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Dealing With Heat Stress in Beef Cattle Operations

Dealing With Heat Stress in Beef Cattle Operations - AS1615

Being proactive is the best approach for dealing with heat stress in cattle. Once cattle are in a severe state of heat stress, you may be too late to help them. Interventions that cause animals to cool extremely rapid or animal distress could have disastrous consequences. Having a solid management plan in place to address heat stress could pay big dividends in the form of maintained animal performance during periods of heat and in avoiding death losses in severe cases.

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Is Your Playground Safe For Kids?

Is Your Playground Safe for Kids - FN1374

We want our kids to “play hard,” but we want them to play safely, too. Parents and caregivers need to be aware of potential safety issues and what a properly maintained playground looks like. This publication provides information about surfacing materials and safety standards.

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Sodium - FN1612

Sodium is a chemical element naturally found in our bodies and in the foods we consume in the form of sodium chloride (NaCl), or table salt. Sodium is very important because it regulates fluid balance and generates electrical signals for nerve and muscle functions in our bodies. When we eat too much sodium, our body retains more water to maintain the proper fluid balance, resulting in high blood pressure, or hypertension. When this occurs, sodium does more harm than good to a person’s health status.

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Do You Need a Dietary Supplement?

Do You Need a Dietary Supplement? - FN1607

More than half of all Americans take a daily supplement, and Americans spend billions of dollars on these vitamins, minerals, fiber, herbal products and other items. Including one in your daily schedule may be commonplace.

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Nourish Your Digestive System

Nourish Your Digestive System - FN1606

Our large intestine (colon) is home to 100 trillion “friendly” bacteria. These bacteria help defend us against disease, make certain vitamins such as vitamin K, and help break down extra food residue that remains after digestion in the small intestine. This process is known as fermentation. Our bacteria can become imbalanced due to stress, diarrhea, changes in diet and antibiotics. Consuming fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, probiotics and prebiotics can help our bacteria stay within a healthy balance.

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