In this Issue:
  • Friday Feature: Preventing Needlestick Injuries to Ranch Hands
  • Weed of the Week: Tropical Soda Apple
  • Friday Feature: Timeless Fence System
  • Cool Season Forages – What Grew Well this Year
  • Quarantine Lifted, Screwworms Eradicated from Florida Keys
  • Friday Feature: Cordless Fence Staple Gun
  • Basic Goat Production Workshop – July 13
  • APHIS Confirms New World Screwworm in Dade County Dog
  • Medicated Livestock Feeds Will Require Veterinarian Authorization in 2017
  • USDA Confirms Screwworms in the Florida Keys
  • Goats

    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/

    Weed of the Week: Tropical Soda Apple

    This week’s featured weed is tropical soda apple, a serious weed problem in many pastures and natural areas of Florida.  This invasive weed is very prolific and can infest a pasture in a very short time.  Its fruit are toxic to goats, and the unpalatable thorny leaves results in reduced forage production and lower stocking …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/07/28/weed-of-the-week-tropical-soda-apple/

    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/

    Cool Season Forages – What Grew Well this Year

    Every fall producers select which cool season forage varieties they want to utilize in their operations and by the following spring some are happy with the choices they made and others are not. In an effort to help producers make a more informed decision, UF/IFAS personnel, with funding from the Florida Milk Check-Off, plant a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/24/cool-season-forages-what-grew-well-this-year/

    Quarantine Lifted, Screwworms Eradicated from Florida Keys

    In the fall of 2016, USDA’s Animal Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of screwworms in the Florida Keys.  The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) announced on March 18, 2017 that they were winding down their response to the screwworm infestation in Monroe County.  After months of surveillance, trapping, sterile …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/24/quarantine-lifted-screwworms-eradicated-from-florida-keys/

    Friday Feature: Cordless Fence Staple Gun

    This week’s featured video is a really cool innovation for building or repairing fences, a cordless fence staple gun made by the STOCKade Company in New Zealand.  Anyone who has ever built or repaired farm fences will want one of these tools.  Unfortunately, the cordless model costs $1,379, but even so it is …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/03/10/friday-feature-cordless-fence-staple-gun/

    Basic Goat Production Workshop – July 13

    Basic Goat Production Workshop

    If you are interested in learning more about goats for a 4-H Project with your kids, or your small herd for your farm, make plans now to attend a workshop on July 13, 2017 from 9:00 AM –  4:00 PM at the UF/IFAS Jackson County Extension Office. This training is …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/02/24/save-the-date-basic-goat-production-workshop-july-13/

    APHIS Confirms New World Screwworm in Dade County Dog

    Source:  USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 01/09/2017

    The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of New World screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax) in a stray dog near Homestead, Florida. The dog was isolated and his infested wounds were treated. Federal and state officials …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/01/13/aphis-confirms-new-world-screwworm-in-dade-county-dog/

    Medicated Livestock Feeds Will Require Veterinarian Authorization in 2017

    Source: FDA CVM Animal Feed Safety System Team

    As of January 1, 2017, animal producers will not be able to purchase feeds over the counter that contain antimicrobials deemed important for human health. Instead, to buy and use feeds containing those antimicrobials, animal producers must be authorized by a licensed veterinarian …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/12/16/medicated-livestock-feeds-will-require-veterinarian-authorization-in-2017/

    USDA Confirms Screwworms in the Florida Keys

    Screwworms were eradicated from the Southeast back in 1959.  This week USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of New World Screwworms Cochliomyia hominivorax in three deer in the Florida Keys.  At this point, APHIS believes the infestation is isolated to Big Pine Key and No Name Key, but the USDA is …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2016/10/07/usda-confirms-screwworms-in-the-florida-keys/

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