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Protect Pastures from Fire Ants

AUBURN, Ala.—From the field to the pasture, fire ants cause issues for producers on many levels. Surprisingly, the biggest issue they cause is damage to equipment. This not only cost farmers time but there is also the cost of the labor and repair. Dr. Fudd Graham, an Alabama Extension entomologist, said the first step to treatment is determining the level ... Read More »

How to Deal With Varmints that Invade Your Home

AUBURN, Alabama—Have you ever had a varmint get in the attic or basement or garage areas of your home? If so, you know the whole house can become a war zone. Varmints can chew on or destroy wood, siding, wiring, ventilation areas and screens. What is a varmint? A varmint is an undesirable troublesome wild animal. Personal opinion comes into play when decided which animals are ... Read More »

Extension Offers Statewide Health Management Workshops for Sheep and Goats

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NORMAL, Alabama—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs team will offer a series of sheep and goat health management workshops throughout the state from March to May. The workshop is designed to expand consumer and producer knowledge about raising healthy sheep and goats. Topics will include tagging animals, identifying injection sites, hoof health management, the FAMACHA ... Read More »

Triple E Virus Deadly to Horses and Humans

AUBURN, Ala. – Summer brings a heightened risk of mosquito borne illnesses. Eastern equine encephalitis is one of the most deadly. Known as EEE or sleeping sickness and commonly associated with horses, only a few human cases are reported in the United States annually.  But according to the Centers for Disease Control, EEE ranks as one of the most severe ... Read More »

Beef Cattle Management: Early Weaning

AUBURN, Ala.—Early weaning is a technique beef cattle producers do not often use on cattle operations. However, droughty conditions may necessitate the implementation of non-traditional practices to continue normal and productive operations. “In some areas of Alabama that were hard hit by drought last year, forages are not growing well,” Dr. Lisa Kriese-Anderson, an Alabama Extension animal scientist, said. “Producers ... Read More »

Heartworm Disease: A Hidden Killer

AUBURN, Alabama — Many household pets in the United Stated suffer from a serious and potentially fatal disease, especially in the southeast. Heartworm disease affects mainly dogs and cats. Mature heartworms can damage an animal’s heart, lungs and arteries. “Once heartworms get into a dog, cat or ferret, the larvae can mature into adults, which affect the heart, lungs and ... Read More »

Late-Season Drought Causes New Year Issues for Producers

AUBURN, Ala.—The late-season drought that seized much of Alabama’s crop and pastureland late in 2016 is causing issues for producers in the new year. Though substantial amounts of rain have fallen since nearly 100 percent of the state was battling extreme drought, more than 70 percent of the state is still fighting drought conditions. Winter annual grasses took a heavy ... Read More »

Extension Specialists Encouraging Farmers to Sign Up for Assistance Programs

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama Cooperative Extension professionals are encouraging livestock producers to sign up for the Farm Service Agency’s Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP). Ken Kelley, a farm and agribusiness management agent, is encouraging producers to sign up for assistance through local FSA offices. “More than half of the state is eligible for assistance from the FSA,” Kelley said. “With widespread drought, ... Read More »

Screwworm Outbreak in Florida, Alabama Producers Urged to Keep Watch

AUBURN, Ala.—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed three New World screwworm cases in Florida last week. Three Wild Key Deer on a wildlife refuge in Big Pine Key, Florida are the first locally confirmed cases of New World screwworms in more than three decades. In 2007 and 2010, dogs from Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela were ... Read More »

Drought Conditions Affecting Goat Producers

AUBURN, Ala. – Most goat producers rely on pastures as a primary food resource for their herds. Because of ongoing drought conditions, forage has become limited. That means producers must find ways to overcome these challenges. Depending upon the available resources, every situation will vary. Browse Goats are best suited to eat browse (tree leaves, shrubs, vines and bramble). If ... Read More »