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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 4-H Fall Round-Up Contest

The Bibb County 4-H Fall Round-Up Contest held Tuesday, November 13 at the Brent Senior Center gave Bibb County 4-Hers the chance to compete in numerous categories such as Photography, Chicken-Cue, Blocks Rock!, Baking, Freestyle and other categories.  Youth contestants and winners shown here, L-R holding certificates, are: Chloe Chandler-Freestyle (colored pencil drawing); Ivy Weigandt-Baking; Gavin Weigandt-Blocks Rock!; and Peyton Albert-Baking.  All four (4) youth have the opportunity as 1st or 2nd place finishers to compete in the 4-H Regional Round-Up for central Alabama in Spring 2019.   We are extremely thankful for the contest judges, L-R behind the youth contestants: Megan Johnson-Bibb County Master Gardener; Charlotte Dodson-Bibb County Master Gardener; and Kalee Vernon-Bibb County 4-H Volunteer.  Not shown is contest judge and Bibb County Extension Coordinator Matt Hartzell.  Bibb County 4-H Foundation Agent Simon Carbone (back right) was the Round-Up organizer and facilitator.  The Bibb County Extension Office thanks the City of Brent and Senior Center Director Wanda Holder for hosting monthly Bibb County 4-H meetings at the Center—usually on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6pm.

2018 Forestry Awareness Week Now (F.A.W.N.)

Bibb County Forestry Awareness Week Now (FAWN) 2018 Program for Bibb County Schools

FAWN 2018 was a natural resources education program held in mid-October for 534 5th and 6th graders at West Blocton Middle School, Centreville Middle School, and Randolph Elementary School. The purpose of FAWN is to provide engaging natural resources education to youth through interactive presentations by forestry, wildlife, environmental and other related professionals, with an emphasis on conservation, forest stewardship, outdoor recreation and careers in natural resources.

West Blocton Middle School 

Centreville Middle Schoole 

Randolph Elementary