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Regional Features

Learn about different regions of the U.S. that are key to the beef cattle industry.

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A trailer door slams shut behind a herd of black heifers while the truck engine hums in the background.

Quickly after the loading chaos settles, the truck quietly shifts into gear and eases away from the lone corral.

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More than 600 feedlots call Rock County, Minnesota, home.

With a land area of a little more than 320,000 acres, Rock County houses feedlots with fewer than 300 animal units to more than 3,000 head.

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South Texas is a region that lies roughly south of San Antonio. The southern boundary is the Rio Grande River, and the east is the Gulf of Mexico.

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When thinking about the beef industry, Iowa is generally not the first state that comes to mind. However, Iowa has a booming beef industry thanks to readily available resources, and in fact, there are more cattle living in Iowa than there are people.

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Ranches derived from family heritage in the Pineywoods eco-region of East Texas were described in the September, 2013 issue of Progressive Cattleman.

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Eastern Oregon is a challenging environment for raising cattle. Some years there are more months of winter than summer.

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