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Farming Basics Online Course

More people than ever want to give farming a try.  In the past, people turned to farming family members for help.  Today, most people are generations removed from farming.

To help budding farmers get started, Alabama Extension offers…

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Emergency Handbook iBook

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has an iBook to help families, businesses and communities prepare for storms and clean up after they pass. The Emergency Handbook is a comprehensive resource for emergency planning, preparation and…

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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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Producing & Feeding Baleage in Alabama

Baleage, known as baled silage or haylage, is a method used for conserving and storing high-moisture forage.

Making hay can be troublesome because of weather conditions, which can delay harvesting at the correct forage …

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Forage Risk Management: Subsidized Insurance as a Strategy

Manage your precipitation risk as a forage producer using USDA subsidized Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage Insurance.

Perennial forage production is a primary source of grazing and hay for livestock producers throughout t…

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Housing & Facilities for Dairy Goats

Dairy goats can be successfully maintained in a variety of production systems, including fenced cultivated pastures, fenced uncultivated pastures, and dry lots.

In each of these systems, health and production depend on …

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Care of Does Before Kidding

Proper monitoring and care of goats during parturition, or kidding, is important for the overall health of the goat herd.

Adult dairy goats are generally less commonly affected than young stock by parasitism or respirat…

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Biosecurity & Disease Prevention in Dairy Goats

Biosecurity is a system of management practices that reduces the introduction of infectious diseases onto a farm and decreases the transmission of disease within the goat herd.

Infectious diseases, such as caseous lymphadenitis (CL), cap…

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Care During & Post Kidding In Dairy Goats

Producers can ensure the health of their herd by learning the proper procedures for care of their goats during kidding and in the days that follow.

To ensure bonding of does with their kids and to prevent hypothermia in…

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Goat Vaccination

The goal of vaccination is to stimulate an immune response that provides some level of protection from disease. Unfortunately, most vaccines do not achieve complete protection from infection and subsequent disease. Vaccines are expe…

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Prussic Acid Poisoning of Livestock

Prussic acid poisoning, also known as cyanide poisoning, is a metabolic condition in livestock that can periodically occur in operations.

Forages such as Johnsongrass, sorghum, sudangrass, and sorghum-sudangrass hybrids…

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Alabama Beef Quality Assurance: Biosecurity

The threat of catastrophic loss due to disease outbreak is a primary concern for the Alabama beef industry. Beef producers should be aware of the risks and procedures to eliminate threats and the need to develop a biosecurity plan.

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Planning to Make a Cow-Calf Profit

Most cattle businesses in Alabama are cow-calf operations. The profitability of these operations is largely a function of the ability to produce and market high-quality feeder calves at a reasonable cost of production.

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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…

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