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  • This little pony gets a big hug from Claudine Nichols, a resident at Imboden Creek Living Center, Decatur, Illinois. (Progressive Farmer photo by Pamela Smith)

    Soft Touch

    These therapy animals have tiny hooves and big hearts.

  • Transforming a trailer full of stressed stocker calves into a profit starts with a good deworming program.(DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)

    Stressed Stockers

    Stockers are probably the cattle at greatest risk for internal parasites, making dewormers a critical management component.

  • Ralph Pelaez (right) and daughter, Stephanie Pelaez Fowler, believe a focus on profits helps keep a ranch sustainable for the next generation, in this case, McKinley.(Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)

    Profit Points

    These six profit-makers can increase returns for cow/calf producers.

  • Amy Lehenbauer says when she started to work full-time on the family farm, it was critical to know where she could best contribute to the success of the overall operation. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    Annie's Project

    Thousands of women in ag are growing successful careers today thanks to a program in memory of a mother's love.

  • DTN's average weekly spot price for DDG was 2 cents higher at $113 per ton, as demand is picking up. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

    DDG Weekly Update

    The DTN average dried distillers grains price was higher on average for the week ended Oct. 26 at $113 per ton.

  • Sudden cold can damage a bull's ability to reproduce by lowering body condition, causing an illness or even frostbite.(DTN/Progressive Farmer image by Jim Patrico)

    Bull Power

    Cold weather can reduce reproductive potential of even the toughest herd bull.

  • Setting up the right mineral program for a beef herd starts with the basics. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)

    Ask the Vet

    The amount of minerals in soils varies across the country and should be considered when choosing the right mineral formulation for a herd.

  • USDA has decided to withdraw the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, or GIPSA, rule. (Photo courtesy of Mississippi State University Agriculture Communications)

    USDA to Withdraw GIPSA Rule

    USDA plans to withdraw the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, or GIPSA, interim final rule.

  • Forecasting what you can afford to pay for a replacement cow or heifer, before buying, helps strengthen an operation's economic foundation.

    Buying Decisions

    Forecasting what you can afford to pay for a replacement cow or heifer, before buying, helps strengthen an operation's economic foundation.

  • The extra effort to keep hay quality high, says Jim Singleton, creates market opportunities.(DTN/Progressive Farmer photo courtesy Jim Singleton)

    Making Hay

    The best bermudagrass hay requires good agronomic management and a timely harvest.

  • Weaning time is stressful for calves as well as the producers. Proper steps can help reduce illness and limit costs. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)

    Weaning Tips

    Here are several different approaches producers can use to reduce sickness and make the entire weaning process less stressful.

  • See what veterinarians keep in their winter calving kits in the checklist below.(Progressive Farmer image by Sam Wirzba)

    Calf Care

    Newborn calves don't have to be exposed to freezing temperatures to develop hypothermia.

  • Are "traceability gaps" hurting America's cattle industry? (DTN/Progressive Farmer image by Boyd Kidwell)

    Animal Identification

    When is a "consensus" not a consensus? According to one group of cattle producers, when APHIS uses the word in a recent summary of comments from public meetings.

  • Close monitoring and treatment are called for in a calf with naval ill. (DTN/Progressive Farmer image by Claire Vath)

    Ask the Vet

    An infection in a calf's umbilical cord, also known as naval ill, can increase the chance the urachus won't close and wither after birth.

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