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Refocus the Herd
Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:40 AM CST

Duane Strider sells a lot of bulls, but he believes it's family that counts. Cow families, that is.

This North Carolina cattleman has built a business around identifying cows with longevity and multiplying those genetics. Duane and wife, Wendy, who raise Gelbvieh cattle, have 25 Dam of Distinction and Dam of Merit cows in their herd of 350. In the Gelbvieh breed, less than 5% of cows earn Dam of Merit and less than 1% achieve Dam of Distinction.

The Strider's cows earn these honors by calving as 2-year-olds, maintaining regular calving intervals ...

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