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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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Spring bull sale season is starting. This article will focus on bull buying considerations for commercial producers, but many of the items discussed also apply to seedstock producers for theirs and their customers’ needs.

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The most stressful period of a calf’s life are its first 14 days and, in the West, those first two weeks can be especially stressful during the bitterly cold winter.

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As we gear up for calving season, now is a good time to consider what information we should be collecting to help us make informed decisions about the future of the cow herd.

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Preparation is critical to having a successful calving season. Step 1 of preparation begins by establishing a controlled breeding and calving season that works best with your operation, and is vital to the profitability and sustainability of your cattle business.

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I was recently asked to give a presentation on “How to make money in the cow business.” Whether you are running 40 or 400 cows, money can routinely be made in the cow business, but it takes good planning, recordkeeping and decision-making.

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Winter in the Intermountain West can be somewhat unpredictable from year to year. Due to the variability in weather and the duration of time in which we will see cold weather, it is essential producers have a plan on how they are going to provide for their herds and care for new additions.

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