09-04-2014 01:17 AM | USA

Upper Midwest increasing beef cow numbers, but challenges remain

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.

What's happening at the Elliott ranch near Clifford, N.D., is happening at ranches across America this spring: A new batch of calves is coming into the world, and ranchers are working diligently to keep their animals safe and healthy.
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