Statistics are changing, no secret there. Our industry changes by the year, cattle prices go up and down, conservation programs come and go, breed trends change and let’s not get into the weather. One trend that isn’t usually highlighted ... READ MORE
Okeechobee livestock agent, Lauren Butler, Regional Dairy Agent, Colleen Larson, and Gary Ritter, the Assistant Director of Government and Community Affairs for Florida Farm Bureau hosted a team from the National Parks Conservation Association. ... READ MORE
When dairy cows are grouped by production level, dairy farmers and nutritionist can formulate a ration that meets their nutritional needs. At the 29th Annual Ruminant Nutrition Symposium, Dr. Victor Cabrera, University of Wisconsin-Madison, ... READ MORE
We know that nutrition during pregnancy is important for all animals. But dairy nutritionists are keenly aware of the importance of the diet during the transition from pregnant to lactating. Since production levels are high in many dairy herds, ... READ MORE
At the recent Ruminant Nutrition Symposium, dairy nutritionist and allied industry got an update on recommendations for trace minerals and vitamins for dairy cows. While nutritionist are still operating with information from the 2001 NRC (7th ... READ MORE
Q: Where do weaned calves go?
A: Florida ranchers are known as cow/calf producers. This means ranches are home to momma cows who produce a calf every year. When the momma has successfully raised a calf to a certain weight the rancher sends ... READ MORE
Can cows talk to farmers? Not exactly... But thanks to some new technology being used in the dairy industry cows are telling us quite a bit of information. Monitoring collars and ear tags are being used to improve management on dairy farms. ... READ MORE
Dairy producers are constantly striving to improve the quality of milk they produce. Higher quality milk can mean a price premium and longer shelf life for dairy products. Milk quality continues to improve because of advances in equipment, ... READ MORE
Hurricanes are always are threat to Florida each fall. Most Floridians have some experience with hurricanes, but very few of us are truly prepared for a direct hit by a really strong storm. Livestock producers have learned some hard lessons ... READ MORE
Who is the regulation agency: Food and Drug Administration
Who does this affect: Producers, Veterinarians, Feed Vendors and Show Exhibitors
What is it: The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) controls the use of medicated feeds.
How ... READ MORE