Matt Hersom

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Name: Matt Hersom
Date registered: January 28, 2014

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  1. Bargain Hay is No Bargain if it is Poor Quality — August 25, 2017
  2. Florida Beef Cattle Short Course – May 3-5 — March 31, 2017
  3. Is Calf Shrink a Big Deal? — September 16, 2016
  4. Hay Bale Size Really Does Matter — May 13, 2016
  5. Managing Cow Body Condition has Long-term Impacts — December 18, 2015

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Bargain Hay is No Bargain if it is Poor Quality

Everyone likes a good bargain, but when it comes to hay, low price often equates to poorer quality. Because hay is often sold by the bale, the amount of savings from the “good bargain” can be reduced substantially if there is a negative impact on herd nutrition. So what constitutes “poor quality hay?”  It is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/25/bargain-hay-is-no-bargain-if-it-is-poor-quality/

Florida Beef Cattle Short Course – May 3-5

The Florida Beef Cattle Short Course is one of the premier educational events provided annually by the University of Florida.  The 2017 Beef Cattle Short Course will be held May 3-5 in Gainesville, Florida on the campus of the University of Florida. This year marks the 66th year of the Florida Beef Cattle Short …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/31/florida-beef-cattle-short-course-may-3-5/

Is Calf Shrink a Big Deal?

Perhaps weaning time has come and gone on your operation, but did you consider how much potential profit was lost because of shrink in the calves you sold? Shrink in beef calves is weight loss due to stress that occurs from the time an animal leaves one location and is weighed at another.  Shrinkage can’t …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/09/16/is-shrink-in-calves-a-big-deal/

Hay Bale Size Really Does Matter

Now is the time to start planning for the hay making season, so let’s consider the size issue when it comes to hay bales.  In a lot of situations size really does matter, because bale size has the greatest influence on the total weight of hay in a bale, how many pounds of nutrients are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/05/13/hay-bale-size-really-does-matter/

Managing Cow Body Condition has Long-term Impacts

Dr. Matt Hersom, Associate Professor, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida

The body condition score of a cow and the herd overall is the best indicator of past nutritional status or success of the overall nutritional program, and the best indicator of near-term nutritional needs. Body condition score is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/12/18/managing-cow-body-condition-has-long-term-impacts/

How Important is Shrink In Beef Calves

Shrink in beef calves constitutes a potential economic loss to both the seller and the buyer if not fully considered. A number of factors cause shrink, but primarily feed and water deprivation or lack of consumption and exposure to stress have the greatest magnitude. Shrink in beef cattle is the loss of weight as a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/07/31/how-important-is-shrink-in-beef-calves/

The Cow is the First Source of Calf Health

When it comes to the health of newborn calves, it all starts with the cow. The cow’s plain of nutrition and diet during gestation can affect her colostrum (first milk) production, milk yield, and the long-term health of her calf. Ensuring the cow receives sufficient nutrition during pregnancy by meeting her energy, protein, mineral, and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2015/03/06/the-cow-is-the-first-source-of-calf-health/

Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth from Your Hay?

Hay feeding is a common practice for many beef cattle enterprises in North Florida. The key question is, are you getting all of the value you expected out of that bale of hay? Multiple factors affect the value and profitability surrounding hay feeding of beef cattle. Too often, if hay is purchased, it is purchased …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/10/03/are-you-getting-your-moneys-worth-from-your-hay/

Does Calf Age at Castration Matter?

Dr. Matt Hersom, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida

Castration, the process of removal or destruction of the testicles, is a common management practice within beef cattle operations. Approximately 60% of beef cow-calf producers castrated their male calves prior to sale (USDA-NAHMS, 2008).There are a number of reasons cattlemen choose …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2014/05/16/does-calf-age-at-castration-matter/