Maggie Lawrence
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Managing Weeds Crucial During a Drought

Recent drought conditions have made herd care difficult for Alabama livestock producers. As conditions worsen and desirable vegetation declines, established weeds are often the last plants standing. Weed management is crucial during a drought. Managing Weeds During Drought Once weeds…

Dealing with Shoreline Growth

Although it is not an issue during the time of drought, terrestrial plant growth on the newly exposed shoreline sediments of a pond during the time of drought will impact management once rains return. Some species more adapted to aquatic…

Drought May Cause Leaf Drop on Trees and Shrubs

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – More than 80 percent of Alabama is suffering some level of drought. Homeowners are wondering how these conditions are affecting their trees and shrubs.  Kerry Smith, with Alabama Extension’s Home Grounds team, said that although trees…

Calculating the Energy Requirements of Brood Cows in Cold Weather

How much do the energy requirements of cows increase during the cold weather? This depends on the magnitude of the cold, and if it occurs under dry or wet conditions. See the calculations below. Under cold, dry conditions:  Lower critical temperature…

Keeping It Clean: Livestock Water Tank Maintenance

The quantity and quality of water required by livestock are important considerations for the overall maintenance of herd health and productivity. If water is suspected of causing a health problem, seek veterinary assistance to determine a diagnosis. Water Quantity and…

Tax Consequences Related to Drought Related Sales of Livestock

Parts of Alabama are experiencing moderate to severe drought issues (according to the US Drought Monitor). Six primary counties and 15 contiguous counties were declared secretarial disasters as of September 25, 2019.  Producers are often able to mitigate the effects of…

Irrigation Wells During a Drought Period

What is over-pumping and groundwater depletion? Over-pumping occurs when irrigation water is extracted faster than it produces. This may be the case when the pump runs longer than usual or when you install a more powerful pump to meet an…

Alternative Feeding Strategies for Beef Cattle During Drought

Dry climatic conditions that persist into the summer and early fall may limit grazed and stored forage availability in beef operations. When dealing with dry periods, it is important to design a feeding program that fully utilizes local feed resources.…

Feeding Broiler Litter to Beef Cattle

Cattle and other ruminants have a unique digestive system that allows them to use waste and other types of by-products as sources of dietary nutrients. The cattle- feeding industry has been built largely on the use of by-products and other…

Protein Supplementation: Natural vs. Non-Protein Nitrogen Sources

Protein is an important nutrient in beef cattle diets. Young, rapidly growing animals and high-performing lactating animals often require protein supplementation. Because of the high cost of protein supplementation, optimizing the use of protein in the ration is needed. This…