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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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It takes approximately six years for a beef cow to pay herself off before she starts generating a profit for the operation. Much of this expense is driven by the investment cost put into developing her.

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Facilities and equipment are critical to the success of any agricultural enterprise. The best way to test a relationship with a significant other or friend is to get up a group of cattle and work calves together.

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Spring is the time of peak forage production for most operations in the South Central region. Growing conditions range considerably across this region, but good grazing and forage management practices are key to successful cow-calf operations.

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When you think of a quality cow herd, the first things that come to mind are conception rate, docility or average weaning weight. Although these traits are important, they shouldn’t be the only measure of a great cow herd.

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Employing a planning process is a good step for beginning and established farms. If you are just starting your business, performing a strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis on your operation is a great place to start.

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A cow’s milk supply provides adequate energy and protein to meet the requirements of her calf for the first few months of life. However, after about 90 days, milk production alone is often insufficient to meet the rapid growth requirement of the calf.

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