“Unless you Test, It’s Just a Guess!” Focus on Forage Testing

Forage quality is one of the most influential factors in livestock production.  Providing good quality, well managed forage can decrease reliance on stored feeds, decrease the need for added supplementation, and increase animal performance.  Whether for hay or grazing, the only way to determine the quality of your forage is by implementing a forage test! Forage […]

Alfalfa production in North Florida

Alfalfa production in USA

Alfalfa production in North Florida Jose Dubeux1 and Patricio Munoz2   1Assistant Professor, University of Florida – North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), Marianna, FL dubeux@ufl.edu 2Assistant Professor, University of Florida – Agronomy Department, Gainesville, FL p.munoz@ufl.edu   Alfalfa is considered the “Queen of Forages” because of its high nutritive value. Alfalfa also has […]

Calving Management; Lee VanVlake, Clemson University Extension Area Livestock Agent


Southeast cattle farmers and ranchers have begun a very busy and critical time of the year. Most producers have already begun calving season and some are considering improving management practices. Producers can make calving season more predictable, more profitable, and less stressful by implementing some key management practices.   Calving season should be included in […]

Five Keys to Winter Supplementation of the Cow Herd

  1) Know the nutrient requirements of your cow herd. Nutritional requirements increase significantly at the time of calving and it is important to adjust the feeding program accordingly to meet these requirements. Refer to ANR-0060 Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle for more information (www.alabamabeefsystems.com under the ‘Nutrition’ tab) on the daily dry matter, total […]

The Economics of Grazing Cool-Season Annual Forages

Producers throughout the Southeast feed hay and other stored feedstuffs during the fall, winter, and early spring due to limited forage availability and lower forage quality. Feeding during this time period could last for 90 to 180 days based on management programs and weather conditions. Regardless of why and how long we choose to feed […]