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Selecting and Managing a Dairy Goat/Sheep Herd

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

Purchasing Guidelines
There are a number of factors to consider before purchasing your ideal dairy goat or sheep. Follow these guidel…

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Preparing Your Property for Dairy Goats/Sheep

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

Goat and Sheep Facilities
While shelters and fences are primary components of facilities, there are additional features to consider, …

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Dairy Goat and Sheep Operations in the Southeast Production Guide

Preface
Dairy goat and sheep production is one of the fastest-growing agricultural industries in Alabama and the Southeast in general. This guide offers a general overview of the industry along with best management practices. It was …

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Uncovering False Oleander Scale

False oleander scale (FOS) can be a serious pest of southern magnolia, palms, and aucuba.  The biology of FOS is somewhat of a mystery.   The most commonly targeted stages for management are females and crawlers (mobile baby scales).  …

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Livestock Risk Protection for Feeder Cattle

Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) is an insurance product offered by USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) and is available for feeder cattle, fed cattle and swine in Alabama. Beginning July 1, 2019, LRP subsidy rates will increase, making this p…

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Feeding Game Birds: Pheasant, Quail, and Partridge

The nutrient requirements of game birds vary by species and intended use. Follow these dietary recommendations to help optimize production.

Ring-necked pheasant, bobwhite quail, Japanese quail, chukar partridge, and Hungar…

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Management of Fall Armyworm in Pastures and Hayfields

The fall armyworm is a chronic pest in the Southeast and can cause severe damage to grass and forage crops. Damage varies in appearance and severity according to the type of grass and management practices. They are most numerous in …

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Biology and Management of Bermudagrass Stem Maggot

The bermudagrass stem maggot has become a pest for cattlemen and hay producers across the Southeast. Learn control measures and strategies for mitigating damage.

If your bermudagrass hayfield has a frosted appearance (figur…

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Growing Horticultural Crops: Things To Consider

Some of the most common questions received by Alabama Extension agents are about some aspect of fruit and vegetable production. A lot of questions come from people considering growing fruits and vegetables commercially but do not know where…

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Nutrition for Backyard Chicken Flocks

Raising chickens for eggs or meat requires the right nutrition at the right life stage. Follow these guidelines to maintain the growth, reproductive performance, and health of your backyard flock.

Farm-fresh…

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Managing Tawny Crazy Ants in Livestock Production Systems

Tawny crazy ants (Nylanderia fulva), previously known as the Caribbean or the Rasberry crazy ant, are fast becoming an economic, ecological, and nuisance pest in the southeastern United States. They have been a serious problem in pa…

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Common Tomato Problems

Tomatoes are one crop that can have a lot of disease issues for growers. This article discusses a few of the more common tomato problems. Growers should keep in mind that many tomato problems are hard to identify in the field.
Blossom-End …

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Managing Tawny Crazy Ants in Plant Nurseries

Learn about tawny crazy ants, their behavior, and how to control them in plant nurseries.

Tawny crazy ants (Nylanderia fulva), previously known as Caribbean or Rasberry crazy ants, are fast becoming an economic, ecolo…

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Deciding Which Blueberry Cultivars to Plant

If you have decided to grow blueberry plants and do not know which cultivars to plant, ask yourself this question. How will the planting be used? Some growers want all of the berries to ripen at the same time so they can be harvested at the…

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