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

The Economic Impact of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle


January 6, 2016

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, ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Livestock, Money Matters
Tags: Animal Sciences Department, Beef Cattle, Darren D. Henry, Economic Impact, Feed Efficiency, Feed To Gain Ratio, G. Cliff Lamb, Major Revision, North Florida Research And Education Center, Residual Feed Intake, Travis D. Maddock
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


October 28, 2015

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 the ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Curriculum, Livestock
Tags: 4-H Poultry & Embryology, 4-H Youth Development, Ag-STEM, Judy Levings, K-12 Education, Shaina Spann, Teaching
Chickens feeding in their coop. Photos from the Smathers Archives.

Avian Diseases Transmissible to Humans


October 19, 2015

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 immune status ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Food Safety, Health & Nutrition, Livestock, Pests & Disease
Tags: Animal Sciences Department, Avian Diseases, Chickens, F. Ben Mather, Gary D. Butcher, Hygiene, Livestock, Major Revision, Michael A. Davis, Safety, Zoonoses
Flowers of creeping indigo arise from the base of the leaves and are pink to salmon in color.

Creeping Indigo, A Poisonous Plant of Concern in Florida Pastures


October 19, 2015

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 description, signs ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Livestock
Tags: Agronomy Department, Amanda House, Brent A. Sellers, Creeping Indigo, Edward W. Jennings, Florida Pastures, Horse Poisonings, Indigofera Spicata, Jason Ferrell, Poisonous Plant, Robert MacKay
04390S cows at sunrise - agriculture

How to Perform a Fetotomy in Cattle: An Illustrated Guide


September 18, 2015

To perform a fetotomy means to dissect (to cut apart) a dead fetus in utero. Fetotomy is applicable particularly to cows because of the size of the uterus and the opportunity to introduce instruments to the full depth of the fetus. Fetotomy ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Livestock
Tags: Carlos Risco, College Of Veterinary Medicine, Klibs N. Galvao, Myriam Jimenez, Veterinary Medicine: Dairy
04390S cows at sunrise - agriculture

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


July 2, 2015

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 ... READ MORE

Category: Livestock
Tags: Carlos Risco, Department Of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Klibs N. Galvao, Mauricio Benzaquen, Uterine Disease (Dairy)

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