Topics included: creating an enterprise budget for a cow/calf operation, eliminating animal stress during the winter months, understanding the female reproductive tract, dealing with calf scours, identifying poisonous plants in grazing systems, utilizing vaccines in animal health, selecting and culling females, preparing calves for the feedlot, using feed additives for optimal animal nutrition, conducting breeding soundness exams for herd bulls, combating the animal rights movement, eliminating difficulties during calving season and selecting the correct corral and squeeze chute designs for working cattle.
As these young kids tackled some heavy issues in the industry, I realized that these were some of the best and brightest that would carry on the traditions of beef cattle production. I felt so honored to be able to judge this competition and be a part of an exciting event for Simmental breeders. With kids like these in our industry, the future of agriculture certainly looks bright!
BEEF Daily Quick Fact: Unfortunately, vegetarians are three times more prevalent in today's society than farmers and ranchers. (Source: Trent Loos in his speech at Illinois Beef Association's Summer Conference)
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