An 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
Friday, 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
“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
Registration is open for the AFVGA Conference & Trade Show!
Registration for Attendees, Exhibitors, Vendors & Speakers, please click the following link:
Join us November 15 & 16 at the Clanton Conference & Performing Arts Center, located at 850 Lay Dam Road, Clanton, AL 35045
- Registration for Attendees: Conference & Trade Show will be $85 per person, $65 for spouse/guest and includes a one-year membership to the AFVGA.
- Registration for Industry: Exhibitors & Vendors has been lowered to $300 per booth with two people attending and includes a one-year membership to the AFVGA. $40 for electricity, $65 for additional persons. Equipment display, and sale of products is allowed at the conference.
- Registration for Non-profit, Agencies & Universities: Trade Show cost has been lowered to $200 per booth with two people attending and includes a one-year membership to the AFVGA. ($40 for extra electricity), $65 for additional persons.
- Conference flash drive: $25 (contains presentations and videos that will be mailed after the conference).
Registration deadline is October 29, 2018
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Gary Gray, Regional Extension Agent, Commercial Horticulture
Central West Alabama and the Black Belt – Alabama Cooperative Extension System