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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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A land of good cattle, good grass and good people—what few people there are

As the 46th least-populated state in the U.S., South Dakota is prime country for agriculture.

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Southern Utah – where Indians scribed their history on cliffs, Butch Cassidy hid from the law, and John Wayne became the Duke. The area has been known as the land of cowboys and Indians.

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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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