Doug Mayo

Author's details

Name: Doug Mayo
Date registered: October 13, 2011
URL: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu

Biography

Lead Editor for Panhandle Ag e-news - Jackson County Extension Director - Livestock & Forages Agent. My true expertise is with beef cattle and pasture management, but I can assist with information on other livestock species, as well as recreational fish ponds.

Latest posts

  1. Quarantine Lifted, Screwworms Eradicated from Florida Keys — March 24, 2017
  2. Friday Feature: Video Tour of a Beef Packing Plant with Temple Grandin — March 24, 2017
  3. Friday Feature: Destructive Wildfires in the Plains — March 17, 2017
  4. Friday Feature: Cordless Fence Staple Gun — March 10, 2017
  5. March Cattle & Forage Management Reminders — March 3, 2017

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Quarantine Lifted, Screwworms Eradicated from Florida Keys

In the fall of 2016, USDA’s Animal Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of screwworms in the Florida Keys.  The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) announced on March 18, 2017 that they were winding down their response to the screwworm infestation in Monroe County.  After months of surveillance, trapping, sterile …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/24/quarantine-lifted-screwworms-eradicated-from-florida-keys/

Friday Feature: Video Tour of a Beef Packing Plant with Temple Grandin

This weeks featured video provides an honest look at how cattle are handled at meat packing plants.  Dr Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, widely considered to be the world’s leading expert on humane animal handling, created the “Glass Walls Project” to show people the truth about humane animal …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/24/friday-feature-video-tour-of-a-beef-packing-plant-with-temple-grandin/

Friday Feature: Destructive Wildfires in the Plains

On Monday March 6, unique weather conditions including a passing cold front, high winds, and low humidity fueled raging wildfires from Texas to Colorado that burned over 1 million acres.  In the wake of these extremely fast moving fires, thousands of cattle and seven people were killed.  This week’s featured videos  provide an overview of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/17/friday-feature-destructive-wildfires-in-the-plains/

Friday Feature: Cordless Fence Staple Gun

This week’s featured video is a really cool innovation for building or repairing fences, a cordless fence staple gun made by the STOCKade Company in New Zealand.  Anyone who has ever built or repaired farm fences will want one of these tools.  Unfortunately, the cordless model costs $1,379, but even so it is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/10/friday-feature-cordless-fence-staple-gun/

March Cattle & Forage Management Reminders

UF/IFAS Beef Cattle & Forage Specialists, and County Extension Agents serving the Florida Panhandle developed a basic management calendar for cattle producers in the region.  The purpose of this calendar is to provide reminders for management techniques with similar timing to those used at the North Florida Research and Education Center’s Beef Unit, near Marianna, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/03/march-cattle-forage-management-reminders/

February Weather Summary and Spring Outlook

February was considerably drier than January across much of the Panhandle.  There were a few areas that received over 5″ (red), while large portions had 4-5″ (light brown), or 3-4″ (tan).  The eastern portion of the Panhandle received the lowest totals ranging from 1-3″ for the month.

The Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) stations …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/03/february-weather-summary-and-spring-outlook/

Friday Feature: Ear Tags that Identify Sick Cattle

This week’s featured videos highlight a new high-tech tool that feedyards, stocker operations, and maybe even cow-calf operations can utilize to aid in quick identification of sick cattle for immediate care.  Quantified Ag has developed a “Smart Ear Tag” that can identifying sick cattle. Their tags constantly monitor cattle and alert cowboys when …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/03/friday-feature-ear-tags-that-identify-sick-cattle/

Friday Feature: Florida Ranchers Working Together to Supply Local Beef

A new cooperative, Florida Cattle Ranchers LLC is developing a branded beef program to supply Florida born and raised beef to Florida consumers.  Their slogan is “Rare Beef – Well Done.”  This week’s featured video highlights what this group of cattle producers is striving to accomplish.

Florida Cattle Ranchers, LLC is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/02/24/friday-feature-florida-ranchers-working-together-to-supply-local-beef/

Reducing Beef Herd Costs in a Deflated Market

There is no question that cattle ranchers will have to make some challenging decisions to reduce expenses in the face of a deflated cattle market.  Chris Prevatt, UF/IFAS Regional Livestock Economist provided the chart above, which tracks the US weekly average for 550 pound steer calves for the past eight years.  While prices have improved …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/02/17/reducing-beef-herd-costs-in-a-deflated-market/

2017 Beef Conference Presentations and Highlights

The 32nd annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference & Trade Show was held on February 8, 2017 in Marianna, at the Jackson County Extension Office.  Five speakers provided information to help beef cattle ranchers focus on “Crucial Management in Challenging Times.”  In addition to the presentations, there were 28 companies and organizations that provide products, equipment, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/02/17/2017-beef-conference-presentations-and-highlights/

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