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  • Warts tend to be cyclical in cow herds, and can spread animal to animal, but also from areas where cattle rub and scratch against. (PF stock image)

    Ask the Vet

    Treating warts in the cow herd can be challenging, because they not only can spread animal to animal, but also from scratching against common areas like posts, buildings and trees.

  • If $220 annual cash rent could be received for an acre of Iowa farmland forever, the present value could be calculated like a perpetuity, but that value is tremendously sensitive to your assumptions about the long-term discount rate. (Chart by Elaine Kub)

    Kub's Den

    Lower interest rates typically imply higher justified asset prices, and now that interest rates are at record-low levels, their influence may be outweighing some of the COVID-19 bearishness.

  • Wet weather combined with a longer hair coat, can set calves up for external parasites and skin problems.(PF photo by Karl Wolfshohl)

    Ask the Vet

    As seasons change, biting insects and cold, wet conditions, can set cattle up for skin rashes.

  • Grazing needs more thought than just letting the cattle loose. (DTN\PF file photo)

    Spring Grazing Management Imperative

    Cattle producers need a plan before cattle are turned out and grazing season begins. Fences and water supply structures need to be maintained while supplementation and herd health are also important factors to consider before cattle go to grass.

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