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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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Bull-buying season is just around the corner, and it is time to start making plans on how many and what type of bulls you may need. Before you head out to buy bulls, it is a good idea to determine what selection criteria are important to you, prioritize those criteria and establish a budget.

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The end of the year means it might be a good time to review and perhaps update the employee management plan. Effective employee management is as important to the success of a ranch as understanding markets and production strategies.

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Typically, when we think of cold stress, we think of feedlot cattle performance being affected, not the cow herd. However, cold stress can impact the cow herd’s productivity and requirements too.

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Cattle don’t like processing days because it’s out of their comfort zone. It’s a lot like men going clothes shopping with their wives. Processing days are stressful events. More people are around.

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Hopefully, all is going well at your operation. Every region has its strengths and weaknesses. For example, in the Southeast, we have to fight against the negatives of humidity and moisture in cattle production but, in turn, we have the potential for 10-month grazing.

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Gazing across lush, green wheat or rye or triticale pasture, one might assume the nutrient needs of stocker cattle are well supplied. However, concentrations of macro- and trace minerals can range from adequate to deficient in these forages.

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