Management

Cattle Fencing BMP Can Reduce Phosphorus Loads from Florida Ranches

By : Sanjay Shukla, Wendy D. Graham, Alan Hodges, and James M. Knowles Introduction During the past several decades, the water quality of Lake Okeechobee (LO) and downstream water bodies have degraded because of high phosphorus (P) inputs. The excess P that has reached LO has likely been the result of hydrologic changes and shifts…

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The Environmental Disease Called Pinkeye

By : Russ Daly, DVM, DACVPM, Professor, SDSU Extension Veterinarian, State Public Health Veterinarian, SDSU Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences Department, Courtesy of iGrow.org   Have you ever thought about how some years get labeled “bad years” for a certain animal disease? There is still talk of how early 2018 was a “bad year” for calf…

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During Drought, consider baling corn silage

CASSVILLE, MO – Corn silage is a staple to dairy cattle rations, often comprising about half of the ration for confinement dairy cattle in Southwest Missouri. High quality silage is difficult to replace in the ration because it serves as both a forage to keep the rumen satisfied yet it also provides energy from the…

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Agricultural economists recommend ‘SPA’ for cattle producers

UVALDE – The Standardized Performance Analysis, or SPA, program is an indispensable tool for helping beef cattle producers determine the production and financial performance of their individual cow-calf enterprise, said the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists now in charge of the program. Dr. Rob Hogan and Bill Thompson, AgriLife Extension economists in Uvalde and…

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Healthy Grasslands Series: Estimating Livestock Consumption

By : Pete Bauman, SDSU Extension Range Field Specialist, SDSU Natural Resource Management Department, Courtesy of iGrow.org   When planning a grazing strategy, it is important to carefully assess goals and objectives and then match those goals and objectives with the appropriate livestock. It is critical that the manager understand that not all livestock are…

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