In this Issue:
  • UF Research Study Confirms that Calm, Cool Cattle are More Productive
  • Friday Funny Feature: Almond Dairy Farming
  • Follow BQA Guidelines When Treating and Selling Cows
  • Friday Feature: The Ride Over Gate
  • Cattle On Feed Hints at Beef Production in Late 2018
  • Ticks: A Health Risk for Livestock and their Owners
  • Weed of the Week: Perilla Mint
  • Thinning the Pawpaw Patch in Your Pastures
  • Sunn Hemp for Forage or Wildlife Food Plots
  • Weed of the Week: Lantana
  • Dairy

    UF Research Study Confirms that Calm, Cool Cattle are More Productive

    Brad Buck, UF/IFAS Communications Services

    Cattle are a little like humans: They are more productive when they are cooler. With cattle, a cooler body helps with meat and dairy production, new University of Florida research shows.

    Cows with shorter hair are cooler, and thus, more productive,” said Raluca Mateescu, an associate professor of …

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    Friday Funny Feature: Almond Dairy Farming

    Typically, the weekly featured videos share an innovation or idea related to agricultural production.  This week take a break from the serious videos to enjoy a humorous one that pokes fun at the idea of milking almonds, called “Nut Milking Exposed.”  There has been a great deal of discussion of late about whether nut …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/08/10/friday-funny-feature-almond-dairy-farming/

    Follow BQA Guidelines When Treating and Selling Cows

    Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist 

    Summer time often brings a few infectious ailments to beef cows.  Common problems include eye infections and foot rot.  Treatment of affected cows will often involve the use of antibiotics.

    In the past, and on very rare occasions, violative residues of pharmaceutical products have been …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/08/03/follow-bqa-guidelines-when-treating-and-selling-cows/

    Friday Feature: The Ride Over Gate

    Every livestock producer has daydreamed about automatic gates to make travel around ranches faster and easier.  But, it is too expensive to provide power and hydraulic cylinders for each pasture gate.  This week’s featured video was produced by the Wrangler Company in New Zealand to introduce their Ride Over GateThe ride over …

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    Cattle On Feed Hints at Beef Production in Late 2018

    Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist

    On June 22, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistic Service released their Cattle on Feed report that showed a feedlot inventory of 11.553 million head of cattle in feedlots of more than 1,000 head capacity.  This is the largest June 1 feedlot inventory in …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/06/29/cattle-on-feed-hints-at-beef-production-in-late-2018/

    Ticks: A Health Risk for Livestock and their Owners

     

    Most people can probably tell you that ticks carry Lyme disease. This bacterial disease can cause long-term health problems for humans if left untreated, but it is thankfully relatively rare to find in Florida (132 confirmed cases in 2016). Though Lyme disease may be the best known tick-borne disease, there are others, such …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/06/01/ticks-a-health-risk-for-livestock-and-their-owners/

    Weed of the Week: Perilla Mint

    Perilla Mint is a toxic ornamental that has escaped from landscapes in the Southern U.S. and is now an established pasture weed. As a summer annual it grows in shaded areas up to a height of 2 feet tall. It is often identified by its purple shading on the undersides of the leaves. All parts …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/25/weed-of-the-week-perilla-mint/

    Thinning the Pawpaw Patch in Your Pastures

    Pawpaws (Asimina spp.) are members of the custard family, and 10 species are known to occur in the state.  Of these 10, fourpetal pawpaw (Asimina tetramera) is on the endangered species list, but this species is found primarily in coastal pine scrub habitats in Martin and Palm Beach counties.  Most pawpaw species in Florida are …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/05/18/thinning-the-pawpaw-patch-in-your-pastures/

    Sunn Hemp for Forage or Wildlife Food Plots

    Sunn hemp is a fast growing, warm season, annual legume.  It grows 6-7 feet tall.  Sunn hemp can tolerate a wide range of soil pH (5.0-8.4).  It is native to India and Pakistan.  The University of Hawaii and USDA NRCS, together, released the variety called “Tropic Sun” in 1982.  This variety only makes seed during …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/20/sunn-hemp-for-forage-or-wildlife-food-plots/

    Weed of the Week: Lantana

     

    First introduced into the southern states as a perennial ornamental, Lantana is easily identified during the growing season by its vibrant multi-colored flowers. Currently, Lantana is listed as one of the top 10 more troublesome weeds in Florida, with documented occurrences in 58 of 67 counties. While it is still sold as an ornamental, commercially …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/13/weed-of-the-week-lantana/

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