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Beef Herd Management Strategies

Cow-calf operation sustainability involves the efficient use of resources on-farm to improve herd profitability and farm productivity now and for future generations. For operations with less than fifty head of cattle, it is es…

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Ionophore Inclusion in Cattle Diets

What Are Ionophores?
Ionophores are feed additives used to improve animal body weight gain and feed efficiency in beef cattle diets. These additives alter rumen metabolism and aid in the reduction of acidosis, bloat, and coccidiosis….

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Nutrient Content and Composition of Poultry Litter

Poultry litter can be a nutritionally rich fertilizer for forages and row crops. But not all litter is created equal. Learn the benefits of litter and the factors that cause variations in nutrient content.

The poultry industry in Alabama…

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Beef Cattle Record Keeping Basics

Records are a vital component to achieving a more advanced level of management for a beef cattle producer. Beef cattle record keeping is a technique and tool to document and analyze precise information for an operation.

Different…

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Interpreting a Forage Analysis for Beef Cattle

Analysis of forages is an important tool to develop strategic supplemental feeding strategies for beef cattle. Understanding the nutritional level of available forage can help manage feed input costs more closely and meet the nutrit…

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Water Requirements of Beef Cattle

Water is considered the most critical nutrient in beef cattle diets. Cattle diets are balanced for energy, protein, vitamins, and minerals based on the desired level of animal performance. Animal performance can be affected by water…

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Drought Sales of Livestock

Farming is a business that is difficult to manage. Many factors are beyond the control of the farmer. One problem with farming is the variability in annual income; one year prices are up, the next they are down Weather also plays a …

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Mineral Supplementation for Newly Received Stocker Cattle

Many mineral options are available for cattle producers. Proper nutritional management is critical for stocker cattle because these cattle are often stressed after being transported and will likely have low water and feed intake dur…

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Forage and Feed Analysis

The Auburn University Soil, Forage and Water Testing Laboratory conducts analysis for producers’ forage and feed samples.  Samples are routinely analyzed for percent moisture, crude protein, acid detergent fiber, neutral detergent fiber, n…

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Submitting Samples for Soil Testing

Producers rely on soil testing laboratories to provide nutrient recommendations for crops. Producers can submit samples to the Auburn University Soil, Forage and Water Testing Laboratory for analysis.  Both routine analysis, as well as mor…

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