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Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar: February

This is the February excerpt of Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar, ANR-0968-A.
Health Tips

Continue high magnesium mineral supplement feeding for cows on lush winter pastures to prevent grass tetany.

Forage & Nutrition No…

Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar: January

This is the January excerpt of Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar, ANR-0968-A.

Health Tips

Use high magnesium mineral supplements for cows on lush pasture to prevent grass tetany.
Monitor water sources. In severely cold weather,…

Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar

This calendar overviews a monthly check list of things producer should do during each month. It includes health tips, notes on forages and nutrition, and also calving information.
Extension Resources
Alabama Beef Cattle Improvemen…

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Submitting Samples to Alabama Diagnostics Laboratories

Having unexpected mortality in poultry is never a good thing. Valuable resources for producers are the four Alabama State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories. All poultry from Alabama submitted to one of these labs are examined free of charg…

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Silvopasture

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 ques…

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Sheep Selection

In sheep production, breeding stock selection is the basis for any flock improvement. Deciding which animals to retain can be challenging, but the diligence of the decision is critical to the progress of the future flock. When…

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Contagious Agalactia in Sheep and Goats

Contagious agalactiae (CA) is a form of mycoplasmosis. Mycoplasmosis or Mycoplasma is costly for the dairy sheep and goat industry and can lead to incidences of mastitis (inflammation of mammary glands), arthritis (inflammation of joints),…

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Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle

Understanding beef cattle nutrient requirements is a critical step in developing a nutritional management strategy for the herd. Nutritional decision making is
a key factor determining beef cattle production and profitability. Adeq…

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Sheep Production in the Southeast

The Southeast offers economic and ecological advantages to developing a profitable sheep flock that include a temperate climate free from extreme temperatures, potential for year-round forage availability, and a variety of marketing…

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Vaccinations for the Beef Cattle Herd

Vaccination programs for beef cattle herds are designed to protect the animals from diseases caused by infectious organisms such as viruses, bacteria, and protozoans. Vaccines stimulate an animal’s immune system to produce a prote…

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Nutrient Content of Fertilizer Materials

This is a quick reference guide to the nutrient contents of fertilizer materials, broken down by primary and secondary nutrient sources (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sulfur), as well as micronutrien…

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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…

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Management Practices to Reduce Grass Tetany

Grass tetany, also known as hypomagnesia, is a nutritional problem for grazing beef and dairy animals. It is often observed when cattle are grazing lush, actively growing cool-season pastures that have been well- fertilized with nit…

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Nitrate Poisoning of Cattle in Alabama

Nitrate poisoning in cattle is caused by the consumption of feed or water containing high levels of nitrate nitrogen. Under most circumstances, forage crops do not contain levels of nitrates high enough to be toxic. When this does o…

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Financial Assistance

Producers implementing conservation techniques on-farm are eligible for financial assistance through the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service. There are several forms of assistance available. These p…

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