to look for patterns in age, location, dam age, or other characteristics that help identify the events that led up to the disease problem. Any information about individual sick cattle or outbreaks of disease should be kept for several years so that if a similar problem reoccurs, accurate information is available.

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) involves several aspects of cattle management that directly affect the quality of the beef products sold to consumers as well as the health and welfare of the herd. Accurate documentation of all events that occur to an animal from the time of birth, through all of the production phases and on into the slaughter house is becoming the expected level of record-keeping.  Whenever a vaccine, dewormer, fly control, antibiotic or other product is administered to cattle, you should record the exact name of the product, the serial number of the product you purchased, the dose that was administered, and how the cattle were treated (i.e. by mouth, in the muscle, under the skin, etc.).

If you are considering a change in your record keeping system, it is important to develop a system that collects all the information that you need to make the management decisions that you are targeting; but in the simplest manner than accomplishes your goal. The output of any record keeping system should allow you to easily and accurately see the overall productivity of your herd as well as to use individual performance data to make management changes that improve overall efficiency.

Pre-harvest Pathogen Control, Future Trends in Food Safety, Top Future Trends in Food Safety, Listener Question

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3:40 Pre-harvest Pathogen Control

12:15 Future Trends in Food Safety

24:00 Top Future Trends in Food Safety

25:00 Listener Question

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Heifer CONSULT, Getting Cows Bred Early, Tips for Getting Cows Bred Early, Sync Protocols, Listener Question

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2:15 Heifer CONSULT

9:35 Getting Cows Bred Early

14:40 Tips for Getting Cows Bred Early

15:30 Sync Protocols

20:00 Listener Question

Estrus Sync Planner
Sync Protocols
Applied Reproductive Strategies
Clean-Up Bulls

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Sustainability. Food Waste. COVID-19. College Closed.

One of our veterinarians asked how Kansas State University handled the sudden COVID-19 disruptions in their food service operations. “Did they waste much food? Was it donated or destroyed?”

We know all too well what goes into producing high quality, safe, nutritious beef and how satisfying it is to watch customers enjoy our product. The flip side is how disappointing it is to learn that research tells us that 18% of beef is wasted after it gets to the customer. In case other cattle producers are curious about how our university handled their food inventory when the volumes suddenly decreased, I spoke with Mary Molt, the associate director of housing and dining services.

“So Mary, how much food went to waste when KSU closed the dining halls?” Her reply, “Not much.”

She went on to say, “I am proud of our staff, and the food production and service system that has been honed for so many years. Having a central food stores for both frozen and dry stores was a lifesaver. Because of our staff, system and facilities we minimized waste to very little.”

KSU Housing and Dining is not the typical college food service provider. They use standardized recipes and cook mostly from scratch. They recently expanded their dry, refrigerated and frozen warehouse to have more flexibility to purchase food in season as well as carry an inventory for emergencies. They have longstanding relationships with supply chain partners, including our own on-campus Weber and Call Halls, and all of their unit managers are registered dietitians with a strong food management backgrounds. This may seem a bit old-fashioned as others have gone to “just in time” deliveries and eliminated expensive refrigeration and freezer storage. Others build their menu around many processed foods and manufacturer-prepared meats, with less use of commodities. Often their managers are trained outside of institutional settings. 

The K-State book “Food for Fifty”, published first in 1937 and still published today is a gold standard for quantity food production. You see, Mary Molt is the current author and her team knows how to rework leftovers, handle food safely, and minimize waste. They froze the fluid milk to use later in recipes such as mashed potatoes and sauces. They froze cheese, meat and bread. They immediately stopped the produce orders and worked seamlessly with John Wolf in Weber Hall to cut production. With still a few students living on campus, much of the remaining food was incorporated into recipes and served. The small amount of perishable products not able to be used was donated. There was only a small loss from products that had to be discarded. 

At the Beef Cattle Institute, we enjoy a great partnership with KSU Housing and Dining as we work together to help educate other college and hospital food service buyers about modern beef production.  Our common goal is to create more sustainable food systems based on science and research.   

Sustainable food service?  NAILED IT.

Mary Molt, Kansas State University Associate Director of Housing and Dining services has been a strong supporter of registered dietitians and their value to organizations. She is the past recipient of many prestigious industry awards including the Academy’s Medallion Award in 2013.
Kramer Dining Center is one of three student dining areas and contains nearly 60,000 square feet of state-of-the-art kitchen, serving, dining and retail space.

Take Care of those Cattle for Me

Do you ever wonder if the return merits the time and expense spent doing farm tours and education sessions for non-agriculture friends in the foodservice? We drive thru our operations and talk about how and why we do what we do, but do the participants give thought about us the next time they make a decision about menu planning and purchasing?

