In this Issue:
  • Marketing Weaned calves through the Alabama SAFE Sale
  • Florida Beef Cattle Short Course – May 9-11
  • Weed of the Week: Lantana
  • Spring Field Day and Cattlemen’s Social – April 21
  • Weaning Date Comparison for Fall Calving Cows
  • Friday Feature: Celestial Cow Art
  • March Florida Cattle Market Price Watch
  • Highlights from the UF/IFAS Panhandle Bee College
  • Friday Feature: Shenandoah Dairy Video Farm Tour
  • Managing Dung Beetles to Enhance Cattle Production
  • Livestock

    Marketing Weaned calves through the Alabama SAFE Sale

    Cow-calf ranchers have an opportunity to add value to the weaned calves they sell, through a cooperative board sale.  For the past 24 years cattle producers in Southeast Alabama, Southwest Georgia, and Northwest Florida have joined together to form marketing groups that jointly offer weaned calves in groups.  The main concept of these board …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/20/2018-alabama-safe-sale-and-upcoming-bqa-training-april-24/

    Florida Beef Cattle Short Course – May 9-11

     

    The 2018 Beef Short Course Program Committee and the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences encourage cattle ranchers to attend the 67th annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course in Gainesville, Florida May 9-11, 2018. The Short Course will be held at the Straughn Extension Professional Development Center, 2142 Shealy Dr., Gainesville, FL 32611.

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/20/florida-beef-cattle-short-course-may-9-11/

    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/

    Spring Field Day and Cattlemen’s Social – April 21

    The Holmes County Cattlemen’s Association and UF/IFAS Extension Holmes County are excited to present the Spring Field Day and Cattlemen’s Social on April 21, 2018. This event will be hosted at the Williams’ Farm hay barn near the Poplar Springs High School. The field day portion will run from 3 P.M. until 5:30 P.M.CST with the social …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/13/spring-field-day-and-cattlemens-social-april-21/

    Weaning Date Comparison for Fall Calving Cows

    Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist

    Producers with fall-calving herds have traditionally weaned the calves at 9 to 10 months of age.  When forage growth is limited due to drought, however, questions arise about the feasibility of weaning the calves at an earlier date.  The effect on the cow as well …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/13/weaning-date-comparison-for-fall-calving-cows/

    Friday Feature: Celestial Cow Art

    This week’s featured video was produced by Farmer Derek Klingenberg, of Peabody, Kansas, who has become famous for his humorous farm YouTube videos.  He has serenaded heifers with his trombone, made cow art with drone videos, but his latest stunt was to make some cow art that could be viewed from outer space.  Check out …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/13/friday-feature-celestial-cow-art/

    March Florida Cattle Market Price Watch

    The August 2018 Feeder Cattle futures contract decreased by $11.30/cwt. during March. Based on this futures price decrease, August Feeder Cattle revenues decreased by approximately $90.40/head ($11.30/cwt. * 8.0
    cwt.) on an 800-pound feeder steer, which amounts to $5,650.00/truckload (50,000 lbs.). The August Feeder Cattle futures contract high, contract low, and price …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/06/march-florida-cattle-market-price-watch/

    Highlights from the UF/IFAS Panhandle Bee College

    During Calhoun County Florida’s spring break, 160 beekeepers from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and as far away as Iowa, gathered at the Blountstown High School for the 25th Annual UF/IFAS Bee College!  Participants at this event learned from local, state, national, and international experts about the latest research and management tools for beekeeping.  This event had …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/phag/2018/04/06/highlights-from-the-uf-ifas-panhandle-bee-college/

    Friday Feature: Shenandoah Dairy Video Farm Tour

    This week’s featured video was produced by Florida Dairy Farmers.  The Florida Association of County Agricultural Agents (FACAA) toured Shenandoah Dairy, as part of their Mid-Year Meeting this week.  I was fortunate enough to see this amazing farming operation in person.  Through the following video, Ed Henderson, Shenandoah Dairy, Live Oak, FL provides a …

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    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/

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