Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Wednesday deadline to register for Nashville field day

By Katie Nichols, Auburn University

Alabama Extension’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Program at Alabama A&M University and the Department of Agricultural Sciences at Tennessee State University are partnering to present “Goat Production: The Basics” during the 10th Annual Small Ruminant Field Day at the TSU Research Farm,  1717 Ed. Temple Boulevard, Nashville TN 37209. 
Dr. Maria Leite- Browning, an Extension animal science and forages specialist said, “This program has been held nearly every year over the last decade in Alabama or Tennessee to assist prospective, new and experienced producers alike. Various topics concerning nutrition, health, genetics, reproduction, economics and other aspects of small ruminant management are covered during these conferences.”
The Basics 2016 will include collaborative ongoing integrated research and Extension professionals at TSU and AAMU aimed at helping landowners to enter or enhance sustainable meat goat production. This year’s conference will include an introduction to the TSU small-scale beef cattle research effort.
Topics presented during the conference will include forage management, grazing systems and soil testing; grading systems for market stock and breeding stock; internal parasite fecal egg counts; artificial insemination of goats, live animal health demonstrations: general health assessments, injection sites/quality assurance, FAMACHA internal parasite system, hoof disease and trimming; and managing and marketing small-scale beef cattle.
Activities begin on Friday, July 1, with a reception at 6p.m. at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel. The conference continues on Saturday, July 2, at the TSU Meat Goat Farm.
The deadline to register for the 10th Annual Small Ruminant Conference is June 15. There is no cost to attend, however pre-registration is required. Scholarships are also available at a first-come, first-served basis to 80 participants. Scholarships include registration, meals and lodging.
To pre-register contact Maria Leite-Browning at MLL0002@aces.edu or 256-372-4954; Eddie Wheeler, 256-264-5539 or at  wheelered@aces.edu; Tommie Teacher, 334- 624-8710 or Teachto@aces.edu; Anthony Prayer at  pap0009@aces.edu;

Dr. Richard Browning Jr., 615- 963- 5837  or rbrowning@tnstate.edu.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Goat Rancher Sire Edition coming in June

This is the cover of the 2015 Herdsire Issue.
If you want national exposure for your sire, here it is!

The June 2016 issue of Goat Rancher will feature special articles targeting buck health, management and promotion — plus advertising opportunities for well-known and up-and-coming herdsires — including Boer, Kiko, Savanna, Myotonic, Spanish and more.

In addition to being mailed to our thousands of subscribers, the Goat Rancher Sire Edition will be available at the American Boer Goat Association National Show and other goat events around the nation, the Labor Day Weekend sales and at newsstands at most Tractor Supply Co. stores.

Goat Rancher is offering an early-bird discount. Book your half-page or larger color ad by 5 p.m. May 2 and get a 5% discount. CALL US THIS WEEK!

Submit your print-ready ad* by 5 p.m. May 9 and get an extra 5% off.
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To book your ad or for more information, call 662-562-9529 or e-mail goatrancher@hughes.net.

Friday, April 1, 2016

LSU Small Ruminant Field Day April 30

You are invited to attend the Small Ruminant Field Day on Saturday, April 30, at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine on Skip Bertman Drive, Baton Rouge, La.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the program starting at 8:30 a.m. with fee of $5 per person or $10 for a family of 3 or less that includes lunch and handout materials.

Kentwood Co-op, Kentwood, La., is the major sponsor of the field day hosted by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, LSU Ag Center, and Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

8:45 am Forage management, nutrition, and health synergies
9:45 am Feeding with distiller grains
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Infectious and parasitic diseases
11:00 am Reproduction performance
11:30 am Drug use and off-label issues
12:00 pm Working lunch   FAMACHA® certification for interested producers 
    ($10 additional fee to cover card cost)
  1:00 pm Herd management cycle 
  1:30 pm Southern University agricultural research and extension update 
  2:00 – 3:30 pm Demonstrations and hands-on management practices, TigerStadium.
            • FAMACHA® certification practice
• Fecal collection, blood collection, injections  
• Banding, docking, castration, body condition scoring

For more information, contact Jim Miller, 225-578-9652, jmille1@lsu.edu or Ken McMillin, 225-578-3438, kmcmillin@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Arkansas Extension feral hog workshop April 12

Keith Gresham, Dallas County extension agriculture agent, welds a sturdy fence and gate for display at the April 5 feral hog workshop in Fordyce/ The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will also demonstrate a cellular-activated gate. “Feral hogs have become an issue for forest owners in the area,” Gresham said.

By Dave Edmark, U of A System Division of Agriculture
479-575-6940 / dedmark@uark.edu

FORDYCE, Ark. – Farmers and landowners need to use their wits when trying to control feral hogs because the animals are certainly using theirs. Feral hogs are among nature’s smarter animals and will use their brains to stay a step ahead of potential captors.

To show some ways around the animals’ savvy ways, a feral hog control workshop is set for 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 12 at the Fordyce Civic Center sponsored by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Registration is free by calling your local county Extension office or signing up by April 5 at http://www.uaex.edu/feralhogs. Workshops and field days elsewhere in the state will be scheduled later and announced on the web page.

