In this Issue:
  • Weed of the Week: Showy Crotalaria
  • July Florida Cattle Market Price Watch
  • 2017 NFREC Beef & Forage Field Day – September 15
  • August Cattle & Forage Management Reminders
  • 2017 U.S. Cattle Inventory Report
  • Weed of the Week: Tropical Soda Apple
  • Beekeeping in the Panhandle Summer Series – Starts August 17th
  • Friday Feature: The Dairy Heifers that Love Trombone Music
  • Atypical BSE Cow Confirmed in Alabama
  • Jackson Cattlemen’s Tour July 21
  • Livestock

    Weed of the Week: Showy Crotalaria

    Commonly known as Showy Rattlebox, Showy Crotalaria is a fast growing summer annual that germinates in early spring and flowers in late summer. As a member of the legume family, it was brought to the United States to be used as a cover crop to help set nitrogen in dry sandy soils. Showy Crotalaria is …

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    July Florida Cattle Market Price Watch

    The August 2017 Feeder Cattle futures contract increased by $0.08/cwt. during July. Based on this futures price increase, August Feeder Cattle revenues increased by approximately $0.60/head ($0.08/cwt. * 7.5 cwt.) on a 750-pound feeder steer which amounts to $40.00/truckload (50,000 lbs.). The August Feeder Cattle futures contract high, contract low, and price range …

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    2017 NFREC Beef & Forage Field Day – September 15

    Friday, September 15, 2017 UF/IFAS NFREC Beef Research Unit
    (One mile west of Greenwood, FL on Hwy 162)

    Cattle producers are invited to visit the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, near Marianna, for a Beef and Forage Field Day to be held at the beef Research Unit on Friday, September 15.  …

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    August Cattle & Forage Management Reminders

    UF/IFAS Beef Cattle & Forage Specialists, and County Extension Agents serving the Florida Panhandle worked to develop a basic management calendar for cattle producers.  The purpose of this calendar is to provide reminders for management techniques with similar timing to those used at the North Florida Research and Education Center’s Beef Unit, near Marianna, Florida.  …

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    2017 U.S. Cattle Inventory Report

    The semi-annual U.S. Cattle Inventory Report was released on July 21, 2017 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) after a one-year absence. This report continued to confirm that U.S. cattle herd expansion is still active. The report saw significant increases in every category except the category of Beef Replacement Heifers, which declined by 100,000 …

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    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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    Beekeeping in the Panhandle Summer Series – Starts August 17th

    The UF/IFAS Extension Panhandle Agriculture Team is pleased to offer three intermediate level beekeeping classes.  These classes will be offered via interactive web-conferencing at a number of Extension Offices across North Florida and will be taught by state and nationally recognized specialists.  This summer series will be Thursday evenings from 6-7:30 pm Central Time, 7-8:30 …

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    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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    Atypical BSE Cow Confirmed in Alabama

    On Tuesday, July 18th, 2017, USDA announced confirmation of an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in an 11 year-old cow in Alabama.  The case was detected at a livestock market in Alabama where the cow was showing clinical signs of the disease, which were detected through routine surveillance. The animal was identified prior …

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    Jackson Cattlemen’s Tour July 21

    2017 JCCA Cattlemen’s Tour 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM CDT, Friday, July 21

    The Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association will be hosting a ranch tour on Friday, July 21.  Tour participants will gain insights into hay production, presented by two-time Jackson County Hay Farmer of the Year, Jimmy Alday. The next stop will be at Luke Arnold’s …

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