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Dairy Goat and Sheep Nutrition and Forages

This is an excerpt of Dairy Goat and Sheep Operations in the Southeast Production Guide, ANR-2457.

Nutrient requirements differ based on age, stage of production, weight, breed type, and the environment. In order to maintain milk…

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Reproductive Management – Dairy Goats and Sheep

This is an excerpt of Dairy Goat and Sheep Operations in the Southeast Production Guide, ANR-2457.

General Small Ruminant Breeding
The profitability of goat and sheep operations is largely reliant on successful reproduction pr…

7 min read

Alabama Planting Guide for Forage Grasses

Many factors influence successful forage production, but establishment of the crop is a key to profitability. It is essential to choose the appropriate crop species for the needed yield, quality, and persistence.

It is then…

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Food Safety for Southern U.S. Food Crop Producers After Flooding

Throughout the Gulf Coast states, floods directly affecting food production (including produce, grains, and animal feed) are relatively rare. Preparing for or reacting to flooding in terms of keeping food safe is not something that …

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Selecting and Managing a Dairy Goat/Sheep Herd

This is an excerpt of Dairy Goat and Sheep Operations in the Southeast Production Guide, ANR-2457.

Purchasing Guidelines
There are a number of factors to consider before purchasing your ideal dairy goat or sheep. Follow these guidel…

12 min read

Preparing Your Property for Dairy Goats/Sheep

This is an excerpt of Dairy Goat and Sheep Operations in the Southeast Production Guide, ANR-2457.

Goat and Sheep Facilities
While shelters and fences are primary components of facilities, there are additional features to consider, …

7 min read

Management of Fall Armyworm in Pastures and Hayfields

The fall armyworm is a chronic pest in the Southeast and can cause severe damage to grass and forage crops. Damage varies in appearance and severity according to the type of grass and management practices. They are most numerous in …

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Growing Horticultural Crops: Things To Consider

Some of the most common questions received by Alabama Extension agents are about some aspect of fruit and vegetable production. A lot of questions come from people considering growing fruits and vegetables commercially but do not know where…

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Nutrition for Backyard Chicken Flocks

Raising chickens for eggs or meat requires the right nutrition at the right life stage. Follow these guidelines to maintain the growth, reproductive performance, and health of your backyard flock.

Farm-fresh…

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Alabama Planting Guide for Forage Legumes

Many factors influence successful forage production, but establishment of the crop is a key to profitability. It is essential to choose the appropriate crop species for the needed yield, quality, and persistence.

It is then…

8 min read

Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus

Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) is a potentially serious problem for cow-calf herds and has been implicated as a cause of infertility, abortions, diarrhea, respiratory disease (shipping fever), weakening of the immune system, w…

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Exobasidium Leaf and Fruit Spot of Blueberry

With the recent expansion of blueberry production in Alabama, we are observing the emergence of new economically important blueberry diseases. The bacterial leaf scorch of blueberry caused by the bacterium Xyllela fastidiosa was documented …

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Pest Alert: Grape Flea Beetle

Grape flea beetle is found in the eastern two-thirds of the United States. These are often the first insect pests in the season to begin attacking grapes. Damaged buds will not develop into primary canes which can reduce grape yields. This …

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Is My Farm a Hobby or a Business?

Understanding tax laws and guidelines can help you avoid unexpected tax consequences on your small farm or ranch.

“Your tax return has been selected for examination by our office.”

These are words that no taxpaye…

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