In this Issue:
  • Thinning the Pawpaw Patch in Your Pastures
  • Using Solar Energy to Pump Water for Livestock
  • Bull Calf Evaluation and Marketing Workshop – May 18
  • Friday Feature: Karl Kressman’s the Cow Truck & the Convertible
  • Don’t Let Under-Performing Cows Hide in Your Herd
  • Beef Cattle Basics Session 2 – Reproduction Management – May 8
  • Friday Double Feature: Rethink the Ranch Beef Consumer Campaign
  • Cattlemen Conversations: An Educational Video Series for Cattle Producers
  • Is it Profitable to Add Weight and Sell Heavier Feeder Calves this Year?
  • Sunn Hemp for Forage or Wildlife Food Plots
  • Livestock

    Thinning the Pawpaw Patch in Your Pastures

    Pawpaws (Asimina spp.) are members of the custard family, and 10 species are known to occur in the state.  Of these 10, fourpetal pawpaw (Asimina tetramera) is on the endangered species list, but this species is found primarily in coastal pine scrub habitats in Martin and Palm Beach counties.  Most pawpaw species in Florida are …

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    Using Solar Energy to Pump Water for Livestock

    Sometimes the cost of running overhead power lines to power remote pumps is cost prohibitive on large acreages.  This causes farmers and ranchers to look for alternative energy sources.  In Florida, a great energy source is solar energy.

    There are many advantages to using solar energy to pump water for livestock.  It is a definite …

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    Bull Calf Evaluation and Marketing Workshop – May 18

    The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is holding a hands-on workshop geared toward purebred beef producers on Friday, May 18, 2018.  A Bull Calf Evaluation and Marketing workshop will be held at the Southern Cattle Company Farm, near Dothan, AL from 1:30 to 4:30 PM.

    According to Rickey Hudson, Animal Science and Forages Regional Extension Agent, …

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    Friday Feature: Karl Kressman’s the Cow Truck & the Convertible

    This week’s featured video is a humorous selection of Rawhide tales with Karl Kressman.  Karl Kressman is a well known cowboy and Longhorn cattle breeder in Jackson County, FL.  Instead of writing down his memoirs he has created a YouTube video series to share his tales of humorous adventures of rodeoing and working …

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    Don’t Let Under-Performing Cows Hide in Your Herd

    There is a mountain of good research data out there that shows that one of the best cattle herd management strategies is a defined breeding season.  The breeding season should be less than 120 days, and ideally should be 60 – 90 days to see all the associated management benefits.  If you are unclear regarding …

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    Beef Cattle Basics Session 2 – Reproduction Management – May 8

    Beef Cattle Basics is an educational series provided by UF/IFAS Extension, which has been designed to give new and experienced producers a solid educational foundation for their beef cattle enterprises. Beef Cattle Basics will address six topics that are essential to beef operations of any size:

  • Forages – Variety Selection and Establishment Procedures
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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/04/beef-cattle-basics-six-part-series-begins-april-12/

    Friday Double Feature: Rethink the Ranch Beef Consumer Campaign

    This week’s featured videos were developed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association as part of the “Rethink the Ranch” campaign.  The video series shares introduces consumers to six cattle modern operations and the real people who grow the cattle that ultimately become the product they love to eat.

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    Cattlemen Conversations: An Educational Video Series for Cattle Producers

    Cattle producers are required to navigate a diverse range of management challenges, and make decisions that impact not only their current production cycle, but have lasting impact for years to come. For this reason, producers need to be current on trends, technologies, markets, nutrition, health, reproduction and more! In order to create a convenient, …

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    Is it Profitable to Add Weight and Sell Heavier Feeder Calves this Year?

    Last spring I wrote an article entitled “At What Weight should I sell my Feeder Calves” that bought forth many questions on the value of each additional pound of gain. This article will serve as a follow-up to revisit the value of gain, and share the calculation for producers to use to evaluate their …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/20/is-it-profitable-to-add-weight-and-sell-heavier-feeder-calves-this-year/

    Sunn Hemp for Forage or Wildlife Food Plots

    Sunn hemp is a fast growing, warm season, annual legume.  It grows 6-7 feet tall.  Sunn hemp can tolerate a wide range of soil pH (5.0-8.4).  It is native to India and Pakistan.  The University of Hawaii and USDA NRCS, together, released the variety called “Tropic Sun” in 1982.  This variety only makes seed during …

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