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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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The Edwards Plateau ecoregion of central Texas is an elevated area originally formed from marine deposits of sandstone, limestone, shales and dolomites 100 million years ago when this region was covered by ocean.

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The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) special rangers work diligently “to honor and protect the ranching way of life” by hunting down cattle rustlers and bringing justice to ranchers across Texas and Oklahoma. On average, the rangers work 800 to 1,300 cases a year.

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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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