In this Issue:
  • Highlights & Proceedings from the UF/IFAS Beef & Forage Field Day
  • Evaluate Forage Production While the Grass is Still Growing
  • Walton County Beef Cattle Seminar – September 21
  • Bargain Hay is No Bargain if it is Poor Quality
  • Friday Feature: Preventing Needlestick Injuries to Ranch Hands
  • July Florida Cattle Market Price Watch
  • 2017 NFREC Beef & Forage Field Day – September 15
  • August Cattle & Forage Management Reminders
  • 2017 U.S. Cattle Inventory Report
  • Atypical BSE Cow Confirmed in Alabama
  • Beef Cattle

    Highlights & Proceedings from the UF/IFAS Beef & Forage Field Day

    Over 120 cattle producers, extension agents, research faculty and staff attended the UF/IFAS Beef & Forage Field Day that was held on Friday, September 15, 2017 at the North Florida Research and Education Center’s Beef Unit, near Marianna, Florida.  The event consisted of a tour of six demonstrations sites and a presentation at the main …

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    Evaluate Forage Production While the Grass is Still Growing

    There has been a delightful coolness in the air these first few “post Irma” days. Don’t be fooled, it’s not fall yet. Mid-September, in Florida, is definitely still summer and pasture grass should not be in short supply in the summer. This is a good time of year to evaluate your operation’s forage production ability.

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    Walton County Beef Cattle Seminar – September 21

    There are roughly 13,000 head of cattle in Walton County, making them an important part of agriculture in this part of the western Florida panhandle.  The University of Florida IFAS Extension Walton County office is offering an educational program to help livestock owners stay competitive and up-to-date on the business. It will be held …

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    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 what constitutes “poor quality hay?”  It is …

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    Friday Feature: Preventing Needlestick Injuries to Ranch Hands

    More than 80% of workers on livestock farms have accidentally stuck themselves with needles used for vaccine and drug administration.  Accidental needlestick injuries are usually minor, but can be serious with skin infections, allergic reactions, and deep tissue wounds that require surgery.   This week’s featured video was developed by the Upper Midwest Agricultural …

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    July Florida Cattle Market Price Watch

    The August 2017 Feeder Cattle futures contract increased by $0.08/cwt. during July. Based on this futures price increase, August Feeder Cattle revenues increased by approximately $0.60/head ($0.08/cwt. * 7.5 cwt.) on a 750-pound feeder steer which amounts to $40.00/truckload (50,000 lbs.). The August Feeder Cattle futures contract high, contract low, and price range …

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    2017 NFREC Beef & Forage Field Day – September 15

    Friday, September 15, 2017 UF/IFAS NFREC Beef Research Unit
    (One mile west of Greenwood, FL on Hwy 162)

    Cattle producers are invited to visit the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, near Marianna, for a Beef and Forage Field Day to be held at the beef Research Unit on Friday, September 15.  …

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    August Cattle & Forage Management Reminders

    UF/IFAS Beef Cattle & Forage Specialists, and County Extension Agents serving the Florida Panhandle worked to develop a basic management calendar for cattle producers.  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, Florida.  …

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    2017 U.S. Cattle Inventory Report

    The semi-annual U.S. Cattle Inventory Report was released on July 21, 2017 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) after a one-year absence. This report continued to confirm that U.S. cattle herd expansion is still active. The report saw significant increases in every category except the category of Beef Replacement Heifers, which declined by 100,000 …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/28/2017-u-s-cattle-inventory-report/

    Atypical BSE Cow Confirmed in Alabama

    On Tuesday, July 18th, 2017, USDA announced confirmation of an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in an 11 year-old cow in Alabama.  The case was detected at a livestock market in Alabama where the cow was showing clinical signs of the disease, which were detected through routine surveillance. The animal was identified prior …

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