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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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How big is big enough? Cattle producers debate cow size as if it were politics. It simply comes down to dollars and “sense.” Cow inputs account for a large portion of an operation’s expenses.

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2018 has been an interesting year for cattlemen, as we experienced a wide array of drought and flooding conditions and even both in some areas. There is no doubt that the weather conditions Mother Nature threw at us had an impact on forage quality.

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We often think of vaccines and diseases when using this analogy. That most definitely applies, but let’s use this analogy and think bigger-picture as winter gets closer.

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Selection of replacement heifers is a big financial decision for the cow-calf operation. Development costs often add up fast, and the wait for the first paycheck from her is a long one. Here are some tips to think about during heifer selection to hopefully aid in avoiding making some costly mistakes.

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Drought conditions during most of the year have prompted feed shortages. Hay is expensive, forcing many to seek a lower-cost alternative. Grazing crop residue can be an effective way to lower winter feed costs.

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Range cubes are used by many in the beef industry to supply additional nutrients lacking in standing forage and hay supplies. One benefit of range cubes is: They can be fed on the ground without the need for feedbunks.

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