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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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I was recently riding through the county taking in the status of our pastures and hayfields, as most irrigation has been turned off for the year.

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Many producers will be weaning calves in the next few months. The goal of a good weaning program is to minimize stress on calves and prepare them to perform as replacement heifers, stockers or feeders.

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Having a defined breeding season has many benefits for a cow-calf operation. Some of these benefits include:

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For some, these warm summer months are the time of year we can play catch-up. The days are long, the cows and calves are still out on pasture, and we might have just enough time to catch our breaths and catch up on the long overdue task of updating our records.

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Drought and limited forage availability are good reasons to consider early weaning. Weaning calves early can alleviate grazing pressure and reduce supplemental feeding of cows.

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Heat stress in the cattle herd may be a concern during the warmest months of the year in the southeast U.S. Unlike humans, cattle get rid of excess heat in their system through breathing and panting more than sweating.

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