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Extension Leads in Advancing Alabama

…t. In every way, we advance Alabama!

Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources
Animal Sciences and Forages

58% of 300 goat and sheep farmers and food producers completed surveys for the Alternative Livestock progra…

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Alabama Planting Guide for Forage Legumes

… forage species is appropriate for the need and a list of recommended varieties for the selected species at www.alabamaforages.com.)

Attention to other factors that affect successful stand establishment and yield is also important. Sele…

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Beef Cow Pregnancy Examination

…(334-844-7502), your veterinarian, the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association, or your regional Animal Science and Forages Extension agent to discuss the best time and method for annual pregnancy diagnosis in your herd.

 

Do…

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Alfalfa Useful In Hay and Pasture Operations

…ifficult task in growing these mixtures is ensuring that the field location and soil fertility are appropriate for both forages,” Dillard said. “Interseeding at the recommended time, rate and row spacing is also a difficulty that produc…

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Stocking Rates for Cow-Calf Operations in Alabama

…nt of stocking rates in beef operations, producers can achieve more grazing days per year, reducing the need for stored forages and feeds and, therefore, enhancing the profit potential of any cattle operation.
Factors Influencing Stocking …

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Brunswickgrass: A Weed in Southern Pastures & Bahiagrass Seed Fields

… however, quickly becomes rank and loses its palatability, and cattle avoid it. It proliferates when the more desirable forages have been overgrazed. As it thrives under reduced competition, it spreads
and becomes more difficult to eradica…

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Elmore Named Outstanding Extension Educator

…rt and implementation of beef cattle performance programs in Alabama.

Elmore, a regional agent of animal science and forages, has made a consistent impact in beef cattle performance programs across Alabama. Working directly with producer…

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Silvopasture: An Opportunity for Additional Income from Your Forestland

…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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Flooding Affecting Nutrition and Diets of Livestock

…ing on the nutrition and diets of livestock.

Landon Marks, an Alabama Extension regional agent of animal science and forages, said flooding in pastures is causing issues for producers.

“We knew that we were going to have some impacts….

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Livestock Hay Exposed to Flooding

Dr. Leanne Dillard, an Alabama Extension forages specialist, offers the following information on hay during times of flooding.

Even if hay was not submerged in water, heavy rains will likely decrease quality of hay stored outside or on…

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2019 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 th…

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Beef Herd Management Strategies

…ll cattle producer (table 1). Managing the cow herd to calve in 90 days or less can help with the following:

Forages. Calving can be timed to occur during peak forage availability and nutritive value.
Nutrition. A more targete…

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Ionophore Inclusion in Cattle Diets

…h ionophores impact the performance of grazing cattle depends on the quality of the forage. Cattle grazing high-quality forages showed a lesser response to ionophore inclusion. However, ionophore inclusion is advantageous no ma er the type …

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Integrated Pest Management Guides

…on, IPM-0415
General Pesticide Information, IPM-1295
Grain Sorghum, IPM-0429
Noncropland, IPM-0223
Pastures/Forages, IPM-0028
Peanuts, IPM-0360
Safety, IPM-1293
Small Grains, IPM-0458
Soybeans, IPM-0413
Stored…

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Nutrient Content and Composition of Poultry Litter

Poultry litter can be a nutritionally rich fertilizer for forages and row crops. But not all litter is created equal. Learn the benefits of litter and the factors that cause variations in nutrient content.

The poultry industry in Alabama…

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