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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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Everyone is looking forward to spring and summer rains and a good season for rangelands and pastures. But who knows with certainty what will actually occur? Uncertainty of the amount and timeliness of rainfall is the reason monitoring rainfall, growing conditions and forage accumulation, and planning for contingencies are necessary.

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Behind feed cost, reproductive efficiency is the second-biggest driver of profitability in the cow herd. Because of this, the importance of proper breeding season preparations cannot be overstated.

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Breeding season is here, and several factors contribute to the success of an A.I. breeding program. Open cows impact profitability, so producers need to identify low-cost ways to maximize their A.I. pregnancy rates. Improving conception rates usually involves attention to detail, and thus requires some preparation.

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I hope the grass and calves are growing strong at your operation this spring. Marketing is top priority for most producers right now, it seems. Guarding against market lows with value-added management can improve the bottom line. Pre-conditioned calf crops are in high demand.

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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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