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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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As spring arrives, it means initial calf working for many cow-calf producers. This initial processing is often done when calves are 2 to 3 months old.

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Spring is on the horizon and producers are looking ahead toward grazing turnout. Preparation should include evaluation of all the potential bulls that may be turned out with cows. This evaluation is referred to as a breeding soundness exam (BSE).

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Standardized performance analysis records indicate that, on average, a beef cow is 6 years old before she pays off her developmental and feed costs and starts generating a profit. Therefore, starting her off on the right foot is key.

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Many beef cattle producers graze winter annuals, but are they utilized in the most optimal way? Instead of unrestricted access to forage, limit grazing is a strategy which can be used to help provide short-term access to a high-quality forage crop and extend the use of other conserved forage resources being used on the farm.

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Spring bull buying season is here, and when buying bulls, it is critical to evaluate what type of bull will benefit the operation most. This month will focus on bulls purchased to raise replacement heifers.

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Continuing with the theme of nutrition at calving, we’ll now shift focus to how it relates to colostrum production along with management for the calf. Born essentially without immunity, calves don’t yet have the necessary antibodies to shield them from disease, which is why they have to rely on their mother for the immunoglobulin-rich nourishment of colostrum through passive immunity.

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