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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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The Wonder Grass: A New Book Highlighting Tall Fescue

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.— The minds that brought you Southern Forages have teamed up yet again—writing The Wonder Grass, a comprehensive new book on tall fescue. Retired Alabama Extension forage agronomist Don Ball and his colleagues C…

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Spots Still Available for Heifer Development Program

…tunity for cattle producers

“Participants will gain an understanding of proper heifer development on winter-annual forages, from weaning through breeding,” Stanford said. “Our goal is to show producers that this can be accomplished…

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2020 Animal Science and Forage Webinar Series Schedule

Members of the Animal Sciences & Forages team present monthly webinar presentations the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. central time. The calendar for these webinars is shown below.

Click here to watch these webinars on the…

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Nutritional Management of Beef Replacement Heifers

…e from 1 to 9 is assigned to an animal, with 1 representing emaciated (extremely thin) and 9 representing obese.
Use forages and supplemental feed resources as needed to provide a steady plane of growth to achieve this target. A target o…

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Sand Mountain Elite Heifer Development Program

…g positive will be removed from the program.

Heifers will be developed primarily on cool season forages. Supplementation with a commodity feed blend will be provided as needed to maintain 1.5 lbs/day gain.

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Forage Conference Registration Open Until Nov. 19

…egister, visit the Alabama Cattlemen’s website. For more information, visit or contact Dillard at or 334-844-7514….

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Alabama Forage Focus Program E-Newsletter

…up for the electronic newsletter to receiving information on upcoming events, timely articles, and resources related to forages and livestock management.

Sign up for the Forage Focus Program E-Newsletter. …

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Let’s Talk Beef Genetics

As part of the Animal Sciences & Forages team monthly webinar series, Michelle Elmore discussed how cattle producers should develop and use production goals for their breeding programs.

The presentation covers:

Establishing Prod…

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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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