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Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

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By Rayford Pullen 

First, this is the time of year we truly need to remember why we do what we do and be grateful that we can pursue our dream. Our families and our friends are the most wonderful assets we have in our lives and just like the land and the livestock we care for, we must also do the same with those who make our lives complete. Enjoy the holiday season; it’s that time of the year to give thanks for all we have and all that we are about. From the Pullen Angus crew, Carla Sue, Brad Liggett, Cliff and Jo Norman, James Lawrence and me, enjoy the season and keep our Lord and Savior in all that you do.

Stress can come quickly when dealing with cattle especially when it comes to calving heifers. The friends and family I mentioned above will get to see a side of you like what I imagine happens during a three-alarm fire. Case in point happened the day before this article was written but may provide good information as we close in on spring calving season although it is in the dead of winter.
We saw the feet appear at 4:50 p.m. and this first-calf heifer has absolutely no experience in delivering a calf. It is now 5:50 and there she is, up and down, walking around, and we are trying to decide what to do next. Our rule of thumb at Pullen Angus is to allow two hours for the heifer to have a calf before we intervene.

To read more pick up a copy of the December 2016 NTFR issue. Call 940-872-5922 to subscribe!

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Ranch Biosecurity

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By Barry Whitworth, DVM

With beef, pork, and poultry exports playing a vital role in the economic health of livestock operations, producers need to understand the dangers that foreign animal diseases and other diseases may have on the viability of their operations.

The recent discovery of Influenza A H5N1 virus in dairy cattle demonstrates the vulnerability of livestock operations to disease events. Sick animals are not the only consequence of a disease outbreak. The economic cost associated with disease can be high. Also, in foreign animal disease outbreaks, export markets can be temporarily lost. Currently, Columbia has restricted fresh/frozen beef and beef products from states with dairy herds testing positive for Avian Influenza. The best defense against these threats is a good biosecurity plan.

To read more, pick up a copy of the June issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Ag Elsewhere: Montana

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In Montana, June brings irrigating, brandings, and some wondrous sights from Mother Nature.

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Ag Elsewhere: Wyoming

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By Tressa Lawrence

Happy June from the lands of Wyoming!

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