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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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Silvopasture

…ahia grass does best in southern and coastal portions of the southeast. Native grasses such as the big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), and eastern gamagrass (Tripsacum dactaloides) species may be g…

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Sheep Selection

…arket lambs accounting for a large part of that percentage. Any remaining percentage may come from the sale of wool.

Good animals must be chosen as breeding stock to start or to expand an operation, whether purebred or commercial. Otherw…

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Basal Area: A Measure Made for Management

…regeneration needs and wildlife habitat requirements. The manipulation of stand basal area to achieve forest management goals can be as important as the use of prescribed fire or other vegetation treatments. 
What Is Basal Area? 
Part o…

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Alabama Natural Resources Council

…e trend by promoting sustainable forest management to family forest owners.

Members of the ANRC are state leaders of government agencies and private organizations with an interest in forest resources. The Council collaboratively develops…

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Alabama Cougars: Sorting Fact From Fiction

…ver been recorded, it is doubtful such sightings are reliable. Both jaguars (Felis onca) and jaguarundis (Herpailurus yagouroundi) are capable of existing in all-black color phases, but the range of both of these species makes them even les…

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