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Management Practices to Reduce Grass Tetany

…an elevated level of magnesium. Consider moving to a high magnesium mineral 1 to 2 months before active grazing on lush forages begins so that adequate intake levels can be established. The following provides an example mineral supplement f…

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Nitrate Poisoning of Cattle in Alabama

…atories report the actual amount of nitrate ion present (NO3). Table 1 illustrates a range of values often reported for forages within the southeastern region along with subsequent feeding recommendations.
Other Factors Influencing Toxicit…

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How 4-H is Delivered

…of Alabama Extension outreach associated with any of the following programs:

Agronomic Crops
Animal Science and Forages
Commercial Horticulture
Community Resource Development
Consumer Science and Personal Finance Management…

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Strategies for Using Baleage in Beef Cattle Operations

…s
Commercial additives such as enzymes and inoculants are available to help with preservation of stored high- moisture forages. Additives can improve the feeding value by increasing preservation of dry matter, decreasing heating and moldin…

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Mineral Requirements for Beef Cattle in Alabama

…nction
Mobilized from bone and used by animal for various body functions
Found in adequate levels in most Alabama forages, especially if legumes are incorporated into the forage base
Usually provided in free-choice supplements due …

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Considerations for Mineral Supplementation in Cow-Calf Operations

…r it is economically advantageous to feed them such a mineral.
Selecting a Supplement
Mineral concentration of feeds (forages and by- products) varies greatly and should be tested to get the most accurate estimation. Some by-products cont…

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Bovine Johne’s Disease

…fected in utero.
Environment
The MAP organism can survive in the environment for about a year. As a result, water and forages can both become contaminated and serve as sources of infection.
Treatment and Vaccination
No medical treatment…

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Bovine Trichomoniasis

…ources, and test appropriate animals prior to introducing them to the herd.

Talk to your regional Animal Science and Forages Extension agent and your veterinarian about trichomoniasis. If you suspect trichomoniasis in your herd, contact …

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By-Product Feeds for Alabama Beef Cattle

…ough the soyhulls contain less TDN per pound than corn, they are equal to the corn as a supplement for cattle consuming forages because of their positive impact on forage intake and digestibility. In addition to the positive effects with re…

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Forage Systems for Cow-Calf Operations in North Alabama

A sound grazing program includes combinations of adapted forage crops which will provide good grazing over the longest possible period of time. Many forage crops are adapted to Alabama conditions. Because each crop has its own disti…

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Forage Systems for Cow-Calf Operations in Central Alabama

A sound grazing program includes combinations of adapted forage crops which will provide good grazing over the longest possible period of time. Many forage crops are adapted to Alabama conditions. Because each crop has its own disti…

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Interpreting Soil Test Reports from Commercial Labs

Producers increasingly rely on commercial soil testing laboratories to provide nutrient recommendations for crops. To make best-management decisions for maintaining soil fertility, it is important to understand the basics of soil te…

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Critical Steps to Improve Soil Health in Pastureland

…nd increasing forage species diversity can help livestock producers increase soil health in pastureland. Overgrazing of forages reduces ground cover, increasing risk of soil erosion and nutrient runoff. Overgrazing also increases compaction…

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Successful Food Plots Begin with Soil Testing

…l testing is the first step because it helps determine what the site needs to produce the most palatable and attractive forages,” Haley said. “Acidic soils that lack nutrients will be poor producers. A soil test tells the farmer/hunter …

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