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Ringing in the New Year with Mud and Other Challenges

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by Dr. Kim Mullenix AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Rainy conditions have left much of Alabama in a mess over the last several weeks. When deep in the throes of hay feeding season, it seems like there might not be much relief in sight for navigating muddy pastures in order to feed cattle. Excess mud can increase energy requirements because of ... Read More »

Mullenix Honored by Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association

CLANTON, Ala. – The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA) recently named Dr. Kim Mullenix, an Alabama Extension beef cattle specialist as the 2016 Outstanding Extension Educator.  The Outstanding Extension Educator Award is presented to recognize and honor an exceptional Extension Educator and their support and implementation of beef cattle performance programs in Alabama. Mullenix, who is also an Auburn University ... Read More »

Drought Continues – Extension Launches Website

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AUBURN, Ala.— Despite several inches of rain, the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that Alabama is still experiencing a drought. More than 66 percent of the state is suffering under extreme or exceptional drought, the two most severe categories. With deficits ranging from 12 to 20 inches for the year, late November and early December rains did little to alleviate long-term ... Read More »

Alabama Extension and Auburn University Gear Up for Sunbelt Ag Expo

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AUBURN,Ala.—When the 39th Sunbelt Ag Expo gets underway October 18 in Moultrie, Georgia, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University’s College of Agriculture will be on hand. Alabama Extension professionals, Auburn faculty and students will showcase research, education and Extension efforts to improve Alabama’s economy and quality of life. College of Agriculture Dean Paul Patterson says that Auburn University has a ... Read More »

Not All Black Cattle are Angus

AUBURN, Ala. – Looks can be deceiving. Contrary to popular belief, all cattle with black hair are not pure Angus beef, and it has become increasingly difficult to tell the difference. The popularity of Angus beef has risen greatly in recent years due to a marketing push by the Certified Angus Beef brand. Buyers choose Angus beef because of its marbled appearance ... 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 »

Nitrate Toxicity: Problem across Dry South

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AUBURN, Ala.— Nitrate toxicity in cattle is a growing threat across southeastern states battling drought. An animal scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says drought is increasing the chance for livestock forages to develop elevated nitrate levels. Dr. Kim Mullenix says that nitrates can accumulate in forages when plants are stressed by low soil moisture, high temperatures or low humidity. ... 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 »

Alabama Extension Hosting Deep South Stocker Conference in August

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AUBURN, Alabama–Alabama will host the seventh annual Deep South Stocker Conference Aug. 6-7 in Montgomery, Alabama. The conference is targeting cattle producers in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. Dr. Kim Mullenix, who is part of Alabama Extension’s beef cattle team, said that producers need to develop some specific management techniques to run a successful stocker operation. “All three of these states ... Read More »

Grass and Forages: Backbone of Beef Cattle Nutrition

Beef — it’s what’s for dinner for many people.  For beef cattle, their primary diet for much of their lives is grass and other forages. This is why cattle farmers are also grass and forage farmers. Forages, including grasses, clovers and other legumes and small grains, are the nutitional foundation for beef cattle in Alabama. Generally mild weather conditions allow Alabama cattle ... Read More »