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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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Spring-calving herds

Weaning time is upon most producers in the Southern Great Plains. Make sure you are ready with adequate supplies of vaccines, needles, eartags (if not already tagged), dewormer, etc.

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The goal of every receiving protocol in the feedlots is to get cattle up on feed quickly and keep calves healthy to optimize weight gain and feed efficiency during the finishing period. While feedlots have several tools to aid in accomplishing this goal, management on the cow-calf farm is really the driving force behind the success – or lack of success – of a group of steers entering the feedlot.

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During the fall, many Western ranchers are weaning and checking for open cows. Cull cows will begin to be sorted from the herd, so it’s time to decide the best way to market this valuable set of cows.

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Late-summer rains have helped ease some of the drought-stricken pastures in the Southeast. Still, hay and winter feedstuffs are weighing heavy on the minds for many in the drought areas. If you are in a position to sell hay this year, make the selling process easier for everyone involved by submitting correctly gathered samples for analysis.

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Weaning time is approaching quickly for spring-calving cow herds, which raises many questions. When should my calves be weaned? If the cow herd is in suboptimal body condition, weaning earlier and increasing the number of grazing days prior to frost should increase condition and reduce feed costs through the winter.

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Weaning season is here. Critically assess udder quality, temperament and structure of cows while calves are still at their side. Proper heifer selection starts with assessment of her dam.

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