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There are some pretty strict guidelines that define what is truly a closed beef herd.

Are you really running a closed herd?

You can’t be ‘a little bit pregnant’ or ‘mostly closed’

(Editor’s note: This column, written by Karin Schmid, Research and Production Manager with the Alberta Beef Producers, first appeared as a blog post on the Beef Cattle Research Council website at A surprising proportion of producers believe they run a closed herd. The 2017 Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey requested reasons why certain management practices […] Read more