Category: Livestock

The Economic Impact of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle

Beef cattle feeding facilities at the NFREC Beef Unit in Marianna, Florida. Building, structures, stockades, feeding, cattle, beef production.

A well-run, profitable business is usually more efficient than its competitors. In the case of the beef cattle industry, competition can come from two sources: other producers who sell similar classes of cattle, and other protein-producing species, such… Read More

Eggcellent Adventures in Classroom Embryology

Figure 1. Children can learn the science of life through the 4-H Embryology Project. Credit: Marcus Boston, UF/IFAS

Eggcellent Adventures in Classroom Embryology is about learning through experience. In most cases, when a teacher signs up to teach chicken embryology in the classroom, the teacher sets up the incubator and the teacher and class wait for… Read More

Avian Diseases Transmissible to Humans

Chickens feeding in their coop. Photos from the Smathers Archives.

Anyone who keeps birds, whether as pets or as production animals, should be aware that certain avian diseases can be transmitted to humans. The seriousness of the disease in humans varies with human hosts’ age, overall health, and… Read More

Creeping Indigo, A Poisonous Plant of Concern in Florida Pastures

Flowers of creeping indigo arise from the base of the leaves and are pink to salmon in color.

A recent rise in suspected horse poisonings has brought new attention to creeping indigo (Indigofera spicata), a toxic plant which has reportedly been in Florida for as long as 90 years. This new 5-page fact sheet covers plant… Read More

Can Calcium Propionate Help Maintain Calcium Concentrations and Prevent Metritis in Dairy Cows with Dystocia?

04390S cows at sunrise - agriculture

Studies have suggested that giving dairy cows supplemental calcium may reduce the incidence of metritis. This study tested this hypothesis with cows at the UF Dairy Unit and found that calcium supplements actually did not benefit postpartum health… Read More