In this Issue:
  • Do the Math First Before Purchasing Feed to Supplement Hay
  • Weed of the Week: Black Cherry
  • 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
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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/

    Weed of the Week: Black Cherry

    Black Cherry is common across the southern half of the United States. Mature trees span from 50 to 90 feet tall with an oval silhouette shape, and low branches that normally droop to the ground. This native tree is commonly used for landscaping but can also be  found in pastures and along fence lines.

    The …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/11/17/weed-of-the-week-black-cherry/

    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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    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/

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