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Regional Features

Learn about different regions of the U.S. that are key to the beef cattle industry.

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Some areas of the country are more difficult than others in which to raise cattle. Southwestern New Mexico is one of these regions, although for a couple of reasons that may be unexpected.

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The cattle industry is very diverse – from the cow-calf operator to feeders and processors. Very few people have all of the resources they need in a small area, but for producers in northern Colorado, their needs are met.

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The Edwards Plateau ecoregion of central Texas is an elevated area originally formed from marine deposits of sandstone, limestone, shales and dolomites 100 million years ago when this region was covered by ocean.

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The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) special rangers work diligently “to honor and protect the ranching way of life” by hunting down cattle rustlers and bringing justice to ranchers across Texas and Oklahoma. On average, the rangers work 800 to 1,300 cases a year.

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A trailer door slams shut behind a herd of black heifers while the truck engine hums in the background.

Quickly after the loading chaos settles, the truck quietly shifts into gear and eases away from the lone corral.

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More than 600 feedlots call Rock County, Minnesota, home.

With a land area of a little more than 320,000 acres, Rock County houses feedlots with fewer than 300 animal units to more than 3,000 head.

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