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Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle

…d in these tables. If this is the case, nutrient requirements as percentages will need to be adjusted.
Cattle are in good body condition. Mature cows should be a condition score (BCS) 5 at calving, while heifers should be a BCS 6 to ensu…

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…e support and resources from their county Extension office.

The Cloverbud program is geared toward an informal, easy going approach to activity-based learning. Curricula are based on age-appropriate research and involve cooperative, expe…

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Manufactured Home Safety

…Only homes constructed for Wind Zone II may be placed in Wind Zone II.
*** If pier height is more than 24 inches, a diagonal tie should be added for every 12 inches (or a portion thereof).
**** Homes without a HUD label must have three ve…

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Backyard Composting

…Alabama Smart Yards make compost. Most yard waste could be composted for on-site use, but 65-plus percent of it usually goes to a landfill.
A 1,000-square-foot area of lawn can generate up to 500 pounds of grass clippings in a single sea…

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Nectar and Pollen Producing Plants of Alabama: A Guide for Beekeepers

…ctar produces a high-quality, deep-amber, full-flavored honey. Soybeans and cotton also yield an amber honey that has a good flavor. Both of these commonly grown crops may produce enough nectar for bees to store surplus honey, but the use o…

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Backyard Tomato Production

…in full sun rather than in more convenient locations that are partially shaded. Plant growth and development are more vigorous and disease control much easier on a plant growing in full sunlight.
Preparing Soil
Proper fertilization and go

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Sheep Production in the Southeast

…ble for sheep production. The key is implementing the right strategy for your operation.
Choosing Sheep Breeds
Years ago, flocks of sheep were descended from a handful of breeds. Today, more than thirty-five breeds are in use—ranging fr…

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Vaccinations for the Beef Cattle Herd

…rugs is not a vaccination but rather a treatment once an infection has occurred.

Animal health product manufacturers go to great expense to obtain approval for vaccines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They must prove that the va…

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Home Gardening: Rabbiteye Blueberries

…te to avoid damage to the flower buds. Plant blueberries away from frost pockets—low areas and sites that do not have good air movement. You usually can’t do much to protect tender blooms from late-season freezes, although newer approac…

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Bird Houses for Songbirds

…y in response to people constructing and placing nest boxes. Bluebird trails where boxes are placed along paths through good bluebird habitat have been established in many states. This partially compensates for the loss of preferred nesting…

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Management of Hardwood Forests for Timber in Alabama

…cypress. Through forest management, the many benefits of hardwood forests can be protected and enhanced. In some cases, good profits from timber are possible. However, if improperly handled, hardwood forests can be seriously degraded in val…

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Best Management Practices for Timber Harvesters

…ost valuable natural resource, water. Section 319 of this act deals with non-point source pollution. This pollution category includes forest management activities such as timber harvesting, site preparation, and road construction. 

The …

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Livestock Carcass Disposal

…erefore understand methods of responsible carcass disposal
to protect their herds from various infectious diseases, be good stewards of the environment, and promote a positive image for the livestock industry. Proper carcass disposal first…

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Herp Journey

Snakes, gators, and turtles, oh my! The Alabama 4-H Science School Herp Journey program allows children and adults to experience and learn about a collection of Alabama’s native reptiles and amphibians. This conversation-driven program allo…

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Raptor Trek

The Alabama 4-H Science School presents Alabama’s premier bird of prey experience. This program allows children and adults to experience and learn about a collection of Alabama’s native species of raptors through a conservation-based presen…

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