Livestock & Feed

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…

Alabama Extension Offers Drought Resources

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Conditions in Alabama are hot and dry. Strings of days with record-breaking heat have made September 2019 one of the hottest Septembers on record. The heat and drought are nothing new, though. While only .2 percent of the…

Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries works with ALDOT to Issue No-Cost Hay Hauler Permits

MONTGOMERY, Ala.- As a result of the extreme drought conditions in Alabama, state transportation and agriculture officials are working to issue special hay hauler permits. This no-cost process is a combined effort of the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries (ADAI)…

Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage Insurance

Brittney Goodrich, an Alabama Extension specialist and member of the farm and agribusiness management team, discusses  pasture, rangeland, and forage insurance (PRF). PRF is an insurance product offered nationwide by the USDA Risk Management Agency. This insures against low rainfall…

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…

By-Product Feeds for Alabama Beef Cattle

Feed costs represent the largest single cost item in most beef operations. In many economic analyses, feed costs represent more than 50 percent of the variation in profit or loss differences between herds. Many beef producers utilize by-product feeds on…

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…

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…