For Brian Marshall, the clock starts the minute a new calf hits the ground. Within the first four or five hours, this Missouri producer makes sure newborns are given an immunity-building bolus to head off scours and pneumonia, and lessen stress.
Marshall manages the cattle side of Marshall and Fenner Farms, a family operation at Malta Bend. Today, this operation, which started around 1950, is home to four generations. Marshall and six family members run the farm, which includes 2,700 acres of row crops (soybeans, corn and wheat) and a cattle operation.
Most of the cows here are ...