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Cutting Risks
Mon Aug 25, 2014 03:49 PM CDT

Bill and Claudia Tucker believe in setting the mark high and holding it there. Preconditioning is never optional. Tucker Family Farms is a seventh-generation operation in Amherst, Va., expanded in 1992 to include retained ownership through slaughter. The ability to follow cattle through finishing and harvest, and see carcass and feedlot data, has confirmed to him that an emphasis on calf care and early growth yields real results.

"We have cattle of known genetics," Bill Tucker said. "We've been collecting feedlot and carcass information on them for 22 years. The only way to ...

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