I’m here to tell you that they do. Last October, BCI faculty and staff hosted 11 non-commercial foodservice professionals in Kansas as part of our education efforts. The tour jointly sponsored with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association focused on modern production methods and how they relate to questions their customers in healthcare and college and universities have about sustainability including environmental concerns, animal health practices and who is producing their beef.

One of those participants was Ryan Conklin, an executive chef with REX Healthcare, in Raleigh, North Carolina. I recently had a conversation with Ryan about how he and his business are managing the restrictions placed on them by the COVID-19 crisis. He shared that life is tough right now. He and his culinary and nutrition team are feeding the patients and workers. They even converted an unused public dining space to allow busy hospital workers to take home things they need for their families.  Staple items such as ground beef, milk, and yes, toilet paper, are able to be purchased.  At the end of the conversation, Ryan said, “Take care of those cattle for me.”

Another participant, Bill Marks with Hennepin County Healthcare in the heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota has also been coping with the virus. He also shared that his recent days at a large community hospital in inner-city Minneapolis are the most challenging he has ever experienced.   “People are scared to come to work.  Free meals are the norm, so the kitchen workers have more people to feed than ever.  You never know for sure what will, or will not be, on the delivery truck but we are figuring it out as we go,” said Bill.    

As he reflected on his time attending the workshop, Bill shared, “It was one of the best education events I’ve attended in my 35 years in foodservice.”

We can put names with faces as we see people in the trenches on national news finding ways to serve their hospitals and universities during these challenging times.  Agriculture benefits from these exchanges as we learn how to best support our customers and provide confidence in their food supply.

And don’t worry Ryan, you can rest assured in knowing our beef producers and veterinarians are taking care of those cattle for you.

KSU Beef Cattle Sustainability Fall Tour 2019 foodservice operators enjoying the Fink Genetics herd.

Beef Prices Up, Cattle Prices Down, Grazing Management and Pasture Turnout, Top Recommendations for Transitioning Cows to Grass, Grass Tetany

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5:30 Beef Prices Up, Cattle Prices Down

10:20 Grazing Management and Pasture Turnout

19:53 Top Recommendations for Transitioning Cows to Grass

20:40 Grass Tetany

Webinars & Meetings:
AgManager
BIF

Grazing Management Resources:
Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition
Stocking Rate Calculations
Rangeland and Pasture Management
Stock Water Development
Watering Systems
Forages

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Dustin Questions, Disease Response/Traceability in the Age of COVID 19, Incoming Bull Management Biosecurity, Tips for Bringing New Bulls Into Your Operation, Listener Question

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3:00 Dustin Questions

9:00 Disease Response/Traceability in the Age of COVID 19

15:30 Incoming Bull Management Biosecurity

21:00 Tips for Bringing New Bulls Into Your Operation

21:46 Listener Question

Guide to Body Condition Scoring Beef Cows and Bulls
Bull Transition Ration

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COVID Responses, KLA Update, Managing a Business During a Crisis, Tips for Managing a Business In a Crisis, Opportunities Post Crisis

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4:00 COVID Responses

9:45 Kansas Livestock Association Update

12:50 Managing a Business During a Crisis

20:30 Tips for Managing a Business In a Crisis

21:45 Opportunities Post Crisis

Resources:
Cattleman’s College
AABP
Webinars

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Contracted tendons in calves, Separate replacements from herd, Accounting for depreciation in a budget, Dwarfism in young calves, Gestation length and calf size, Calving timing and production efficiency, Biggest changes in beef industry, Keys to cow-calf profitability, Favorite part of the podcast

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2:00 Contracted tendons in calves

4:08 Separate replacements from herd

10:10 Accounting for depreciation in a budget

12:40 Dwarfism in young calves

17:40 Gestation length and calf size

22:20 Calving timing and production efficiency

30:30 Biggest changes in the beef industry

42:10 Favorite part of the podcast

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Generational Perceptions about Meat

Baby Boomers have different perceptions about buying meat than younger generations.  Based on a recent white paper, Generational Shifts, boomers believe that meat should be “kept on hand”. 

Since 2017, U.S. consumers spend more money in foodservice establishments such as restaurants, schools and gas stations than in retail grocery stores.  Choices about what to eat are expanding into animal production methods as we balance our diets and develop sustainable food systems.  A lot of discussion is spent defining what a healthy diet looks like, and where our food comes from. Information can be overwhelming as we read labels, and decipher how one product differs from another as we vote with our dollars to choose products that fit into personal value systems.

This week we have seen empty meat cases in the grocery stores as people are stocking up for coronavirus quarantines.  Will we reflect for generations to come, like the Great Depression, on how this pandemic changed us?

