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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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Hope the summer has been kind to your operation thus far. The summer of 2016 was a struggle for most; the drought was a hard pill to swallow. This year has shaken out to be much better for many, and the long-term precipitation forecast is more optimistic.

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As the grazing season progresses, cattle use of riparian areas will increase due to more appealing grazing conditions (i.e., forage quality and quantity). Overgrazing riparian areas during the summer (hot temperatures and lack of moisture) can have detrimental impacts on forage.

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Cool-season grass production in August is often reduced by about 50 percent of the forage yield in May due to increased temperatures and reduced moisture.

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Fall is approaching, and the majority of beef cattle producers will be weaning calves in the next few months. The goal of weaning programs is to minimize stress on calves and prepare them to perform as stockers, feeders and replacement heifers.

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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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