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Upper Midwest looks to increase beef cow numbers, but challenges remain

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CLIFFORD, N.D. — The delivery went smoothly, and both mother and newly born bull calf are doing well. The cow, maternal instincts on overdrive, licks the calf fervently. Her son, ungainly but determined, tries to struggle to his feet in the straw-covered pen.

Kevin Elliott, watching from just outside the pen, smiles at the sight.

“I really like this time of year, seeing them take that first gasp of life,” he says.

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