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Silvopasture: An opportunity for additional income from your forestland

Take a minute to think about why you own land. Is it to pass on to your children and grandchildren? For outdoor recreation? Because you enjoy the beauty of nature? Is it part of your farm? 

If you answered yes to one or more of these qu…

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State Impact: 4-H Animals and Agriculture

4-H doubled Golden Egg Contest participation, increased Chick Chain participation and Pig Squeal participation by 11% (10,920 chickens in Chick Chain; 1,920 sold), 75 Dairy Poster participants, 10 Dairy Judging Contest teams, 6 Dairy Bowl T…

Drought Sales of Livestock

Farming is a business that is difficult to manage. Many factors are beyond the control of the farmer. One problem with farming is the variability in annual income; one year prices are up, the next they are down Weather also plays a …

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Alternative Livestock Production and Pet Ownership

Small-scale Farms and Livestock Production
Alternative Livestock Production & Pet Ownership educates small-scale operators about sustainable management practices for raising alternative livestock such as sheep, goats, rabbits and backy…

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Effects of Diet Particle Size on Poultry Performance

Feed costs represent between 60 and 70 percent of production costs in poultry and livestock diets. Therefore, improving feed utilization has a tremendous impact on production costs. Poultry producers face the challenge of finding cost-effec…

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Biosecurity for Backyard Poultry Flocks

The effects of disease outbreaks in poultry should increase every poultry owner’s awareness of developing and maintaining a good biosecurity program. Having a good biosecurity program will help protect your flock from contracting a diseas…

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The History and Use of Kudzu in the Southeastern United States

…tario, Oregon, and Washington.
Forage Uses
Kudzu produces high-quality forage that, when young, is quite palatable to livestock and poultry. The forage quality varies with management and season, but it is not unusual for kudzu hay to have…

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Critical Steps to Improve Soil Health in Pastureland

Practices such as prevention of overgrazing and increasing forage species diversity can help livestock producers increase soil health in pastureland. Overgrazing of forages reduces ground cover, increasing risk of soil erosion and nutrient …

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Avian Influenza FAQ (March 2017 Update)

Q: What is avian influenza?
Avian influenza is a virus that is carried by migratory waterfowl, including ducks and geese. Domestic poultry, including chickens and turkeys, are very susceptible to the disease.

There are currently two str…

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