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Maintaining Health of Grazing Livestock

*This is an excerpt of Animal, Forage, and Feed Management Following a Flood Event, ANR-2536.

Death loss as a result of a storm needs to be documented with photos and reported to the FSA as part of an application to…

Keeping It Clean: Livestock Water Tank Maintenance

…algae.

Viruses, parasites, and bacteria may also thrive in tanks that are not properly cleaned and can lead to livestock health issues.

Getting Control and Cleaning
Using rails to control and prevent livestock access to tanks…

3 min read

Herd Health Management – Dairy Goats and Sheep

This is an excerpt of Dairy Goat and Sheep Operations in the Southeast Production Guide, ANR-2457.

Estimating the Age of Goats and Sheep
The approximate age of goats and sheep can be determined by their teeth, as illustrated in figu…

15 min read

Drinking Water for Livestock

The quantity and quality of water required by livestock are important considerations for the overall maintenance of herd health and productivity.

Amount of water required depends on several factors.
Quality of water may infl…

3 min read

Euthanasia of Livestock

While no livestock owner ever wants to lose an animal, sometimes euthanasia is the most humane option for sick, injured, and debilitated livestock.

Euthanasia is a Greek term meaning good death and occurs when death is induced wi…

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Alabama Beef Quality Assurance: Managing for Good Herd Health

A good herd health program is essential for a profitable cattle operation. Healthier, better-performing cattle ensure production of an abundant, safe, wholesome supply of beef products that consumers can purchase and consume with co…

5 min read

Livestock Carcass Disposal

An unfortunate consequence of owning and raising livestock is the inevitable death of some animals, despite even the best animal husbandry and veterinary care. Livestock owners and custodians must therefore understand methods of res…

2 min read

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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Caring for Livestock After A Storm

AUBURN, Ala. – Severe weather can cause stress and problems for livestock, as well as producers. In a moment’s notice, storms can rip through a facility, causing damage and possible animal injuries or deaths. Producers must have a plan …

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Parasite Control – Dairy Goats and Sheep

…In the past, it was recommended to producers that an aggressive preventative deworming treatment be applied to maintain livestock health. But this approach runs the risk of building a resistance to all classes of deworming drugs. With the u…

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Managing Weeds Crucial During Droughts

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Recent drought conditions have made herd care difficult for Alabama livestock producers. As conditions worsen and desirable vegetation declines, established weeds are often the last plants standing. During this t…

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Alabama Extension Offers Drought Resources

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Conditions in Alabama are hot and dry. Strings of days with record-breaking heat have made September 2019 one of the hottest Septembers on record. The heat and drought are nothing new, though.

While only .2 perc…

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Summer Heat and Rabbit Production

Summer heat affects rabbit production. Follow these tips to avoid heat stress and breeding problems with rabbits.
Introduction
Novice rabbit producers need to be aware of summer heat and the challenges it presents in managing rabbit produ…

4 min read