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Strategies for Using Baleage in Beef Cattle Operations

…is the single largest factor affecting the feeding value of baleage. The nutritional quality of baleage will only be as good as the starting product. What goes in must come out, and putting up low-quality forage means a low-quality feed pro…

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Beef Conformation: Hooves

… other abnormalities and has two symmetrical claws that both point forward. The hoof shown in Figure 1 is an example of good structure in regard to symmetry and toe alignment. Adequate attention should also be paid to the amount of heel dep…

Beef Conformation Basics

…lse has been in vain.

Though each cattle herd may need different selection criteria to produce cattle that meet herd goals, one of the few characteristics important to all cattle is structural correctness. With input costs steadily incre…

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Trap Crop for Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle Management

This videos gives a good overview of the yellowmargined leaf beetle (YMLB), a major insect pest of crucifer crops in Alabama. This video described the basic biology of YMLB along with information on trap crops, natural enemies, and bioratio…

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Common Birds of Prey in Alabama

…tifying Raptors
Identification of raptors in the wild can be difficult at times, especially when they are in flight. A good pair of 8 to 10. binoculars is helpful for identifying raptors at a distance. Plumage (feathers) color and patterns…

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Managing a Successful Calving Season

A successful calving season is the result of good planning and hard work. A defined calving season, or one restricted to a certain period of time, begins with a defined breeding season, allowing you to concentrate your efforts on su…

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Take Control: Financial Planning

…successful financial planning.
Step 1: Get to Know Your Financial Situation
Determine how much money is coming in and going out of your household. This involves doing a bit of record keeping. Keep a record of all money you receive (income…

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Low-Stress Cattle Handling

…oblems than nonstressed cattle. Minimizing stress is as simple as making the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard. Good handling techniques as well as functional facilities will more often than not actually save time and money. You wil…

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Bovine Trichomoniasis

…stating, with a long, drawn-out calving season and only a 50 to 70 percent calf crop. In herds where trichomoniasis has gone undetected for a long time, the results may be less dramatic because of temporary herd immunity. In such cases, the…

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By-Product Feeds for Alabama Beef Cattle

…ther ingredients that may contain only 12 percent moisture? What type of feeder will be needed? Is the mixer truck or wagon capable of handling this blend? The last consideration of a high-moisture by-product seems simple but is often overl…

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HYPE: Helping Youth Promote Empathy

…(verbal, social, physical and cyberbullying) and practice strategies to stop bullying when it happens. 

What is the goal of HYPE?

HYPE works to build a safe school environment by decreasing harassment, victimization & bullying….

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Soil Health in Alabama

…mportant indicator of soil health.
Soil respiration. This test measures microbial activity in the soil. It is also a good predictor of plant-available nutrients from soil organic matter.
Soil aggregation. Stable soil aggregates increa…

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Estrus Synchronization and Artificial Insemination Programs for Beef Cattle

… (see section on timing of artificial insemination for maximum conception) to provide enough time for the sperm to undergo a process called capacitation, which gives sperm the ability to fertilize the egg, before they encounter the egg. Cow…

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Forage Systems for Cow-Calf Operations in South Alabama

A sound grazing program includes combinations of adapted forage crops which will provide good grazing over the longest possible period of time. Many forage crops are adapted to Alabama conditions. Because each crop has its own disti…

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Forage Systems for Cow-Calf Operations in North Alabama

A sound grazing program includes combinations of adapted forage crops which will provide good grazing over the longest possible period of time. Many forage crops are adapted to Alabama conditions. Because each crop has its own disti…

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