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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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The story of the Trojan horse is well known. The big, beautiful statue concealed Greek soldiers who attacked and took the city of Troy in the dead of night. The statue was willingly brought into the heavily guarded and fortified city, yet it led to the fall of the Trojans.

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Early summer is a key time for production of our warm-season perennial grasses such as bermudagrass and bahiagrass in the southeast U.S. But what about summer annuals? Do they fit in our system – and if so, which ones?

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Assuming there is not a major disease or bull issue, cow body condition score (BCS) is the number one factor that impacts pregnancy rates.

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If one theme has persisted over the past year, it is the constant reminder of drought in the West. Even with the moisture this spring, many ranchers have had to make difficult management decisions to stay afloat in recent months.

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Observation and reflection seem to be lost arts in a world dominated by phone screens, datasets and short attention spans. As we enter the grazing season, I challenge you to observe and reflect when watching cows graze.

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Stocking rate is defined as the number of animals per unit area over a given period of time and is often reported as animals per acre or pounds of animal bodyweight per acre.

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