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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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Unfortunately, drought and abnormally dry conditions continue to expand in a large portion of the south-central region as of this writing. Additionally, current projections through the end of February call for drought to continue in current areas and for drought to develop in almost all of the south-central region.

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We’ve turned over the calendar year, and many beef producers in the Northwest are well into winter feeding as well as preparing for calving season.

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A general rule of thumb is: It takes 2 to 3 tons of hay to winter a beef cow. If $125 per ton and feeding for 150 days, it’s going to cost $1.70 to $2.50 per cow per day in feed expenses alone – without labor costs and machinery expenses.

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Happy New Year! Here’s to a great 2021 for you, your family and your operation. How do we prepare for both success and failure in this new year?

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As the year comes to an end, it is a good time to look back and evaluate how the operation did and what things can be improved on moving forward to increase profit potential and reduce risk.

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No matter if you’ve been in the business one year or 20 years, you always seem to find improvements you can make to your working facilities. Well-constructed facilities should reduce stressful situations for both cattle and handlers.

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