In this Issue:
  • Heaves – The Horse Version of COPD
  • Escambia County Equine Field Day – September 8
  • Managing Carbohydrates from Grazed Pastures for Horses with Metabolic Disorders
  • Friday Feature: The Ride Over Gate
  • Equine Infectious Anemia is Still a Concern for Horse Owners
  • Ticks: A Health Risk for Livestock and their Owners
  • Weed of the Week: Perilla Mint
  • Weed of the Week: Lantana
  • Managing Dung Beetles to Enhance Cattle Production
  • Preparing for a Successful Grazing Season
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    Heaves – The Horse Version of COPD

    Heaves is a non-infectious respiratory disease of horses that is similar to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in humans. It is considered progressive, and degenerative. That means it will never go away completely and each bout will get progressively worse.

    There are a number of forms relative to cause, but they share similar symptoms. Horses …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/08/17/heaves-the-horse-version-of-copd/

    Escambia County Equine Field Day – September 8

    The Escambia County Equine Field Day is a hands-on learning opportunity for horse owners and enthusiast in the western Panhandle of Florida. Participants will be educated in the areas of equine vaccinations, hoof & leg care, nutrition, pasture weed control, exercise physiology, and other relevant topics. Industry professionals, extension faculty and a local veterinarian will …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/08/17/escambia-county-equine-field-day-september-8/

    Managing Carbohydrates from Grazed Pastures for Horses with Metabolic Disorders

    Marcelo Wallau, Lori Warren, Carissa Wickens, Jose Dubeux and Doug Mayo, UF/IFAS Extension

    As extension specialists, we are often asked about nonstructural carbohydrates (NSC) in forages and the potential risks grazing poses to insulin-resistant horses. Numerous blog posts and reports have been written on the topic, alarming horse owners everywhere. However, for horses …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/08/10/metabolic-disorders-in-horses-and-nonstructural-carbohydrates-from-grazed-pastures/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/08/03/friday-feature-the-ride-over-gate/

    Equine Infectious Anemia is Still a Concern for Horse Owners

    Sometimes we can get complacent and forget why we do things. A Coggins test in horses is one of those things.  We know that it is a requirement in Florida to have a current negative Coggins test (within the last 12 months) in order to:

    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/07/27/equine-infectious-anemia-is-still-a-concern-for-horse-owners/

    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/

    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/

    Managing Dung Beetles to Enhance Cattle Production

    Authors: Derrick Conover, and Xavier Martini, UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center

    Throughout the world, dung beetles are important beneficial insects to cattle pasture ecosystems, as they support the processing and removal of livestock waste. With approximately 1.7 million beef cows and calves, and 115,000 dairy cows that contribute $848 million …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/03/16/managing-dung-beetles-to-enhance-cattle-production/

    Preparing for a Successful Grazing Season

    Marcelo Wallau – UF/IFAS Forages Extension Specialist, Caitlin Bainum – UF Agronomy Department  MS Student and Marion Co. Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension Agent, and Liliane Severino da Silva –  UF Agronomy Department  PhD Student

    It is never too early to start planning. As summer approaches, our main forage growing season in Florida, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/03/02/preparing-for-a-successful-grazing-season/

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