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Biosecurity & Disease Prevention in Dairy Goats

…s that reduces the introduction of infectious diseases onto a farm and decreases the transmission of disease within the goat herd.

Infectious diseases, such as caseous lymphadenitis (CL), caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE), and pathoge…

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Care During & Post Kidding In Dairy Goats

Producers can ensure the health of their herd by learning the proper procedures for care of their goats during kidding and in the days that follow.

To ensure bonding of does with their kids and to prevent hypothermia in…

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Goat Vaccination

The goal of vaccination is to stimulate an immune response that provides some level of protection from disease. Unfortunately, most vaccines do not achieve complete protection from infection and subsequent disease. Vaccines are expe…

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Alabama Beef Quality Assurance: Managing for Good Herd Health

A good herd health program is essential for a profitable cattle operation. Healthier, better-performing cattle ensure production of an abundant, safe, wholesome supply of beef products that consumers can purchase and consume with co…

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Cogongrass Management FAQ

Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is one of the greatest invasive plant threats in Alabama and in the southeastern United States. Although it has been here for more than a century, the problem has dramatically increased in the last 20 years….

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Drought Management Strategies for Sheep and Goats

…usually associated with hot summer conditions, it can occur and persist during any season and severely impact sheep and goat production.

Under such conditions producers are advised to:

Follow long-range weather forecasts, especially…

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Contagious Agalactia in Sheep and Goats

Contagious agalactiae (CA) is a form of mycoplasmosis. Mycoplasmosis or Mycoplasma is costly for the dairy sheep and goat industry and can lead to incidences of mastitis (inflammation of mammary glands), arthritis (inflammation of joints),…

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4-Hi Goes Fast

…son one 4-Hi course that is available to you for free through our Canvas delivery system.
Seen a cool car lately? What goes into making a great car? Style? Safety? Environmentally friendly? Those are the details engineers work out when the…

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Have I Got A Story

…us understand our world. Just as importantly, storytelling fulfills our need to entertain and to be entertained. Have I Got A Story lets you demonstrate your ability to speak before an audience, share your thoughts and feelings, entertain o…

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Good Dog

The Alabama 4-H Good Dog! Project is a program that focuses on aspects of dog companionship. You will learn not only how to train a dog to make a special pet but to train a dog for obedience and agility, ultimately competing in a dog show. …

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Flowers For Beneficial Insects: Goldenrod

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
AKA: Solidago sp.
Long, wood-like stems with spiky, tooth-like parts that are widely spaced. Yellow flowers that grow in thick clusters. Blooms in the fall. Plan…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Dragonfly

…g insects such as mosquitoes, flies, and midges.

Family History: A deadly predator able to catch prey in mid-air. Dragonfly larvae (nymphs) live in water and are efficient hunters, eating mosquito larvae and other insects, snails, and sm…

Golden Egg Contest

The Golden Egg Contest assesses the ability of 4-H members to raise chickens that produce high-quality eggs. Participants submit up to three sets of one dozen eggs, which are judged for uniform appearance and consistent interior quality usi…

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Soil Descriptions and Plant Selections for Marengo County

Homes are found throughout rural Marengo County and urban development in the Demopolis area occurs on a diversity of soils. Soils in Marengo County  include sandy and loamy upland soils of the Coastal Plain (43%), alluvial terraces and flo…

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Healthier Retail: Making the Easy Choice the Good Choice

…purchase of healthy items.

Live Well Alabama partners with the Alabama Department of Public Health to implement the Good Choice initiative. Good Choice seeks to increase availability of healthy items and also provide point-of-purcha…

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