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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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The breeding season is just starting for late-winter-calving operations and will soon start for traditional spring-calving operations. Good planning and proper management prior to and during the breeding season can help ensure success. Breeding seasons should be limited to no more than about 90 days to reduce the potential of heifers getting bred by herd bulls prior to weaning.

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Warmer weather, the sight of green grass in weeks to come and thoughts of planting season is refreshing. However, for many producers, planting season also coincides with breeding season, which often results in some extremely important management practices for the cow herd being placed on the back burner.

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Breeding season is upon us, and producers are looking for ways to optimize the cost of generating a pregnant cow versus the value of the calf produced. Open cows impact profitability, so producers need to identify a breeding program that improves their operation’s calf crop.

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In their February forecast, the Climate Prediction Center labeled much of the region as “drought remains but improves.” The extensive drought has left bare pastures and created sizable stand losses.

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Spring is on its way – and not a moment too soon. Now may be a good time to look at soil fertility, particularly for those that missed fall fertilization due to drought.

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Breeding season is right around the corner, and a shorter calving period next year could be the first step toward improved reproductive performance in the long term.

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