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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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Winter-annual pastures (ryegrass, wheat, oats, etc.) are off to a great start due to good rains across much of the south-central region. To get the most out of these pastures, specific grazing and mineral supplementation strategies are needed.

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Evaluating bull and cow body condition scores (BCS) prior to the winter months is essential to ensure productivity and longevity in our herds. There are two main activities that should be addressed prior to the winter season.

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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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