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As summer advances and the grazing pastures begin to mature and dry up, beef producers may need to look at alternative plans for meeting the maintenance requirements of the herd, according to the experts at the Kansas State (K-State) University Beef Cattle Institute.

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Each season of the year brings management considerations for the beef producer. For summer, two groups in the herd—first-calf heifers and young calves—need special attention.

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Breeding through AI synchronization is easier to implement with heifers because they make up a smaller percentage of the herd and are females of a similar age that haven’t raised a calf.

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Snow thawing and warm days may lift the spirits of many, but for cattle producers it often leads to extra work managing around mud. 

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Locally sourced food has grown in popularity in recent years, leading some cow-calf producers to raise steer calves through the finishing phase rather than selling them at weaning.