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After nearly a decade of growing cover crops and a long list of no-till cash crops, Dan Forgey, agronomy manager at Cronin Farms, Gettysburg, South Dakota, sees mounting benefits from plant diversity.

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Jake Jacobson’s high school FFA project was the developing and marketing of bred heifers. He bought 24 Red Angus yearling heifers from a reputable purebred breeder, leased a bull from his parents, and marketed the cattle locally as bred heifers.

The project’s success drew involvement from family members. Today, the Jacobsons annually develop and market about 100 bred heifers from their ranch near Max, North Dakota. They also custom-develop bred heifers for other producers.

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Tweak Weaning Details

Reducing stress on just-weaned calves leads to better long-term health, and we've got eight actions you can take to help keep calves stress-free.

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