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Keeping It Clean: Livestock Water Tank Maintenance

The quantity and quality of water required by livestock are important considerations for the overall maintenance of herd health and productivity. If water is suspected of causing a health problem, seek veterinary assistance to deter…

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Managing Tawny Crazy Ants in Livestock Production Systems

Tawny crazy ants (Nylanderia fulva), previously known as the Caribbean or the Rasberry crazy ant, are fast becoming an economic, ecological, and nuisance pest in the southeastern United States. They have been a serious problem in pa…

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Prussic Acid Poisoning of Livestock

Prussic acid poisoning, also known as cyanide poisoning, is a metabolic condition in livestock that can periodically occur in operations.

Forages such as Johnsongrass, sorghum, sudangrass, and sorghum-sudangrass hybrids…

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Mourning Dove Biology & Management in Alabama

The mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) is arguably the most popular game bird in North America with hunters harvesting more than 16 million doves annually from a continental population estimated at more than 308 million birds.

Alabama dove…

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Blue-Green Algae Causes Concern With Dog Owners

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Blue-green algae has caused several cases of dog poisonings and deaths across the country. While poisonings from these algae are nothing new, in recent years problems have been worse. These reports have many pet …

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Perilla Mint: Continue to Scout Through the Fall

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – In some areas of the state, the hot, dry weather may have limited the availability of some forages. These conditions often tempt livestock to consume anything that is green. Some poisonous plants have become mast…

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Common Diseases of Dairy Goats and Sheep

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

Abortion
Many things, including toxic agents, congenital abnormalities, and infectious diseases, can cause abortions. The most common…

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Parasite Control – Dairy Goats and Sheep

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

Parasitism is widely accepted as the most significant impediment to raising goats and sheep in the southeastern United States …

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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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The Buzz: Pollinators are Essential

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.— In the spirit of National Pollinator Week, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System salutes pollinators everywhere who are irreplaceable pieces of the puzzle in gardens, cropland and flowerbeds. Bees are more than…

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Managing Tawny Crazy Ants: Guidelines for the Pest Management Professional

Tawny crazy ants are a highly invasive pest that is best contained by pest management professionals using these strategies for identification and control.

Tawny crazy ants (TCA), Nylanderia fulva (Mayr), wer…

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Control of Blackberry and Dewberry in Pastures and Hayfields

These hard-to-control prickly shrubs can reduce grazing and hay quality as well as injure livestock. Find answers to managing their growth and spread in these frequently asked questions.

Blackberry and dewberry shrubs…

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Pet Vaccines Best Defense Against Rabies

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Rabies is a deadly disease with more than 5,000 cases of rabid animals spreading the disease to people nationally each year. To protect pets from this disease, owners should have their pets vaccinated. This will no…

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Guide to Picking a Good Tree

The #1 problem in tree selection is root defects in container grown trees.

To Picking a Good Tree
Buying a tree is a livestock purchase. Think about it. You are buying a living organism. Your money well spent depends on the tree bei…

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Poultry Pest Management

Poultry pest management is an important element in any production. Mites and lice are the most common external parasites of poultry in Alabama. The major pests include the northern fowl mite, the chicken mite, the bed bug, and several speci…

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