Livestock & Feed

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…

Nitrate Poisoning of Cattle in Alabama

Nitrate poisoning in cattle is caused by the consumption of feed or water containing high levels of nitrate nitrogen. Under most circumstances, forage crops do not contain levels of nitrates high enough to be toxic. When this does occur, however,…

Prussic Acid Poisoning of Livestock

Prussic acid poisoning, also known as cyanide poisoning, is a metabolic condition in livestock that can periodically occur in operations. Forages such as Johnsongrass, sorghum, sudangrass, and sorghum-sudangrass hybrids can contain toxic concentrations of hydrocyanic acid (HCN) after a frost…

Drought Preparedness for Horse Owners

Drought poses healthcare and management challenges for horse owners and managers. ¬†Conditions such as high temperatures, limited water and scarce forages create a harsh environment for horses to thrive in. Fortunately, there are ways to help horses maintain good health…

Preventing Ruminal Acidosis When Using Supplemental Feeds for Beef Cattle

Ruminal acidosis is a digestive disorder characterized by low rumen pH (more acidic than normal). Cattle are at greatest risk for acidosis when consuming feed that is high in rapidly fermentable carbohydrates, particularly when they have not had adequate time…

Low Prices and Drought

The cattle industry in Alabama has faced some challenging periods since the record high prices a few years ago. The prices experienced from 2014 until 2016 seem like a distant memory, and the prospect of prices improving significantly in the…