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Dairy Goat and Sheep Nutrition and Forages

…ent. In order to maintain milk production and health, goats and sheep must be fed a balanced diet.

In the Southeast, forages make up the majority of the daily diet of these animals. Dairy goats and sheep can consume between 3 and 5 perce…

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Establishing Native Grass Forages in the Southeast

…ndigenous to North America that actively grow during the warm months of the year, April through September. These native forages are a great option for those wanting to graze livestock and provide habitats for wildlife. With droughts seeming…

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Changes in Label for Prowl H2O on Forages

In the past, Prowl H2O was only labeled on dormant bermudagrass. It now can be used on cool-season forage grasses with or without alfalfa (not clovers). It is labeled for grasses grown for forage, green chop, silage, hay production, and/or …

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Enterprise Budgets for Forages

Forage enterprise budgets are updated annually by Extension personnel to reflect recommended management practices for production on a per acre basis.  Projected costs are gathered from multiple industry sources and higher than average mana…

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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

… of goats and sheep caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. Goats and sheep are infected by ingestion of spoiled forages and feed contaminated by L. monocytogenes.

The encephalitic form (inflammation of the brain) has a high morta…

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Parasite Control – Dairy Goats and Sheep

…y GI parasites of goats and sheep.
Allow periods of pasture rest of 60 days between grazing periods.
Graze taller forages (greater than 2 inches), as most parasite larvae will be picked up closer to the base of the grass.
Plant tan…

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Alabama Planting Guide for Forage Grasses

…h forage species is appropriate for the need and a list of recommended varieties for the selected species at

Attention to other factors that affect successful stand establishment and yield is import…

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Beef Short Course Targets New Producers

…sion regional animal science agents over the next year at a variety of locations across the state.
Topics Covered

Forages and Nutrition
Herd Health and Reproduction
Record Keeping and Environmental Stewardship
Economics and M…

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Beef Systems Short Course

… cattle producers to master. The course will be taught by Extension regional animal science agent.
Topics Covered

Forages and Nutrition
Herd Health and Reproduction
Record Keeping and Environmental Stewardship
Economics and M…

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Marketing Alfalfa-Bermudagrass to Horse Owners

…nternet, word of mouth, or their veterinarian for advice on hay. Hay producers must also understand that horses utilize forages differently than ruminant livestock. Negative factors, such as mold, will cause more harm in the horse than it w…

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Preparing Your Property for Dairy Goats/Sheep

… vendor. Given the opportunity, small ruminants will consume approximately 2 to 4 percent of their body weight in feed, forages, and hay.

A farmer may choose to construct his or her own feeder based on needs and facilities. A feed trough…

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Management of Fall Armyworm in Pastures and Hayfields

…nsion agents and most county offices of Alabama Extension have sweep nets that can be borrowed to look for armyworms in forages. Find county offices at A video demonstrating how to use a sweep net to find fal…

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