In this Issue:
  • Cool Season Forages – What Grew Well this Year
  • Quarantine Lifted, Screwworms Eradicated from Florida Keys
  • Friday Feature: Video Tour of a Beef Packing Plant with Temple Grandin
  • Friday Feature: Destructive Wildfires in the Plains
  • Friday Feature: Cordless Fence Staple Gun
  • At What Weight Should I Sell My Feeder Calves?
  • Genomics Workshop for Cattle Producers – March 23
  • March Cattle & Forage Management Reminders
  • February Florida Cattle Market Price Watch
  • Friday Feature: Ear Tags that Identify Sick Cattle
  • Beef Cattle

    Cool Season Forages – What Grew Well this Year

    Every fall producers select which cool season forage varieties they want to utilize in their operations and by the following spring some are happy with the choices they made and others are not. In an effort to help producers make a more informed decision, UF/IFAS personnel, with funding from the Florida Milk Check-Off, plant a …

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    Quarantine Lifted, Screwworms Eradicated from Florida Keys

    In the fall of 2016, USDA’s Animal Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of screwworms in the Florida Keys.  The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) announced on March 18, 2017 that they were winding down their response to the screwworm infestation in Monroe County.  After months of surveillance, trapping, sterile …

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    Friday Feature: Video Tour of a Beef Packing Plant with Temple Grandin

    This weeks featured video provides an honest look at how cattle are handled at meat packing plants.  Dr Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, widely considered to be the world’s leading expert on humane animal handling, created the “Glass Walls Project” to show people the truth about humane animal …

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    Friday Feature: Destructive Wildfires in the Plains

    On Monday March 6, unique weather conditions including a passing cold front, high winds, and low humidity fueled raging wildfires from Texas to Colorado that burned over 1 million acres.  In the wake of these extremely fast moving fires, thousands of cattle and seven people were killed.  This week’s featured videos  provide an overview of …

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    Friday Feature: Cordless Fence Staple Gun

    This week’s featured video is a really cool innovation for building or repairing fences, a cordless fence staple gun made by the STOCKade Company in New Zealand.  Anyone who has ever built or repaired farm fences will want one of these tools.  Unfortunately, the cordless model costs $1,379, but even so it is …

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    At What Weight Should I Sell My Feeder Calves?

    Chris Prevatt, UF/IFAS Livestock Economics Regional Agent

    A commonly asked question around sale barns and at extension programs is “Should I sell light-weight feeder calves now or hold them and sell them when they are heavier?” The answer to this question depends on your individual situation. A number of factors including market …

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    Genomics Workshop for Cattle Producers – March 23

    Over the last decade, cattle production has experienced technological growth unmatched in the industry’s history. Currently, cattle producers are faced with making management decisions on how to integrate these advancements into their operations, and determining if they will increase profitability.

    Two of the largest areas of technological advancements have come in the field of genomics …

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    March 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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    February Florida Cattle Market Price Watch

    The August 2017 Feeder Cattle futures contract increased by $4.58/cwt. during February. Based on this futures price increase, August Feeder Cattle revenues increased by approximately $34.35/head ($4.58/cwt. * 7.5 cwt.) on a 750-pound feeder steer which amounts to $2,290.00/truckload (50,000 lbs.). The August Feeder Cattle futures contract high, contract low, and price range …

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    Friday Feature: Ear Tags that Identify Sick Cattle

    This week’s featured videos highlight a new high-tech tool that feedyards, stocker operations, and maybe even cow-calf operations can utilize to aid in quick identification of sick cattle for immediate care.  Quantified Ag has developed a “Smart Ear Tag” that can identifying sick cattle. Their tags constantly monitor cattle and alert cowboys when …

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