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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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Management of first-calf heifers can be challenging but also crucial because of your investment into the genetics of your herd. The young females in production are typically the best genetics in your herd, so it makes sense to monitor them more closely.

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Periods of extreme heat are often associated with the months of July and August and cause severe stress on cattle and cattlemen. Since we can’t control Mother Nature, being proactive is the best management practice to mitigate heat stress while still maintaining performance.

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The grazing season is in full swing, and cattle grazing on Western rangelands can be unevenly distributed due to large pasture size, variation in forage availability and limited access to water. This can lead to poor forage use efficiency, lower animal production and declining range health in overgrazed areas.

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The summer of 2017, in the Southeast, could be shaping up to be a repeat of 2016 for some. The National Weather Service forecasted Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina to have below-average rainfall through July.

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Location, rainfall, forage species, age of animals and stocking rates are all important factors in developing a strategic deworming plan. The key to a strategic deworming plan is to treat cattle when environmental/pasture conditions are less favorable for worm infection and survival.

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In the summer months, cattle will consume approximately 2 gallons of water per 100 pounds of bodyweight. Heat waves may increase this intake by 50 percent or more. If the water source you have is high in iron or sulfur, this represents a dramatic increase in total daily intake of these minerals.

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