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Regional Roundup

The Regional Roundup is production advice to help meet challenges found in specific areas of the United States. Regions include Midwest/North, Southeast, Southern Plains and West.

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For many in the Southern Plains, calving season is just starting or will be starting in the next few months.

While we hope to never experience any problems during calving season, we know that is not realistic. However, many problems can be avoided with proper heifer development and wise breeding decisions for both heifers and cows.

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The days are getting longer, but do not overlook the fact that winter likely will have a firm grasp on us for another six to eight weeks. As such, this month focuses on mitigation of cold stress.

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Bull selection is right around the corner and often a tough decision for cattlemen. The herd bull choice made today can significantly impact genetic improvement of the herd and economic returns long term. It is important to select bulls with the desired performance traits allowing the operation to maximize profitability.

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The Southeastern drought of 2016 is expected to persist and expand into the deep South and to the West through early spring. Check all purchased feedstuffs for nutritional analysis.

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Pasture bloat may not be a top-of-mind concern in January. But late winter and spring are around the corner and bring an increased potential for bloat in stocker cattle grazing small-grains forages and some pastures with a legume component.

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As calving season approaches for a large majority of the northern U.S., be aware that the intensive use of calving ease genetics has shortened the gestation length in many herds.

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