In this Issue:
  • Weed of the Week: Caesar’s Weed
  • Evaluation of Feet & Legs Important for Cattle Longevity
  • Culling Older Cows from the Herd Before Winter
  • Friday Funny: The Chicken Cannon
  • Managing Grazing Land to Enhance Bee Habitat
  • September Florida Cattle Market Price Watch
  • Florida EQIP Application Deadline is November 17
  • 2017 Sunbelt Ag Expo – October 17-19
  • October Cattle & Forage Management Reminders
  • The “Positive Associative Effect” of High Protein Supplements
  • Livestock

    Weed of the Week: Caesar’s Weed

    Caesar’s Weed is a member of the Malvaceae family, which are typically grown for ornamental purpose. Other plants in this family include Hibiscus and Cotton. Caesar’s weed is most commonly is found in disturbed areas, pastures, and perennial crop plantations. This weed is considered to be very aggressive, growing 2 to 7 feet by the …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/27/weed-of-the-week-caesars-weed/

    Evaluation of Feet & Legs Important for Cattle Longevity

    Routine evaluation of the health status of cattle is important to ensure that your animals are comfortable and productive. Visual appraisal of body condition scores (BCS), fly stress, and signs & symptoms of sickness are easily observed as you walk through pastures or move cattle through your working facilities on a regular basis. There is …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/20/evaluation-of-feet-legs-in-cattle-is-important-for-longevity-in-the-herd/

    Culling Older Cows from the Herd Before Winter

    Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

    Cull cows represent approximately 20% of the gross income of any commercial cow operation.  Cull beef cows represent 10% of the beef that is consumed in the United States.  The most recent Market Cow and Bull Audit” has shown that the beef industry has …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/13/culling-older-cows-from-the-herd-before-winter/

    Friday Funny: The Chicken Cannon

    It has been 10 months since we shared a Friday Funny, due to a lack of good material.  Special thanks to Ed Jowers, Emeritus Jackson County Extension Director for sending this funny story to share:

    The Chicken Cannon

    Scientists at NASA built a special cannon to launch standard 6-pound, whole dead chickens at the windshields …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/13/friday-funny-the-chicken-cannon/

    Managing Grazing Land to Enhance Bee Habitat

    Jose Dubeux and Liza Garcia, University of Florida – North Florida Research and Education Center

    Improved forages are not only good for livestock, but they can also help feed bees! Managing grasslands to enhance bee habitat requires similar management practices to those needed to enhance pasture for grazing livestock. Diversification of pasture species, management …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/06/managing-grazing-land-to-enhance-bee-habitat/

    September Florida Cattle Market Price Watch

    The August 2018 Feeder Cattle futures contract increased by $5.95/cwt. during September. Based on this futures price increase, August Feeder Cattle revenues increased by approximately $47.60/head ($5.95/cwt. * 8.0 cwt.) on an 800-pound feeder steer, which amounts to $2,975.00/truckload (50,000 lbs.). The August Feeder Cattle futures contract high, contract low, and price range …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/06/september-florida-cattle-market-price-watch/

    Florida EQIP Application Deadline is November 17

    Florida farmers, ranchers and forest owners can apply until November 17, 2017 for fiscal year 2018 funding from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) that provides financial and technical assistance through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Although applications are accepted on a continuous basis for all programs, funding selections are typically made …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/10/06/florida-eqip-application-deadline-is-november-17/

    2017 Sunbelt Ag Expo – October 17-19

    The Sunbelt Agricultural Expo will celebrate its 40th anniversary with this year’s show to be held on Tuesday, October 17 through Thursday, October 19, 2017 just outside of Moultire, Georgia.  Physical Location:  290-G Harper Boulevard, Moultrie, GA 31788-2157.  Gates open at 8:30 AM Eastern Time and close at 5:00 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday, and …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/29/2017-sunbelt-ag-expo-october-17-19/

    October 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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2017/09/29/october-cattle-forage-management-reminders/

    The “Positive Associative Effect” of High Protein Supplements

    Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

    As you drive around this fall you see many big round bales of hay stored for winter feed.  The quality of this hay will vary a great deal.  Frankly, some of it will be low in protein content and therefore low in digestibility.  The microorganisms …

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