“Feral hogs are popular for sport hunting, but their expanding range and increased numbers are destroying native wildlife habitat, polluting streams and damaging pastures and crops,” said Becky McPeake, extension wildlife specialist for the Division of Agriculture. 

The workshop will cover strategies such as corral trapping, in which multiple hogs are captured at once. McPeake recommends against single trapping or shooting one or two feral hogs because those methods do little to control their numbers and warns other hogs in the area to avoid humans. 

“Hunting with dogs is sometimes used to catch stragglers, but isn’t the way to go if you want to trap many hogs at once,” McPeake said.

“Using single trapping results in trap-shy hogs reproducing and problems returning,” McPeake said. “Snaring can also be used to supplement corral trapping. Snares can be placed around corral fences and along trails.”

The workshop will also discuss strategies to place traps where the hogs are present by using trail or game cameras that reveal how many hogs are in a group and their size.

“Hogs can easily become educated if they are not caught the first time,” McPeake said. “They have to be trained to enter the trap or you may never catch them.”

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Ag industry failing to attract next generation

Land O'Lakes, Inc. survey shows only three percent of college grads have or would consider a career in agriculture

MINNEAPOLIS, March 15, 2016 — The world's demand for food will surge by 2050, with a projected 10 billion people requiring a 70 percent increase in food production. The question is, who will lead the way to find solutions for this demand and ensure the world's people will be fed?

Today, on National Agriculture Day, the stark shortage of agricultural talent as well as lingering misperceptions about Ag careers are of pressing concern to agricultural groups, universities and agriculture and food companies.

A recent nationally representative survey conducted by ORC International on behalf of Land O'Lakes, Inc. shows there's a startling lack of young people planning to work in the agriculture industry. In fact, only 3 percent of college grads and 9 percent of Millennials surveyed have or would consider an Ag career. When compared to other industries, respondents were least likely to indicate that they have or would consider a career in agriculture (6 percent), with healthcare and technology at the highest career interest (each at 21 percent); followed by education (20 percent); marketing and sales; finance; and manufacturing and engineering (all at 12 percent).

USDA job reports underscore these findings: more than 20,000 agriculture jobs go unfilled each year. Despite this fact, the majority of survey respondents – 54 percent – think it is difficult or very difficult for recent college graduates to get a job in agriculture.

"We will need to produce more food in the next 40 or 50 years than in the previous 500 years combined," said Lydia Botham, executive director, Land O'Lakes Foundation. "Our priorities are clear – we must focus on attracting the next generation of Ag workers to the highly skilled, well-paid career opportunities. Failing to do so may lead to severe consequences."

According to the survey, 76 percent of respondents do not think or are not sure if a career in Ag pays well. This misperception is prevalent across geographies (85 percent in the Northeast, 82 percent in the West and 71 percent in the Midwest and South). However, 35 percent of Millennials – significantly more than any other generation – think Ag careers do pay well, (compared with 21 percent of Generation X and 17 percent of Baby Boomers), which may be a promising sign of attracting college students to the field.

"People still think you have to wear boots and overalls to work in Ag," said Botham. "But modern agriculture has evolved to become one of the most vital and technologically advanced fields there is today. And the career choices are as dynamic as the industry itself – from seed geneticists and soil conservationists to supply chain analysts and economists."

To attract new college graduates, Land O'Lakes, Inc. created the Global Food Challenge – Emerging Leaders for Food Security™ program to engage future leaders in the challenges and opportunities facing agriculture. The yearlong fellowship program provides selected college students the opportunity to learn more about global food security, and includes travel to U.S. farms, to Washington, D.C., to understand policy, and to smallholder farms in rural Africa. Students are selected from a wide range of education disciplines, from agronomy and environmental science to nutrition, finance and marketing.

Trey Forsyth, a 2014 Emerging Leader, believes that programs like the Global Food Challenge will encourage the next generation to get involved in agriculture – and to tackle global hunger. His trip with other Emerging Leaders to meet policymakers in Washington, D.C., was a revelation.

"I saw a whole new side of agriculture that I never knew existed, and it was fascinating," Forsyth said. "Now I'm thinking of pursuing a career in Ag policy."

Learn more about the Global Food Challenge and join the conversation at http://foodchallenge.landolakesinc.com.

About Land O'Lakes, Inc.
Land O'Lakes, Inc., one of America's premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. With 2015 annual sales of $13 billion, Land O'Lakes is one of the nation's largest cooperatives, ranking 203 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 94 years of operation, Land O'Lakes today operates some of the most respected brands in agribusiness and food production including LAND O LAKES® Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition and WinField Solutions. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O'Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, Minn.

 About the survey

The online survey, conducted by ORC International's CARAVAN® Geographic Omnibus from February 8 – 10, 2016, polled a demographically representative U.S. sample of 1,020 adults, comprising 505 men and 515 women 18 years of age and older.