In this Issue:
  • The Impact of Shade on Cattle Performance in the Florida Panhandle
  • Friday Feature: EPD Basics for Bull Selection
  • December Cattle & Forage Management Reminders
  • Do the Math First Before Purchasing Feed to Supplement Hay
  • 2017 Average Farm Land Rent and Labor Rates
  • Weed of the Week: Black Cherry
  • How Many Replacement Heifers Should You Keep at Weaning?
  • Cow-calf Profitability Better than Expected in 2017
  • Weed of the Week: Bracken Fern
  • Cindale Dairy Receives Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award
  • Livestock

    The Impact of Shade on Cattle Performance in the Florida Panhandle

    Lautaro Rostoll, Jose Dubeux, and Nicolas DiLorenzo, University of Florida NFREC

    Cattle producers in the Southeast have often asked questions about the need for shade, and its impact on performance.  While plenty of information is available on heat stress on cattle fed finishing diets in the Midwest, surprisingly not as much information is available …

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    Friday Feature: EPD Basics for Bull Selection

    This week’s featured video was actually produced by the Panhandle Ag Extension Team.  Bull buying season is upon us, so it is helpful to understand EPDs, and how to use the numbers to select the best bull for the money.  Mark Mauldin, Washington County Extension provides a great overview of why EPDs are so important, …

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    December Cattle & Forage Management Reminders

    UF/IFAS Beef Cattle & Forage Specialists, and County Extension Agents serving the Florida Panhandle developed a basic management calendar for cattle producers in the region.  The purpose of this calendar is to provide reminders for management techniques with similar timing to those used at the North Florida Research and Education Center’s Beef Unit, near Marianna, …

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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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    2017 Average Farm Land Rent and Labor Rates

    Some of the most challenging conversations, in almost any relationship, are the ones about money.  This is certainly true as farmers and landowners negotiate lease agreements, or managers and workers negotiate salaries for the year ahead. It can be pretty challenging to determine a “fair price” to rent a specific farm, or to set the …

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    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/

    How Many Replacement Heifers Should You Keep at Weaning?

    Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

    Each year commercial cow/calf operations must decide how many replacement heifers are grown out to be put in the breeding pasture.  Individual ranches must make the decisions about heifer retention based upon factors that directly affect their bottom-line.  Stocking rates may have changed over time …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/11/17/how-many-replacement-heifers-should-you-keep-at-weaning/

    Cow-calf Profitability Better than Expected in 2017

    Source: Livestock marketing Information Center

    Cattle prices during the fourth quarter of 2017 were significantly stronger than expected. Higher prices caused 2017’s calculated cow-calf return over cash costs plus pasture rent to be revised up. In fact, earlier in 2017, the forecast …

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    Weed of the Week: Bracken Fern

    Bracken Fern is a common perennial fern that is found across the United States. Its ability to grow well is both dry and moist soils, as well as along tree lines, in wooded areas, and around buildings, make it a well-adapted species. While all parts of the fern are toxic, the rhizomes are most toxic, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/11/03/weed-of-the-week-bracken-fern/

    Cindale Dairy Receives Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award

    Source:  Florida Department of Agriculture

    Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced on November 1, 2017 the recipients of the Commissioner’s Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award, which recognizes the environmentally innovative farming techniques of Florida’s farmers and ranchers. This year’s recipients are: Brad and Meghan Austin and Dale and Cindy Eade of Cindale Farms

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