Ask a rancher what his or her “dream cow” looks like, and you’ll get a lot of various answers. The cow’s breed, mature weight and genotype may differ depending on the producer’s goals, environment, production practices and marketing strategies.
However, no matter where you live or what your operational goals are, there are a few factors to selecting the ideal cow that I think everyone can agree on — quiet disposition, great milking ability, structural soundness, easy calving and fertility.
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Farmers and ranchers are no strangers to challenging times. From volatile markets to brutal weather extremes to the rising costs of operating an agricultural enterprise, it takes a lot of grit, dedication, determination and sacrifice to maintain a sustainable and successful business.
In particular right now, though, the slow and steady grind of the most recent economic downturn in the agricultural economy is taking its toll on producers.
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