In this Issue:
  • Friday Feature: Preventing Needlestick Injuries to Ranch Hands
  • Friday Feature: The Dairy Heifers that Love Trombone Music
  • Cattle Fly Control Tips
  • Cattle Markets Slide into Summer Decline
  • Friday Feature: The Cow Sprayer Automated Fly Control System
  • Dairy Cattle Conceived in Winter Perform Better
  • Is the Old Refrigerator at Your Cowpens or Barn Reducing the Effectiveness of Your Vaccines?
  • Friday Feature: Timeless Fence System
  • Tritcale is Gaining Popularity with Dairy and Beef Cattle Producers
  • Friday Feature: Cindale Dairy & Creamery
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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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/08/11/friday-feature-preventing-needlestick-injuries-to-ranch-hands/

    Friday Feature: The Dairy Heifers that Love Trombone Music

    Fifth-generation Florida dairy farmer, Ed Henderson owns the 6,800 head Shenandoah Dairy Farm near Live Oak, Florida.  He also loves to play jazz music with his trombone and stumbled across something very interesting;  His Holstein heifers love his music too!  This week’s featured video was produced by CNN that shows how his cows react when …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/28/friday-feature-the-dairy-heifers-that-love-trombone-music/

    Cattle Fly Control Tips

    Dr. Lew Strickland, Extension Veterinarian,Department of Animal Science,University of Tennessee

    Now that warm weather has arrived, everyone will start to focus on all the chores that have to be done to “gear” up for the upcoming season, including fly control. Fly infestation reduces performance and the economic loss from each horn …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/30/cattle-fly-control-tips/

    Cattle Markets Slide into Summer Decline

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

    With July 4 wholesale beef purchases complete,  beef prices have dropped sharply the past ten days.  Beef and cattle markets, have defied gravity by staying stronger, longer than most expected this spring.  However, with seasonal pressure prevailing, beef and cattle markets have weakened and …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/30/cattle-markets-slide-into-summer-decline/

    Friday Feature: The Cow Sprayer Automated Fly Control System

    Thanks to Nick Simmons, Escambia County Extension for sending in this week’s featured video.  This video highlights an innovation developed by Hue Fussell, a farmer in Ambrose, GA who invented “The Cow Sprayer.”  The Cow Sprayer automatically applies insecticide to every cow as they walk through a portable frame gate.  For just under $3,000 …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/30/friday-feature-the-cow-sprayer-automated-fly-control-system/

    Dairy Cattle Conceived in Winter Perform Better

    Brad Buck, University of Florida/IFAS Communications Service

    Cows and humans have something in common: If you take better care of the mother during pregnancy, her children are likely to be healthier – and this impact should last a lifetime, a University of Florida scientist says.

    In the case of cows, cool conditions are key. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/23/dairy-cattle-conceived-in-winter-perform-better/

    Is the Old Refrigerator at Your Cowpens or Barn Reducing the Effectiveness of Your Vaccines?

    Gant Mourer, Beef Value Enhancement Specialist Oklahoma State University

    Respiratory disease in cattle, also known as BRD, shipping fever or pneumonia may cost the U.S. cattle industry over $2 billion annually (Powell 2013). Management techniques can offset much of this cost, and having a good vaccination program can maintain the health of a calf …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/16/is-your-old-refrigerator-at-your-cowpens-or-barn-reducing-the-effectiveness-of-your-vaccines/

    Friday Feature: Timeless Fence System

    This week’s Friday featured video showcases an innovation in fence posts and braces for livestock fences.  Plastic Innovation, Greeneville, Tennessee has developed the Timeless Fence System that utilizes recycled plastic to create PVC t-posts and fence braces that are flexible and strong, yet totally insulated for use with high-tensile electric fencing without the need …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/06/02/friday-feature-timeless-fence-system/

    Tritcale is Gaining Popularity with Dairy and Beef Cattle Producers

    Ann Blount, Cheryl Mackowiak, Nick DiLorenzo and Jose Dubeux, UF/IFAS NFREC Marianna

    Triticale is a winter forage that is gaining in popularity in the Southeast. The name might sound unfamiliar (pronounced trit-i-kay-lee), but it has become increasingly sought after in recent years.  Dairy farmers in the Southeast have had success using triticale for silage production. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/19/tritcale-is-gaining-popularity-with-dairy-and-beef-cattle-producers/

    Friday Feature: Cindale Dairy & Creamery

    This week’s featured video was produced by Florida Dairy Farmers to highlight a local dairy farm in Jackson County.  Brad and Meghan Austin of Cindale Farms are continuing the family dairy farming tradition. Instead of simply expanding the farm to include the next generation, they diversified in a unique way. Their family works hard …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/05/05/friday-feature-cindale-dairy-creamery/

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