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Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:55 PM CDT

Ask veterinarian Ken Blue about the health program in his custom preconditioning operation, and you'll probably expect to hear about vaccination schedules and medications. Not so. What you will hear are his reasons, delivered passionately, on the necessity of keeping stress to a bare minimum.

"You have to get them comfortable to tell if something isn't right," says the Lawrenceburg, Tenn., cattleman. "Their defense mechanism is to hide when they are sick, to stay with the herd."

Despite the veterinarian's best efforts, the cattle he preconditions do get sick. One reason is that ...

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