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Housing & Facilities for Dairy Goats

Contrary to the common belief that goats eat anything, goats are highly selective browsers and do not thrive on poor forages that are low in protein and energy. According to Kleiber’s law, the energy and protein requirements by unit of…

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Care During & Post Kidding In Dairy Goats

Copper oxide particles
Cograzing or sequential grazing of different livestock species
High tannin-containing forages such as Sericea lespedeza

Download a PDF of Care During & Post Kidding In Dairy Goats, ANR-2490.

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Prussic Acid Poisoning of Livestock

…own 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 can contain toxic concentrations of hy…

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Alabama Beef Quality Assurance: Biosecurity

…ther cattle. Insist that all visitors follow the flow pattern you set for your farm.

Contact your Animal Science and Forages regional Extension agent and your herd veterinarian for help developing and implementing an effective biosecurit…

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Drinking Water for Livestock

…e limits the amount of oxygen that can be carried in the blood, which is of special concern during drought when certain forages may accumulate high concentrations of nitrate (i.e., summer annual grasses, bermudagrass, and Johnsongrass under…

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Systems Approach to Beef Production: Developing a Basic Management Plan

…s. A soil analysis service is available through the Soil, Forage, and Water Testing Laboratory at Auburn University.

Forages and Nutrition. Forages are the foundation for nutrition in the beef cattle herd. Forages are classified as a gra…

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Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar: December

…ll fescue and bermudagrass.
Limiting grazing cool-season annuals for a few hours per day is a good way to use winter forages efficiently once they reach a target height of 6 to 8 inches.
Modify winter supplementation based on forage a…

Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar: November

…ems on stockpiled tall fescue and bermudagrass.
Begin monitoring for cool-season annual weed pressure as cool-season forages begin to grow.
Conduct a forage analysis on stored hay, baleage, and silage before feeding to develop an accu…

Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar: September

… pastures for winter grazing.
Watch dallisgrass pastures for ergot contamination.
Plant and fertilize cool-season forages in prepared seedbeds.

Winter Calving Herd

Wean calves based on market and pasture conditions, and de…

Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar: January

… Limit grazing on winter annuals. Two hours of grazing per day and free-choice may stretch early season growth of these forages.
As adequate forage becomes available, manage cool-season pastures to maintain at least 4-inch stubble height…

Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar

…lendar overviews a monthly check list of things producer should do during each month. It includes health tips, notes on forages and nutrition, and also calving information.
Extension Resources
Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association

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Silvopasture

…opasture system is similar to accepted practices for open-pasture establishment but differs in that the most productive forages in agroforestry systems must be somewhat shade tolerant. Bahia grass does best in southern and coastal portions …

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Drought Management Strategies for Sheep and Goats

…nds than young stock and lactating females. Dry and early to mid-gestational females can be maintained on lower quality forages with little or no supplemental feeding.

Provide minerals free choice to all animal groups. The first option f…

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Sheep Production in the Southeast

…adequate level of nutrition is essential for the most economical and sustainable sheep enterprise. Abundance of quality forages throughout the year and an ample supply of quality hay during the winter are needed for the highest returns from…

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Feeding Broiler Litter to Beef Cattle

… source of information on using litter as a feed ingredient.

Due to the unique ability of ruminant animals to digest forages, other fibrous materials, and inorganic nitrogen such as urea, there is a growing awareness worldwide that by-pr…

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