Do the Math First Before Purchasing Feed to Supplement Hay

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...
Weed of the Week: Black Cherry

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...
Bargain Hay is No Bargain if it is Poor Quality

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...
Weed of the Week: Sicklepod

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...