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Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar: November

…g, castrate, dehorn, and implant calves as soon as practically possible. Do not implant replacement heifers.
Provide good nutrition for lactating cattle approaching breeding.
Make sure your bull is ready for breeding season by having …

Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar: October

…g, castrate, dehorn, and implant calves as soon as practically possible. Do not implant replacement heifers.
Provide good nutrition for lactating cattle and first-calf heifers approaching breeding.
Evaluate bulls and line up breeding …

Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar: September

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Prepare to stockpile tall fescue and bermudagrass pastures for winter grazing.
Watch dallisgrass pastures for ergot contamination.
Plant and fertilize cool-season forages in prepared seedbeds.

Winter Calving Herd

Wean…

Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar: August

…m as needed.
Plan winter grazing and feeding programs in advance– locate seed!
Watch dallisgrass pastures for ergot contamination as seedheads begin to appear.
Avoid grazing heavily nitrogen-fertilized warm-season annual pastures…

Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar: June

…ly graze bermudagrass and bahiagrass pastures for improved forage utilization.

Winter Calving Herd

Maintain good breeding records.
Observe cows and heifers for return to heat.
Remove bulls by mid-June to end calving season…

Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar: March

…rch.
Breed cows. Cows bred in late March should calve in early January.
For calving in mid-January, bulls need to go into pastures in early April.
Calculate winter calving percentage.

Spring Calving Herd

Provide good nutrit…

Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar: February

… the summer grazing season.

Winter Calving Herd

Conduct breeding soundness exams and make sure bulls are in good condition.
Provide shelter for newborn calves during severe weather.
Tag, castrate, dehorn, and implant calve…

Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar: January

…lize cool-season grasses before the flush of spring growth in mid/late spring.

Winter Calving Herd

Maintain good calving records (birth weight, tag numbers, cow IDs).
Establish an ID system and tag calves at birth.
Tag, ca…

Alabama Gardening Calendar

…rea.
Graft camellias in central and south Alabama.
Spray all shrubs with a fungicide before new growth starts.
Good time to prune all shrubs before new growth starts.
Don’t prune early-blooming species because flower buds will…

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Vermicomposting: Worms at Work

… weight per day. If your family generates three to four pounds of food scraps per week, you need two pounds of worms to gobble up this waste.

Be conservative on the amount of waste added because it is easy to overfeed them, causing odor …

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Your Professional Image

… Your appearance reflects how you feel about yourself and it may be the only impression a stranger gets to see.

Feel Good About Yourself
Understanding and accepting yourself is the most important aspect of a positive image. Everyone isn…

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Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar

This calendar overviews a monthly check list of things producer should do during each month. It includes health tips, notes on forages and nutrition, and also calving information.
Extension Resources
Alabama Beef Cattle Improvemen…

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Growing Lettuce in Spring or Fall

… heat, providing you with wider windows for planting and enjoying lettuce.

Lettuce cultivars fall into four main categories or types: crisphead, loose leaf, romaine (or cos), and butterhead (semi-heading).

Crisphead lettuce is the com…

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Severe Weather Watches and Warnings

…r predictions, always stay tuned to your radio or television and become familiar with the warning signals. While it’s good to be able to judge cloud formations and other natural signs, don’t assume you will have time to assess weather c…

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Submitting Samples to Alabama Diagnostics Laboratories

Having unexpected mortality in poultry is never a good thing. Valuable resources for producers are the four Alabama State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories. All poultry from Alabama submitted to one of these labs are examined free of charg…

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