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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 fall arrives, it is time to start making or finalizing plans for winter feeding. A first step should be to take inventory of stored forages: hay, stockpiled native range or stockpiled introduced forages like bermudagrass and bahiagrass.

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Fall is here, which means weaning time is upon us. Weaning can be stressful for both calves and producers. The actual weaning period offers some unique challenges that can lead to poor calf performance and negatively affect calf value.

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Typically, feed represents 50 to 60 percent of total costs in the cow-calf sector, and a proportion of these costs in the Upper Midwest can be attributed to harvested feed. Drought conditions in much of our region have minimized harvested forages this summer and, in return, forage prices are higher.

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In 2014, live calves with four legs brought top dollar. Those days are over, and things have definitely changed. Still, everyone wants premium prices for their calf crops.

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Summer is almost over and fall is soon upon us. This time of year provides an opportunity to give spring-calving cows, especially first- and second-calf cows, a little boost if needed.

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Ready or not, weaning season is here for spring-calving herds. Drought has affected much of our region, leaving producers with far fewer pasture resources than typical and forcing producers to start supplementing cows to extend the grazing season.

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