Managerial changes require a review of both the positive and negative. Previous discussion on changing the calving date has resulted in two major points: reducing the cows’ winter feeding costs and lower the death loss among newborn calves.
News of an animal identification system seems to be slowly, but methodically, percolating through the news again. News is ongoing and quite competitive in a strange way, so getting some space is always significant.
This spring is certainly one to remember. At the Dickinson Research Extension Center, calf death loss is just more than 11 percent, almost quadruple the typical loss of 3 percent for North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association members.
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