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Beef Conformation: Evaluating Structure from the Front

*This is an excerpt from Beef Conformation Basics, ANR-1452.

From the front, cattle whose hooves are faced forward are ideal. The steer shown in figure 14 is a good example of both hooves pointing directly forward. Much as it is …

Beef Conformation: Evaluating Structure from the Rear

*This is an excerpt from Beef Conformation Basics, ANR-1452.

When evaluating beef cattle from the rear, hooves of the animal should point forward. However, that is not the case in a large number of beef cattle. In many instances,…

Beef Conformation: Front Legs

*This is an excerpt from Beef Conformation Basics, ANR-1452.

The alignment of joints in the front leg also plays a considerable role in the structural correctness and mobility of a beef animal. More than 50 percent of the animal‚…

Beef Conformation: Hind Legs

*This is an excerpt from Beef Conformation Basics, ANR-1452.

Hind leg structure is one of the primary indicators of an animal‚Äôs ability to move efficiently. Evaluating cattle while they are walking is one of the most efficient …

Pinkeye in Cattle

Pinkeye, also known as infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis, is a bacterial infection on the surface of the eye and the inner surfaces of the eyelids. Kerato refers to the cornea of the eye; conjunctiv to the pink tissues on the i…

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Cowpea Curculio in Alabama

This video is dedicated to ongoing research on cowpea curculio management in southern peas or cowpeas. Research on this major insect pest started in 2014 and has continued expand with grower demand for information. For further information o…

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HTPE System for Leaffooted Bug Control

Pest prevention is a critical tactic for specialty crop producers. The HTPE system is aimed at reducing the entry of large insect pests and has worked really well to stop leaffooted bugs, stink bugs, armyworms, loopers, and hornworms. Check…

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HTPE System and Beneficial Insects

Pest prevention is a critical tactic for specialty crop producers. The HTPE system is aimed at reducing the entry of large insect pests and has worked really well to stop leaffooted bugs, stink bugs, armyworms, loopers, and hornworms. Check…

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Introduction to High Tunnel Pest Exclusion (HTPE) System

Pest prevention is a critical tactic for specialty crop producers. The HTPE system is aimed at reducing the entry of large insect pests and has worked really well to stop leaffooted bugs, stink bugs, armyworms, loopers, and hornworms. Check…

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Strategies for Using Baleage in Beef Cattle Operations

Haylage and baleage are terms often used interchangeably. Haylage is harvested forage ensiled at 40 to 60 percent moisture. Dry hay, haylage, and silage are all methods of producing stored forage reserves, but each differ in their p…

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Mineral Requirements for Beef Cattle in Alabama

Minerals needed in amounts greater than 100 parts per million (ppm) are considered macrominerals. Those required in amounts less than 100 ppm are microminerals, or trace minerals. The daily requirements for macro- and microminerals …

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Considerations for Mineral Supplementation in Cow-Calf Operations

Consumption Levels
The inclusion of salt in mineral mixes can encourage or discourage mineral consumption and regulate intake rates. Salt is usually added to encourage the consumption of trace minerals since cattle do not naturally c…

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Beef Conformation: Pasterns

*This is an excerpt from Beef Conformation Basics, ANR-1452.

Pasterns are also important to consider when evaluating structural correctness in beef cattle. The pastern is generally understood to be the joint between the cannon bo…

Beef Conformation: Hooves

*This is an excerpt from Beef Conformation Basics, ANR-1452.

The hoof is one of the more complex aspects to consider when evaluating structural soundness. Problems with the hoof, such as excessive or uneven toe growth, may be cau…

Beef Conformation Basics

Beef cattle producers now have more tools than ever to help them evaluate the genetic merit of animals to be used as parents of the next generation. A balance between visual appraisal and genetic potential is key to successfully sel…

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