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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 winter comes to an end and we start thinking about spring turnout, it’s also time to ensure all our equipment is in order. Before loading cattle this spring, it’s important to ensure that your truck and trailer are ready for the task.

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Bull buying season is in full swing. When selecting bulls, one thing that is often overlooked but deserves consideration is the way in which the bulls were developed.

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In last month’s roundup, I made the statement that it is important to focus on only the most important things in each scenario and not get overwhelmed trying to look at every expected progeny difference (EPD), index or performance information for a bull.

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February is marked by the beginning of bull sales out West. The western region of the U.S. has some of the top seedstock producers for many breeds used across the nation. However, before going to a sale, you should do your homework to ensure you know what you are looking for, how much the animal is worth and what you are willing to pay.

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Calving season decisions should be made based on labor availability, feed resources, cow nutrient demand, weather patterns and seasonal cattle markets.

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We live in an information-savvy world and industry. Information has come to be expected for use in decision-making processes. We have access to more information on individual beef animals than ever before.

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