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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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Historically, corn and corn dried distillers grains (DDGs) are priced at seasonal lows during the fall months. Due to their unique nutrient profile, DDGs are a good source of both protein and energy.

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The commercial cow is the unsung hero of the beef industry. In a wide range of environments, she has the task of breeding, calving, nursing and rebreeding in a timely manner.

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Regardless of whether you are buying hay or feeding the hay you raised, it is a good idea to test the hay to determine what, if any, supplementation will be needed based on the body condition score and nutrient requirements of your cows.

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The summer heat is quickly fading, which means fall time and weaning are just around the corner. Transitioning newly weaned or received cattle can present a number of challenges. Good management during the preconditioning phase is key to long-term health and performance of calves.

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Many fall-calving herds may have calves on the ground already. Fall-calving cows and young calves are at risk for heat stress, and excessive heat can lead to lethargic calves at birth.

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There is a step in between weaning and payday that can make a difference in our product. I’m sure you can recall seeing trailers with various issues over the years. When loading out after a sale once, I loaded a heifer onto a buyer’s bumper pull trailer.

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