Tag: Livestock

Screwworm life cycle and habits contribute to insect’s threat, UF experts say

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida residents curious or skeptical about the threat posed by the parasitic screwworm fly Cochliomiya hominivorax can rest assured the insect merits all the attention it has received after an outbreak was detected in the… Read More

Getting 4-Hers Ready for the Fair(s)

For Sarasota County 4-H members, this is a particularly exciting, bustling time of year, with the Florida State Fair opening February 4 and the Sarasota Agricultural Fair soon after, starting March 18. Now is the time to get… Read More

Protecting Pets and Livestock from Cold Weather

As temperatures begin to cool, protecting pets and livestock from chilly weather becomes a priority. Pets require protection from the cold, as fur, feathers and other outer skin coverings may not provide enough warmth. Younger or small animals face a greater… Read More

Protecting Livestock from Predators

Predators are animals that kill and eat other animals, or prey. Predation is a natural process, and the only animals not considered predators are ones that strictly feed on plants. The first step in protecting livestock from predators… Read More

Developing Agritainment

Local residents know that millions of visitors flock to Florida to visit its beaches, theme parks and other attractions each year. But many locals don’t know there are fun activities close to home. Agritainment is a variation of… Read More

Hurricane Prep for Ag Producers

Agricultural producers face unique challenges when preparing for and recovering from disasters. With that in mind, we have summarized relevant information from our Disaster Handbook for you. We also offer guidelines and safety tips for restoring damaged businesses… Read More