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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…