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Cold Weather Considerations for Cattlemen

Test your hayAn animal’s energy requirement increases in cold weather and this often means supplemental energy is needed in the diet. Providing additional hay to cattle during cold weather is certainly a good practice. Research suggests that cattle will increase forage intake by as much as 30% under cold conditions. This increase in intake means that the animal is using most of this energy for one thing… increased maintenance requirements. Cattle with a full rumen generate heat and energy that can help the animal achieve a more desirable body temperature. However, remember that forage quality is key every time! Depending on the quality of the forage and the magnitude of the cold, hay alone may or may not meet this increase in animal energy requirements. The best strategy for helping the cow meet her energy needs is to make sure that moderate to good quality hay (> 52% TDN) is available free-choice and provide a 20 to 30% increase in any energy supplement being fed during cold, wet weather to help overcome losses. Even with increased forage consumption during cold weather, it is likely that feeding low quality forage (< 52% TDN) alone will not meet the higher energy requirements of the animal. As cattle consume more low quality forage, the risk for compaction of the digestive tract increases, and can lead to serious health issues. If low quality hay is the only source available, it is important to provide a fiber-based energy supplement to help address nutrient deficiencies (i.e. soyhulls, corn gluten feed, whole cottonseed). Consider feeding cattle in the late afternoon or early evening. Increased heat production by the animal occurs 4 to 6 hours after forage and feed is consumed. Therefore, providing feed before temperatures reach their lowest point for the day can help combat some loss from the cold as well. Keep in mind the only way to know the quality is to TEST YOUR HAY!

Upcoming Animal Science and Forages Programs for Central Alabama

February 1- 7:00 am Beef Breakfast at the Montgomery County Extension Office

February 1- 11:30 am 2019 Cattle and Timber Outlook at the Sawmeal Restaurant in Brent, AL        For More Information Click Here

March 2 – 9:00 am Starting From The Ground Up: Know Your Soil Central Alabama! at the Chilton Research and Extension Center in Clanton

For more information and registration regarding any of these upcoming programs contact your local county extension office or Josh Elmore, Regional Extension Agent Animal Science and Forages. 205-646-3610 or 334-850-7859



2019 Cattle and Timber Outlook

Cattle and TimberFriday, February 1  11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Sawmeal Restaurant, 6880 AL Hwy 5, Brent

Join Alabama Extension for an upcoming seminar featuring 2019 Cattle and Timber Outlook presented by the Farm and Agribusiness Team. This is a great opportunity for producers, landowners and agribusinesses to
get updates on the current market situation in Alabama agriculture and future market expectations for two of our major commodities.

For More Information click HERE


February is Heart Month

February Heart Month

Where did January go and all those New Year’s resolutions? You were going to stop smoking and start exercising and eating better, but then life happened and those resolutions went out the door.  Just remember, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life,” and try again. Your heart will appreciate it.  February is Heart Health Month. Click here are some suggestions to improve your heart health.


Auxin Herbicide Best Management Practices Training Course

Roach, pesticide“EPA Announces Changes To Dicamba Registration

Tuesday, February 19, 2019   –   1:30 P.M.

Black Belt Research and Extension Center in Marion Junction, AL

The training is required annually by the EPA and ADAI.  If you plan to do the spraying, you must attend the training. If you have an employee who will be doing the spraying, that employee must attend. ** Only certified applicators may apply dicamba over the top (those working under the supervision of a certified applicator may no longer make applications) **

The following link has additional information and a 2019 update on training locations: http://www.aces.edu/anr/pesticidemgt/AuxinHerbicideTrainings.php

Spring County 4-H Roundup

Competitive Event 4-HDon’t miss your time to Shine!

Sign-up for the upcoming Spring County 4-H Roundup – Youth ages 9-18

Tuesday, April 9, 2019  6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

Brent Senior Center/Storm Shelter next to Wendy’s in Brent

For More Information, Contests Categories & Entry Form click HERE

Rules & Guidelines for Each Category Click HERE 

Have Questions Contact Simon Carbone, 4-H Agent

205-340-1159      205-926-4310        sjc0032@aces.edu

Check out ACES website!


Bibb County Community News

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Bibb County Chamber Coffee

February’s Chamber Coffee will Thursday, February 7 @ 9:00am

Location will be announced when available.

Valerie Cook – Bibb County, AL. Chamber of Commerce, Director


Bibb Medical Center

This is your time to see if you can find lower premiums and extra benefits.

Look at your Medicare Health plan choices for 2019.

Call for more information 205-926-3288 or email maverette@bibbmedicalcenter.com

More information contact:   Jami Carlee  (205) 926-3292


HOPE in Bibb County Food Banks

H.O.P.E. in Bibb County is also featured now on the Cahaba Medical Care website.

Please click January’s Calendar for dates & times

Lillie Star Church

Thursdays – 205-535-0421

Cahaba Medical Care Community Center

195 Hospital Drive, Centreville

Agape Food Pantry/New Beginning Bibb

205-361-7351  kmcmillan@cchs.ua.edu

First Baptist Church Pantry

1239 Main Street, West Blocton

True Vine Thrift Store

2293 Main Street, Brent   205-828-2152

Brent Baptist Church Caring Center

205-926-7687  *By appointment only  *Need a valid photo ID

CSP – need to Pre-register

Call Charron Davis  205-926-9384

First Baptist Church of Woodstock

Highway 5 & Coldwater Road, Woodstock

Soup Kitchen

1728 Main Street, Brent    205-876-6931