My Dad told colorful stories of life on the farm during the Depression.  Most of the stories always seemed to have a happy ending, as families and neighbors took care of each other and did what they could to make the best of what they had.  “We always felt sorry for the people living in big cities,” my Dad would say, “because they didn’t have enough to eat.”  Dad’s family didn’t have money or lights or indoor bathrooms like people who lived in town, but they raised most of their own food — eggs, chickens, milk and beef, vegetables from the garden, and fruit from the orchard. 

It’s 2020 and we see grocery store meat counters emptied as people scramble to stock up and hunker down for numerous days of quarantine.  Less than 2% of us are now connected with agriculture as opposed to 40% in the 1930’s.  Today the U.S. has plenty of food available, but an empty meat case as a result of consumers stocking up for more stay-at-home meals is something we have never seen.

Consumers are making choices about what to have on hand, and purchasing priorities are being tested.  Typical patterns of consumption are shifting and social distancing recommendations are forcing change like never imagined.   What will become the new norms?

  • Will we cook more meals at home?  Good way to control ingredients and portion sizes
  • Will we keep more staples on hand for emergencies?   Buy when on sale for best price; convenient
  • Will we be more aware of food waste?    Leftovers become plan-overs
  • Will we remember that beef is a compact, nutritional powerhouse with minimal calories?    Better for me
  • Will this bring our generations to a deeper understanding of risk and give us new lenses to understand how to best build a more sustainable and prosperous food supply?

People will always need to eat.  I wonder what kind of stories we will pass along to the next generation….

Biosecurity & Risk Management, Beef Demand Index, Listener Question, Getting Bulls Ready for Breeding, Top Tips for Preparing Bulls for Breeding

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2:15 Biosecurity & Risk Management

7:45 Beef Demand Index

10:30 Listener Question

19:07 Getting Bulls Ready for Breeding

25:10 Top Tips for Preparing Bulls for Breeding

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Dustin’s Travels, Cow-Calf Profitability, Calf Death Loss, Top Ways to Manage Death Loss in Your Herd, Protein Supplementation, Listener Question

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1:50 Dustin’s Travels

6:20 Cow-Calf Profitability

12:32 Calf Death Loss

17:50 Top Ways to Manage Death Loss in Your Herd

18:21 Protein Supplementation

22:10 Listener Question

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When to Calve, Deciding to Treat, Top 4 Criteria for Deciding When to Treat, Genetics and Health

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3:50 When to Calve

11:00 Deciding to Treat

15:02 Top 4 Criteria for Deciding When to Treat

15:42 Genetics and Health

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Listener Question, Ways to Advocate, Top Ways to Be an Effective Advocate, Sustainability

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2:10 Listener Question

9:10 Ways to Advocate

20:06 Top Ways to Be an Effective Advocate

21:08 Sustainability

Blog: Buzzard’s Beat
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Dustin Questions, Antibiotic Use with Scours, Antibiotic Use with Respiratory Disease, Protocol for Treatment, Tips for Building a Treatment Protocol, Future of Antibiotics

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1:15 Dustin Questions

4:15 Antibiotic Use with Scours

10:30 Antibiotic Use with Respiratory Disease

15:05 Protocol for Treatment

19:51 Tips for Building a Treatment Protocol

20:30 Future of Antibiotics

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NCBA Recap, Listener Question, Calving Season Preparation, Top Things to Consider Preparing for Calving, Calving Scenarios

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1:10 NCBA Recap

4:12 Listener Question

8:30 Calving Season Preparation

15:10 Top Things to Consider Preparing for Calving

16:30 Calving Scenarios

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2020 Trends, Buying a Bull, Top Buying a Bull Considerations, Bull:Cow Ratio, New Technology

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2:50 2020 Trends

7:30 Buying a Bull

19:11 Top Buying a Bull Considerations

20:50 Bull:Cow Ratio

25:45 New Technology

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U.S. CattleTrace, Why You Should Care About Expanding Traceability, Adding Value to Feeder Calves

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4:00 U.S. CattleTrace

19:45 Why You Should Care About Expanding Traceability

20:23 Adding Value to Feeder Calves

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CattleTrace, U.S. Herd Breed Composition, Tips for Planning Your Breeding Program, Heterosis Testing, Upcoming Events

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1:45 CattleTrace

6:30 U.S. Herd Breed Composition

19:20 Top 5 Tips for Planning Your Breeding Program

20:10 Heterosis Testing

24:15 Upcoming Events

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Mud Control, Listener Question, Colostrum Management, Top Tips for Managing Colostrum, Recruitment & Retention, Electronic ID Tags

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2:10 Mud Control

6:45 Listener Question

11:35 Colostrum Management

17:05 Top 5 Tips for Managing Colostrum in Beef Cattle

18:00 Recruitment & Retention

26:10 Electronic ID Tags

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