Managing Weeds During Drought

AUBURN, Ala. – Persistent drought conditions continue to make life hard for the state’s livestock producers. Many producers’ pastures and hayfields are stressed, giving weeds an opportunity to take over. When forages are not available, livestock are tempted to eat…

Preventing Problems When Offering Supplemental Feeds

AUBURN, Alabama—Producers are offering supplemental feeds to their cattle because of reduced grazing options and continuing dry conditions across much of Alabama.  Dr. Soren Rodning, a veterinarian with Alabama Extension, said livestock may be at risk for a condition called…

Late Season Drought Impacts Winter Forage Production

The late-season drought that seized much of Alabama’s crop and pastureland late in 2016 continues to cause livestock producers problem in the new year.  Learn more about how the drought has impacted winter forage production here on ExtensionDaily.com.

Alternative Feeding Strategies

AUBURN, Ala.–When dealing with dry periods, it is important to design a feeding program that fully utilizes local feed resources. Consider the following tips when feeding cattle through periods of drought: Analyze forages and feed resources to determine nutritional value.…

Perilla Mint: Dangerous to Livestock

AUBURN, Ala. – During droughts, livestock are tempted to eat anything green. While grasses dry up, some poisonous plants can survive the dry weather. Perilla mint is one of the most dangerous. Perilla mint is found throughout the South in…

Nitrate Toxicity: Problem across Dry South

AUBURN, Ala.— Nitrate toxicity in cattle is a growing threat across southeastern states battling drought. An animal scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says drought is increasing the chance for livestock forages to develop elevated nitrate levels. Dr. Kim…

Tax Implications of Selling Cattle during Drought

AUBURN, Ala.–Cattle producers in Alabama are facing drought conditions. In extreme cases of drought, producers may have to reduce their herd size to take the stress off their pasture. Selling such a large number of cattle at one time can…

Drought Conditions Affecting Goat Producers

AUBURN, Ala. – Most goat producers rely on pastures as a primary food resource for their herds. Because of ongoing drought conditions, forage has become limited. That means producers must find ways to overcome these challenges. Robert Spencer, an Alabama…

Alabama Extension Encourages Farmers to Pursue Drought Assistance Options

AUBURN, Ala.–All Alabama counties have been designated as disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of ongoing drought conditions.  To help producers battle the threats, the U.S.D.A. offers farmers several drought assistance programs through the Farm Service Agency (FSA).…

Strategies to Help Livestock Producers Battle Drought

AUBURN, Ala.–Alabama is suffering the worst drought conditions the state has seen since 2006. Some areas need as much as 15 inches to break the drought. Livestock producers are facing tough decisions about how to manage their herds. Not only…