In this Issue:
  • Bargain Hay is No Bargain if it is Poor Quality
  • Weed of the Week: Sicklepod
  • Spring is a Good Time to Scout Pastures for Toxic Weeds
  • Next Year’s Bahia Grass Depends on This Year’s Renovation Preparation
  • Grazing Weaned Calves on Bahiagrass Pastures – Key Points to Consider
  • More Grazing Dishes for the Summer Salad Bar
  • Pasture Weed Control Tips for Thistles
  • 2016 Beef Conference Highlights with Links to Presentations
  • USDA’s Grass-Fed Meat Labeling Regulations Changed in January
  • Stockpiled Grazing Can Reduce Winter Feeding Costs
  • forages; livestock

    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/

    Weed of the Week: Sicklepod

    Sicklepod is commonly known as Coffeeweed and is a major issue for livestock producers across the Southeast. This semi-woody annual legume is native to the American tropics. Sicklepod is known to be toxic, affecting liver, kidney and muscle function in livestock. The stems and leaves, as well as seeds, contain toxins, whether green or dry. 

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/25/weed-of-the-week-sicklepod/

    Spring is a Good Time to Scout Pastures for Toxic Weeds

    Spring is a good time to walk your pastures to scout for toxic weeds. Summer pastures are just greening up, but are still short, and warm season weeds are just beginning to pop up out of the ground.  In almost every case, it is much easier to kill small weeds as young plants, than to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/24/spring-is-a-good-time-to-scout-pastures-for-toxic-weeds/

    Next Year’s Bahia Grass Depends on This Year’s Renovation Preparation

    In that recent flash of time when cattle prices were the highest in my lifetime, many Florida ranchers seized the opportunity to invest some increased income in capital improvements for the ranch. Some fertilized according to soil test for the first time in years, some replaced worn out equipment, and some took the opportunity to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/10/28/next-years-bahia-grass-depends-on-this-years-renovation-preparation/

    Grazing Weaned Calves on Bahiagrass Pastures – Key Points to Consider

    Nicolas DiLorenzo and Darren Henry, UF/IFAS NFREC Beef Research Unit, Marianna

    Producers across the Southeast are having to make some tough decisions this summer. The calf market has fallen off considerably, so should you sell at weaning, or should you keep your calves grazing on good pasture and sell later with …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/07/01/grazing-weaned-calves-on-bahiagrass-pastures-key-points-to-consider/

    More Grazing Dishes for the Summer Salad Bar

    We’ve heard “North Florida can grow forage 365 days a year!” for ages, and that’s true. However, those of us who’ve carried livestock through more than one winter with our own money, or worse, a bank’s money, know that it’s just not that simple. The long-time goal of getting grazing from fall seeded winter annuals …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/06/10/more-grazing-dishes-for-the-summer-salad-bar/

    Pasture Weed Control Tips for Thistles

    Timing is critical for controlling weeds that infest and invade our pastures.  Thistles are an example of a weed in which proper timing of herbicide application can mean the difference between excellent and very poor control of the weed problem.  Thistles are biennial, so in year one they come up from seed and form a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/03/18/winter-and-early-spring-pasture-weed-control-tips/

    2016 Beef Conference Highlights with Links to Presentations

    The 31st annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference was one of the best in the long history of this event.  175 people attended the event this year that featured seven presentations and a trade show of 28 companies and organizations that provide products and services to the cattle industry in the Southeast.

    The focus of the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/02/19/2016-beef-conference-highlights-with-links-to-presentations/

    USDA’s Grass-Fed Meat Labeling Regulations Changed in January

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) rescinded the labeling standard for grass-fed meat on January 12, 2016 in a Federal Register notice.

    The posting states “AMS has determined that certain services do not fit within the Agency’s statutory mandate to facilitate the marketing of U.S. agricultural products.” It also …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/01/15/usdas-grass-fed-meat-labeling-regulations-changed-on-january-12-2016/

    Stockpiled Grazing Can Reduce Winter Feeding Costs

    Winter feeding is one of the largest expenses for ranchers, and hay production and feeding is one of the major labor requirements in the annual management of a cattle operation. Researchers across the country have long searched for ways to extend the grazing season to reduce the “forage gap,” so that less hay is required …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/01/08/stockpiled-grazing-can-reduce-winter-feeding-costs/

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