The Agricultural "Farm Bill" Act of 2014
How will farm bill changes affect Tennessee farms? The UT Institute of Agriculture is co-hosting four information meetings on the new programs in August. Those interested should pre-register by Aug. 8 online or at through their local county UT Extension Office.
August- Tips for Cow-Calf Management
Some parts of the state are experiencing some level of drought. This has impacted the beef industry for several years. Whatever the environment, cow-calf producer still has some tough challenges and management decisions to make this month.
Livestock Risk Protection Insurance
Beef producers have a limited number of tools to manage price risk associated with marketing cattle. The tools available include futures contracts, options, forward contracting and livestock risk protection insurance.
Bovine Trichomoniasis: Fact Sheet for Tennessee Producers
Identification of infected bulls is vital to prevent entry of Trich into breeding herds and control the spread of this reproductive disease. Testing must be done by accredited veterinarians that have been specially certified to collect samples for Trich testing.
Forage and Soil Testing
The importance of regularly testing your forages and soil is not stressed enough. Smart economical use of feedstocks and ferilizers will make a difference in your over-all management program. A little effort now can pay big dividends later on.
Taking a forage sample is important to do correctly. Results from a forage test are only "as good as" the sampling technique you use.
After the drought, many of the tall fescue pastures and hayfields across the state have thin stands. This creates a difficult situation. There may not be anything more difficult to deal with than a weak stand of grass.