Minimal input

Veterinary professor looks at beef production trends.

In some cases, animal care has been overlooked, and demand for some veterinary services has declined.

He said higher vet costs and lower animal values mean sick and unproductive cattle are more likely to go untreated.

Deaths and illnesses that occur on the range or in the feedlot are often viewed as inconsequential.

“Raising cattle is not fun like it used to be,” Janzen said. “Guys used to get out there and pay (closer) attention … because there was value in it.”

He said the new system of beef production is part of a larger trend that is sometimes called minimal input animal agriculture.

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