In this Issue:
  • Do the Math First Before Purchasing Feed to Supplement Hay
  • UF/IFAS Researchers are Studying Endophytes in Florida Pasture Grasses
  • Proper Hay Storage Can Save You Money
  • Friday Feature: Protecting Hay Quality at Harvest
  • Utilizing the Information on the Tag of a Seed Bag
  • Friday Feature: Southeast Hay Contest Video
  • Friday Feature: Tumblewheel Rolling Electric Fence
  • Friday Feature: Celebrate National Forage Week June 18-24
  • June Cattle & Forage Management Reminders
  • When is the Best Time to Fertilize Your Perennial Pastures?
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    Do the Math First Before Purchasing Feed to Supplement Hay

    Two general statements to begin the discussion:

  • Florida grass hay is generally not sufficient to meet the nutritional needs of a lactating brood cow.
  • A fall/early winter calving season is a fairly standard practice in Northwest Florida.
  • These two statements imply that most lactating brood cows will be fed hay this winter that is incapable …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/11/17/do-the-math-first-before-purchasing-feed-to-supplement-hay/

    UF/IFAS Researchers are Studying Endophytes in Florida Pasture Grasses

    Ann Blount, Sunny Liao, Florencia Marcon and Cheryl Mackowiak, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center

    What is an Endophyte and why are they in my grass pastures?” may be a question that cattlemen in Florida have never asked before, but they are starting to.

    An endophyte is typically a bacteria or fungus that …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/13/ufifas-researchers-are-studying-endophytes-in-florida-pasture-grasses/

    Proper Hay Storage Can Save You Money

    Evan Anderson, Walton County Agriculture Agent

    If you grow or purchase hay to feed livestock, you probably know that not all hay is created equal. There are a number of factors that contribute to the quality of the bale you end up with. If you’re relying on hay to provide your …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/06/proper-hay-storage-can-save-you-money/

    Friday Feature: Protecting Hay Quality at Harvest

    Massey Ferguson and Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA Forage Extension Specialist have teamed up to produce a video series called “A Cut Above the Rest” with tips on how to harvest high quality hay.  In the first video Dr. Hancock explains RFQ (Relative Forage Quality) scores being used to evaluate the quality of hay …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/06/friday-feature-protecting-hay-quality-at-harvest/

    Utilizing the Information on the Tag of a Seed Bag

    Fall is here so it is time to prepare for winter grazing. Once you determine the variety(s) you will be planting (2017 Cool-Season Forage Variety Recommendations for Florida), the next step is to order and purchase the seed. However, not all seed is equal. While most cattlemen are familiar with reading feed tags, you …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/29/utilizing-the-information-on-the-tag-of-a-seed-bag/

    Friday Feature: Southeast Hay Contest Video

    The Southeast Hay Contest was started 14 years ago to showcase the excellent quality hay that is produced in the South.  If you take pride in producing high quality hay, this is an opportunity to see how the best hay you produce compares to other farms in the region.  This week’s featured video was …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/08/friday-feature-southeast-hay-contest-video/

    Friday Feature: Tumblewheel Rolling Electric Fence

    Last week we kicked off National Forage Week with a promotional video, so it seemed only fitting to end the celebration with an innovation for grazing management.  Intensive mob grazing, or strip grazing of annual pastures requires a good deal of time and management, if you have to continuously move fences to rotate cattle.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/23/friday-feature-tumblewheel-rolling-electric-fence/

    Friday Feature: Celebrate National Forage Week June 18-24

    National Forage Week is Sunday June 18 through Saturday June 24, 2017.  This week’s featured video, produced by the American Forage and Grassland Council, highlights some of the positive impacts of forage production in the U.S.  If you are a forage producer, please share this video using your social media accounts to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/16/friday-feature-celebrate-national-forage-week-june-18-24/

    June Cattle & Forage Management Reminders

    UF/IFAS Beef Cattle & Forage Specialists, and County Extension Agents serving the Florida Panhandle worked to develop a basic management calendar for cattle producers.  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 Research Unit, Marianna, Florida.  …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/09/june-cattle-forage-management-reminders/

    When is the Best Time to Fertilize Your Perennial Pastures?

    Cheryl Mackowiak, Soils Specialist

    It is June and we are fast approaching the longest day of the year (June 21st). You may wonder what day length has to do with timing your fertilizer applications. In general, perennial pasture grasses are photoperiod sensitive. In other words, their growth and flowering (seed head formation) respond to day …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/02/when-is-the-best-time-to-fertilize-your-perennial-pastures/

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