Archive for the ‘Livestock’ Category
Posted by romeethredge on April 27, 2013
Posted by romeethredge on April 12, 2013
Poultry Judgers went to Tifton this week to compete in Poultry and egg competitions. These 4-H’ers represented Seminole County well at the contest by placing 3rd with Seniors (High School) in the regional contest that usually ends up sending the state winner to nationals. Our Junior (Middle school) team did well, too with a 5th place finish. They judged live birds(layers)and told judges why they placed them the way they did (reasons) in the order of which layers have laid the most eggs. They judged the interior quality of eggs by candling them. Exterior egg quality, Broken-out egg quality and ready to cook broiler quality. They had a written test and a Parts identification section as well.
We also heard from the UGA Poultry Science Department about careers in poultry science. We grow lots of chickens in Georgia and we grow lots of corn and soybeans to feed them.
Posted by romeethredge on April 1, 2013
ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION SCHOOL
THREE DAYS OF CLASS ROOM AND HANDS-ON BREEDING FOCUSING ON THE
MOST UP-TO-DATE CATTLE ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION METHODS
AT THE CALHOUN STOCKYARDS IN CALHOUN, GEORGIA
Dates: May 20 – 22, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Classroom Work: Calhoun, Georgia, Stockyards Indoor Sale Arena
Cow Practice: Calhoun Stockyards holding pens
The ABS Global AI Management School offers students the opportunity to learn AI techniques and herd management under skilled supervision. The curriculum includes Anatomy and Reproduction; Reproduction and Fertility; Heat Detection; Nutrition; Principles of Genetics and Sire Selection; Herd Management Success; Proper Semen Placement; and Insemination Practice. Also, Synchronization of Beef Cattle and Planned Breeding of Dairy Heifers will be introduced. This is a comprehensive course consisting of 24 hours of instruction: 14 hours in the classroom and 10 hours in lab working with cattle.
REGISTRATION FEE: $350 for Adults and $300 for College and High School Students. This covers the cost of supplies and practice cows used at the school. This program is limited to 15 students in order to insure as much one-to-one help during practice as possible. Therefore, registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. We offer a discount on the 2nd or 3rd attendee from the same family or farm operation.
Complete this form and return it with a check for the appropriate amount payable to:
Allen Southard (678) 617-2945 Chris Franklin (706) 263-2008; firstname.lastname@example.org
5040 Hwy. 52
Gillsville, GA 30543
Special note: Due to current cattle prices and limited availability of cows, we must have all forms and fees by May 10, 2013.
PLEASE ENROLL ME FOR THE AI MANAGEMENT SCHOOL
Calhoun GA * May 20 – 22, 2013
CITY STATE ZIP
For those younger than 21 as of May 20, 2013:
AGE DATE OF BIRTH
Additional Note – You will need a change of clothes and a pair of rubber boots for the cow practice sessions. In addition, please bring a note pad and pencil for lecture sessions.
All forms and fees due by May 10, 2013.
5040 Hwy. 52
Gillsville, GA 30543
Posted by romeethredge on October 23, 2012
There’s a problem right now with caterpillars, mostly Fall Armyworms (FAW), eating up winter grazing. I was out in a field of rye yesterday that was planted after peanut harvest and the caterpillars were eating away. It was mostly in patches, but you could find them easily over the field. It’s amazing how fast they can do a lot of damage to a field of small grains. They were chewing on leaves and in many cases the plants were cut off at just above the ground level. I just got a report from County Agent Tim Moore in Miller county reporting problems there as well. Contact us for control information, if needed.
The grower had the sprayer in the field before dark, because, as he said, “I’m not making any money on getting the caterpillars fat instead of my cattle.”
Posted by romeethredge on March 16, 2012
A terrible weed, Stinging Nettle is coming out strong right now so beware. It has put some folks in the hospital over the years. It feels like stinging fire on you and the sensation stays a while. It’s a low growing herbaceous , tender weed. This is a photo of some that was brought in to me today for identification. Unfortunately I know it well as I have samples brought in every year where someone has experienced the pain from touching it and they want to know what it is and how to get rid of it. Usually repeated applications of glyphosate will do the job.
The tiny hairs on the plant have the chemical in them that causes the stinging.
The official name is SOUTHERN STINGING NETTLE (Urtica chamaedryoides)
Here’s some information from Fla Dept. of Ag concerning this weed.
“The urticating hair or trichome has a bulbous and very fragile tip which breaks off at an angle and results in a perfect
tool for piercing skin. Basically, the shaft of the hair resembles a glass tube due to the deposition of silica in the cell
wall during formation. When the urticating hair tip is broken, it has the action of a hypodermic needle
and injects the urticating substances which cause the intense pain and result in irritated skin rashes.”
Posted by romeethredge on February 11, 2012
2012 TIFTON BEEF CATTLE SHORT COURSE
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Tifton Bull Evaluation Center
PROGRAM Presiding: Lawton Stewart
9:00 AM Registration
9:30 Welcome …………………….. Joe West
9:45 Byproduct Feeding: Research Update …. Lawton Stewart
10:15 Economics of Selecting Replacement Heifers …. Curt Lacy
11:00 Beef: What Are We Facing As an Industry? .. Josh White
11:30 Recent Advances in Estrous Synchronization and Artificial Insemination ……… Cliff Lamb
Presiding: Ronnie Silcox
1:00 PM Battling Weeds: New Herbicides for Pastures …………….. Tim Murphy
1:30 Advances in Genetic Evaluation Tools for Selecting Breeding Stock ….Ronnie Silcox
2:10 Understanding Respiratory Disease and the Need for Vaccination …….. Lee Jones
The location is 12.5 miles east of I-75 (exit 78) and 1.5 miles west of Irwinville on Georgia Highway 32.
MAKE PLANS TO STAY OVER FOR THE TIFTON PERFORMANCE TESTED BULL SALE ON MARCH 7.
Registration Fee: $10.00
Make checks payable to: GCA/UGA Short Course Mail to: Patsie Cannon, 2360 Rainwater Road, Tifton, GA 31793-5766
Posted by romeethredge on January 30, 2012