In this Issue:
  • Is the Old Refrigerator at Your Cowpens or Barn Reducing the Effectiveness of Your Vaccines?
  • Cassava – A Crop for the Back Forty
  • How Do I Legally Sell Beef from My Livestock Operation in Florida?
  • Mead Making Workshop – June 17
  • Nominations Open For The Florida Heifer Development Program
  • Friday Feature: Timeless Fence System
  • Cattlemen’s Prospective – Telling Your Good Story
  • What are the Requirements to Sell Eggs and Dressed Poultry from Florida Small Farms?
  • Friday Feature: Water Quality Affects Cattle Performance
  • Tritcale is Gaining Popularity with Dairy and Beef Cattle Producers
  • Livestock

    Is the Old Refrigerator at Your Cowpens or Barn Reducing the Effectiveness of Your Vaccines?

    Gant Mourer, Beef Value Enhancement Specialist Oklahoma State University

    Respiratory disease in cattle, also known as BRD, shipping fever or pneumonia may cost the U.S. cattle industry over $2 billion annually (Powell 2013). Management techniques can offset much of this cost, and having a good vaccination program can maintain the health of a calf …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/16/is-your-old-refrigerator-at-your-cowpens-or-barn-reducing-the-effectiveness-of-your-vaccines/

    Cassava – A Crop for the Back Forty

    Cassava, also called yuca (not to be confused with the ornamental plant Yucca), tapioca, or manioc in other regions of the world, is a tropical root crop native to South America.  Cassava belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family, which is known for plants with milky sap and includes plants like poinsettias and spurge.  The cassava root is …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/09/cassava-a-crop-for-the-back-forty/

    How Do I Legally Sell Beef from My Livestock Operation in Florida?

    You have worked hard raising quality beef and demand for locally grown food is increasing.  Perhaps you have considered selling meat from your livestock operation, but have found the regulations to be somewhat daunting.  This article highlights two UF/IFAS Publications which focus on this topic and provide answers to the many questions related to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/02/how-do-i-legally-sell-beef-from-my-livestock-operation-in-florida/

    Mead Making Workshop – June 17

    The Jackson County Master Gardeners are hosting a Mead Making Workshop on Saturday, June 17 at the Jackson County Agricultural Center Classroom, 2741 Penn Avenue, Marianna, FL. Registration opens at 8:30 AM (Central Time) and the event will end at 2:00 PM.

    Mead is an alcoholic beverage made from fermenting honey. Mead is described …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/02/mead-making-workshop-june-17/

    Nominations Open For The Florida Heifer Development Program

    The 2017-2018 Florida Heifer Development Program began accepting nominations of heifers on June 1, 2017. Last year the program developed 79 head of commercial and purebred heifers for producers from Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.

    The program was designed to meet the following objectives:

    1) To successfully develop beef replacement heifers for cattle producers using research-based …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/02/nominations-open-for-the-florida-heifer-development-program/

    Friday Feature: Timeless Fence System

    This week’s Friday featured video showcases an innovation in fence posts and braces for livestock fences.  Plastic Innovation, Greeneville, Tennessee has developed the Timeless Fence System that utilizes recycled plastic to create PVC t-posts and fence braces that are flexible and strong, yet totally insulated for use with high-tensile electric fencing without the need …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/02/friday-feature-timeless-fence-system/

    Cattlemen’s Prospective – Telling Your Good Story

    Producers from all aspects of beef production should set annual goals to make improvements to their operation. Often times, these goals relate to increased efficiency, productivity, improved genetics, increased weight gains or higher grading feeder calves at harvest. Although these goals are essential to efficient and profitable production, there is one goal you should never …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/25/cattlemens-prospective-telling-your-good-story/

    What are the Requirements to Sell Eggs and Dressed Poultry from Florida Small Farms?

    Many small farms have poultry as part of their operation to supply eggs and meat for their immediate and extended family.  With recent federal and state rule changes, however, it is now possible to sell both eggs and dressed poultry direct from the farm to consumers.  Eggs and whole, dressed poultry can be sold …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/25/what-are-the-requirements-to-sell-eggs-and-dressed-poultry-from-florida-small-farms/

    Friday Feature: Water Quality Affects Cattle Performance

    This week’s featured video was developed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service to explain the benefits of good quality water for livestock.  Alabama Water Resources Extension Specialist, Eve Brantley, discusses the best water practices to use in your cattle operation.

    Cattle consume 2 gallons of water per 100 pounds of body weight per day, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/25/friday-feature-water-quality-affects-cattle-performance/

    Tritcale is Gaining Popularity with Dairy and Beef Cattle Producers

    Ann Blount, Cheryl Mackowiak, Nick DiLorenzo and Jose Dubeux, UF/IFAS NFREC Marianna

    Triticale is a winter forage that is gaining in popularity in the Southeast. The name might sound unfamiliar (pronounced trit-i-kay-lee), but it has become increasingly sought after in recent years.  Dairy farmers in the Southeast have had success using triticale for silage production. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/19/tritcale-is-gaining-popularity-with-dairy-and-beef-cattle-producers/

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