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Cattle sector aims to break the cycle

Many beef producers got an unpleasant shock at last fall’s preg check, and experts are weighing in on what can be done to avoid a similar problem this year.

According to a report from the Western Canadian Animal Health Network (WeCAHN), more than 40 per cent of some herds were found open. That was offset by more fortunate herds with two or three per cent open rates, WeCAHN said, but across all herds, open percentages ranged from 10 to 12 per cent, compared with eight to 10 the year before. That was even with a potentially weighted sample, as producers may have already gotten rid of open cows before testing, the report noted.

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