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Herd Health Management – Dairy Goats and Sheep

…nly a short time. As a rule, only reconstitute enough vaccine to be used within 30 to 45 minutes. Use a cooler or other climate-controlled storage container to protect reconstituted vaccines from extremes of cold, heat, and sunlight.

Do …

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Selecting and Managing a Dairy Goat/Sheep Herd

…olor combinations. The hair is medium to short. This breed is known for hardy, adaptable animals that can thrive in any climate while maintaining good health and excellent production. Alpine are steady producers, averaging 1 to 11⁄2 gallo…

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Preparing Your Property for Dairy Goats/Sheep

…es or hog parlors into facilities for goats/sheep (figure 1). A semi-enclosed structure may be practical in areas where climates are mild to semi-tropical (figure 2). A well-enclosed structure will be necessary in colder climates.

Keep i…

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Eat to Compete: Sports Nutrition for Young Adults—Hydration

…es on Hot, Humid Days
High temperatures increase the rate of water lost through perspiration. Exercising in hot, humid climates presents yet another concern: the body’s ability to sweat efficiently is reduced because the sweat on the ski…

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Smart Yard Landscapes

…tablished, most require little, if any, supplemental water, fertilizers, or pesticides. Choose plants that tolerate our climate’s large variability in moisture and the soil type in your yard.
Native Plants
Southeastern native plants are…

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Foliar Feeding Vegetables

…es, which protect that stoma from the elements.

As the leaf ages, this cuticle becomes thicker. Also, the hotter the climate, the heavier the cuticle.  However, do not confuse the hot climate with the ideal times for absorption, which a…

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Two-Spotted Spider Mite

…f host plants

The two-spotted spider mite is a master in surviving high temperatures and low humidity. This climate combination often results in a population explosion. Within one to two weeks, a life-cycle (egg to adult) can be…

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Thrips Predictor Model Helps Make Cotton Management Decisions

… is used to predict when growers may see the highest concentration of thrips in the field.

According to the NC State Climate Office website, the Thrips Infestation Predictor for Cotton uses weather data to make predictions of:


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Stocking Rates for Cow-Calf Operations in Alabama

…ge Stocking Rates for Alabama Beef Cattle Operations
Table 2 shows average stocking rate potential across various soil-climate regions of Alabama. These estimates are based on grazing research trials from around the state. They provide a b…

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Street Trees 2: The Design

…s very important that these plants, as well as the surrounding soil, be watered every 2 to 3 days, depending upon local climate and soil conditions, for the first 6 months. Once the roots have begun to grow into the surrounding soil, reduce…

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Buying Organic— What Does It Mean?

…s moist because consistent soil moisture reduces plant stress.
Choose plants and vegetable varieties suited for your climate. This reduces water use, susceptibility to pests, and overall plant stress.
Use caution when applying any pes…

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Silvopasture from a Farmer’s Perspective

… do shade grasses and legumes, they also serve to extend the season of cool-season grasses by providing a cooler microclimate as days get warmer. Common warm-season pasture grasses such as bermudagrass and bahiagrass can be used in a si…

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Drought-Tolerant Landscapes for Alabama

…the effort of establishment. After the establishment period, gradually reduce watering frequency during dry spells to acclimate plants to drought conditions.

Established trees and large shrubs generally have deeper, more extensive …

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Basics of Crop Sensing

… applications, including environmental monitoring, site-specific agronomic management (SSM), land cover classification, climate– and land-use-change detection, and drought monitoring (table 2). The ability of a remote sensor to detect subtl…

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