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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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Livestock Hay Exposed to Flooding

Dr. Leanne Dillard, an Alabama Extension forages specialist, offers the following information on hay during times of flooding.

Even if hay was not submerged in water, heavy rains will likely decrease quality of hay stored outside or on…

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2019 Animal Science and Forage Webinar Series

Members of the Animal Sciences & Forages team present monthly webinar presentations the second Wednesday of each month at 10 A.M. central time. The calendar for these webinars is shown below.

Click here to watch these webinars on th…

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Beef Herd Management Strategies

Cow-calf operation sustainability involves the efficient use of resources on-farm to improve herd profitability and farm productivity now and for future generations. For operations with less than fifty head of cattle, it is es…

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Ionophore Inclusion in Cattle Diets

What Are Ionophores?
Ionophores are feed additives used to improve animal body weight gain and feed efficiency in beef cattle diets. These additives alter rumen metabolism and aid in the reduction of acidosis, bloat, and coccidiosis….

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Integrated Pest Management Guides

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System creates integrated pest management guides for major row crops; small and stored grains; pastures and forage crops; commercial turfgrass; and noncropland. These guides are compiled by both current an…

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Nutrient Content and Composition of Poultry Litter

Poultry litter can be a nutritionally rich fertilizer for forages and row crops. But not all litter is created equal. Learn the benefits of litter and the factors that cause variations in nutrient content.

The poultry industry in Alabama…

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Beef Cattle Record Keeping Basics

Records are a vital component to achieving a more advanced level of management for a beef cattle producer. Beef cattle record keeping is a technique and tool to document and analyze precise information for an operation.

Different…

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Interpreting a Forage Analysis for Beef Cattle

Analysis of forages is an important tool to develop strategic supplemental feeding strategies for beef cattle. Understanding the nutritional level of available forage can help manage feed input costs more closely and meet the nutrit…

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Water Requirements of Beef Cattle

Water is considered the most critical nutrient in beef cattle diets. Cattle diets are balanced for energy, protein, vitamins, and minerals based on the desired level of animal performance. Animal performance can be affected by water…

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Mineral Supplementation for Newly Received Stocker Cattle

Many mineral options are available for cattle producers. Proper nutritional management is critical for stocker cattle because these cattle are often stressed after being transported and will likely have low water and feed intake dur…

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Forage and Feed Analysis

The Auburn University Soil, Forage and Water Testing Laboratory conducts analysis for producers’ forage and feed samples.  Samples are routinely analyzed for percent moisture, crude protein, acid detergent fiber, neutral detergent fiber, n…

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Heavy Rains and Flooding Affecting Livestock

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.–Heavy rains in Alabama are causing headaches for livestock producers. Producers may need to make changes to ensure their livestock get an adequate diet while pastures are saturated with recent rainfall.

Landon Ma…

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Beef Basics Online Course

“Beef Basics”, a free online course from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, is an opportunity to further educate producers and supporters of the Alabama beef cattle industry.

The course covers basic cattle management principles …

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Beef Basics iBook

Cattle are big business in Alabama with a value of $2.5 billion. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s iBook, “Beef Basics,” will help the state’s cattle producers boost their bottom line. An Alabama Extension animal scientis…

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