In this Issue:
  • Highlights, Presentations, and Decision Aids from the 2018 Northwest Florida Beef Conference
  • Featured Video: Cool-Season Forage Plot Tour with Ann Blount
  • US Cattle Herd Expansion Slows but Continues through 2017
  • 2018 Southern Forage and Hay Outlook
  • Friday Feature: Lock Jawz Insulators for T-Post Fences
  • Friday Feature: Cindale Farms 2017 Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award Video
  • The Impact of Shade on Cattle Performance in the Florida Panhandle
  • 2017 Average Farm Land Rent and Labor Rates
  • Cindale Dairy Receives Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award
  • Friday Feature: Preventing Needlestick Injuries to Ranch Hands
  • Dairy

    Highlights, Presentations, and Decision Aids from the 2018 Northwest Florida Beef Conference

    The 33rd annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference & Trade Show was held on Wednesday, February 14.  A record crowd of 180 ranchers, cattle industry professionals, and extension faculty participated in the event. There were five educational presentations, as well as a Trade Show of 21 businesses and organizations that provide products and services to the …

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    Featured Video: Cool-Season Forage Plot Tour with Ann Blount

    This week’s featured video was produced by the Panhandle Ag Extension Team. Doug Mayo, Jackson County Extension was the producer,  Mark Mauldin, Washington County Extension, was the director, Matt Lollar was the editor, and Dr. Ann Blount, UF/IFAS Forage Breeder was the anchor woman.  This video highlights the differences in cool-season forage types and varieties …

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    US Cattle Herd Expansion Slows but Continues through 2017

     

    On January 31, 2018 the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released their annual January 1 Cattle Inventory Report.  The total U.S. cattle inventory was estimated to be 94.4 million head, which was a 1% increase as compared to 93.7 million on January 1, 2017. Since January 1, 2014 the total cattle inventory …

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    2018 Southern Forage and Hay Outlook

    Weather had a dramatic impact on range, pasture, and hay production in the Southern Region in 2017.  The dramatic extremes of excessive rainfall received in Texas and Florida from hurricanes, to abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions across the Southern U.S. this fall have led to lower levels of hay production and quality in many …

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    Friday Feature: Lock Jawz Insulators for T-Post Fences

    This week’s featured video was produced by Lock JawzThis farmer owned company has developed a unique fencing product designed to attach high-tensile, poly-wire, or barbed-wire to metal T-posts that are commonly used for fences in the region.  These snap-in-place insulators can attach wire to T-posts in six different potions, as seen in the …

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    Friday Feature: Cindale Farms 2017 Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award Video

    This week’s featured video was produced by the Florida Department of Agriculture (FDACS) to showcase the 2017 Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award winners. Cindale Dairy, near Marianna, FL was one of three Florida farms recognized by FDACS in November 2017.  In addition to the video, you can also read about the dairy in the article that …

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    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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    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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    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/11/03/cindale-dairy-receives-agricultural-environmental-leadership-award/

    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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