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Perilla Mint: Dangerous to Livestock

perilla mint

AUBURN, Ala. – During droughts, livestock are tempted to eat anything green. While grasses dry up, some poisonous plants can survive the dry weather. Perilla mint is one of the most dangerous. Perilla mint is found throughout the South in pastures, fields and along roadsides. The leaves of perilla mint make the plant look  attractive. Leaves are egg shaped and purple ... Read More »

4-H Members Participate in Quail Release

AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama 4-H members from Elmore County partnered with the Alabama Covey Rise Chapter of Quail Forever recently to release more than 375 young bobwhite quail. Laurie Weldon, an Alabama Extension regional 4-H agent in Elmore and Autauga counties, said that a call of a quail started her involvement in this project. “It was just a normal day ... Read More »

Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Cooker

AUBURN, Ala. – With students headed back to school, families and college students are always looking for ways to cut down time on preparing meals. Many people are turning to their slow cookers for help. You can prepare the meals before you leave for work or school. When you get home you will have a meal all prepared. These recipes ... Read More »

Drought Conditions Make it Difficult for Horses

horse droughts

AUBURN, Ala. – Droughts can make things difficult for horses because of the high temperatures, limited water sources and scarce forages. Dr. Courteney Holland, an Alabama Extension animal science specialist, said that there are ways to help horses maintain good health despite severe weather. Scouting and Evaluating Pasture  If pastures have limited or a poor quality of forages, producers should ... Read More »

Tax Implications of Selling Cattle During Drought

cattle sale tax

AUBURN, Ala. – Cattle producers in north Alabama are facing drought conditions. In extreme cases of drought, producers may have to reduce their herd size to take the stress off their pasture. Selling such a large number of cattle at one time can raise concerns about the tax consequences from these sales. Producers are often looking for ways to postpone ... Read More »

Drought Conditions Worry Livestock Producers

nitrate toxicity cattle grazing weedy pasture

AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama is facing near drought conditions. Livestock producers are struggling with ways to ensure their animals get enough to eat and drink when grass is limited and the water table is low. Dr. Soren Rodning, the Alabama Extension veterinarian, said that there are certain things that producers should do under drought conditions. Meet Animals’ Water Needs While ... Read More »

Many Frogs and Toads Call Alabama Home

AUBURN, Ala. – Sitting on your porch listening to the sounds coming from your backyard can be a relaxing way to enjoy a summer evening. Among those sounds, you will more than likely hear the calls of frogs and toads. Dr. Jim Armstrong, an Alabama Extension wildlife specialist, said that many frog and toad species call Alabama home. “The climate ... Read More »

Deep South Stocker Conference Is August 4-5

AUBURN, Ala. – The University of Georgia is host for the eighth annual Deep South Stocker Conference Aug. 4 and 5,at the Carroll County Ag Center in Carrollton, Ga. The conference is targeting cattle producers in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. Dr. Kim Mullenix, an Alabama Extension beef specialist, said that even though the conference is in Georgia this year, she encourages Alabama producers to ... Read More »

Common Snapping Turtle

AUBURN, Ala. – The common snapping turtle found throughout Alabama and the Southeast, is one of the larger freshwater turtle species in North America. Snapping turtles’ shells can reach up to 18 inches in length and the turtles can weigh more than 40 pounds. Snapping turtles reach maturity at 10 to 13 years and can have a life span of more ... Read More »

Droughts: Cattle Producers Making Tough Decisions

AUBURN, Ala. – Drought forces cattle producers to make tough decisions. Without an adequate supply of feed and water and cost effective ways of supplying the herd, producers will need to reduce cattle numbers. Weaning calves is one way to reduce nutritional requirements of the herd. Dry cows require less nutritious feed than lactating cows. Dr. Lisa Kriese-Anderson, an Alabama ... Read More »