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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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Below-normal moisture and above-normal temperatures have been the spring weather pattern in most of the West. Variability in precipitation and subsequent variation in forage production is a huge challenge to manage.

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As I look at the most current drought monitor map published on Feb. 15, most of the south-central region is experiencing dry conditions. Hopefully, by the time you read this, the area has received widespread rain, and pastures are covered with abundant supplies of green-growing forage.

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Want to improve your calf crop and your herd? Want to avoid all the pitfalls of rapid change? Who wouldn’t? Good bulls are the answer, and buyers are better at picking out what they prefer than ever. Stout-made, big-ribbed bulls are in style. This isn’t a fad. These cattle bring results.

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Calf scours is the number one cause of death during the first 30 days of life. And while proper and timely treatment can significantly improve survival rates, prevention is more feasible than treatment.

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Selection emphasis on calving ease and birthweight has helped minimize labor inputs during calving season. Unfortunately, some ranchers have also experienced reduced vigor and health from smaller calves.

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It’s March, spring is around the corner and so is fly season. In this region, several types of flies – horn fly, house fly, stable fly, heel fly – annoy and irritate cattle and also vector some diseases. The methods of control and success of those measures can vary from one type of fly to another.

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