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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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Breeding season is right around the corner, and a shorter calving period next year could be the first step toward improved reproductive performance in the long term.

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Spring is here or near. Plans for spring calf-working and stockers heading to grass should consider growth-promoting implants. Of the management tools and technologies available today, implants still offer one of the more attractive benefit-to-cost ratios.

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March is an exciting time. Temperatures start creeping up slowly, days get longer, and many producers in the Midwest and North begin to see the results of their 2016 mating decisions.

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For many in the Southern Plains, calving season is just starting or will be starting in the next few months.

While we hope to never experience any problems during calving season, we know that is not realistic. However, many problems can be avoided with proper heifer development and wise breeding decisions for both heifers and cows.

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The days are getting longer, but do not overlook the fact that winter likely will have a firm grasp on us for another six to eight weeks. As such, this month focuses on mitigation of cold stress.

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Bull selection is right around the corner and often a tough decision for cattlemen. The herd bull choice made today can significantly impact genetic improvement of the herd and economic returns long term. It is important to select bulls with the desired performance traits allowing the operation to maximize profitability.

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