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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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Your upcoming calf crop is two things: revenue and food.

First, on the revenue side, we have discussed the importance of pre-conditioning and health protocols numerous times.

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Benchmarking is a unique tool that allows producers to evaluate their enterprise’s strengths but, more importantly, areas where improvements can be made, such as management, genetic selection or herd health programs.

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For many of you, the upcoming calving season is right around the corner, and if your email boxes are anything like mine, they are full with upcoming bull sale advertisements.

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As discussed last month, regardless of your operation goals, it is critical to evaluate all bulls for scrotal circumference, calving ease, birthweight, structural soundness and disposition.

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Bull buying season is just around the corner, and it is important to have a plan in place prior to attending a sale or visiting a ranch for a private treaty purchase. Identifying the goals and marketing strategy for your operation is the first step in the decision-making process.

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The new year symbolizes a great opportunity to reflect about ways to reduce costs and improve upon 2018 profitability. Ranch profitability is essentially determined by enterprise cost structure.

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