F UNIVERSITY o
The Florida Cattlemen's Institute and
5 Allied Trade Show will be held Janu-
ary 15, 2009 at the Osceola Heritage
Park. The theme for the this year will
7 be "Management Solutions for Eco-
nomic Challenges". The trade show
will open at 8:00am with the program
to begin at 9:45am. The first speaker
will be Dr. Yoana Newman and Dr.
Jay Ferrell with the UF/IFAS Agron-
omy Department, discussing Growing
Feeds not Weeds. Following there
presentation we will have Dr. Ed
Richey, DVM discussing herd health
S and reproductive performance. Other
topics to be discussed include least
cost production with Randy Blach,
Dr. Chad Carr discussing alterna-
tive markets, and will conclude the
day with a panel of cattle producers
discussing ways they are coping
with the slower economy on their
operations. Lunch will be provided
free of charge to participants.
If you are planning to attend, please
contact Christa so we may have an
accurate lunch count. She can be
reached at 722-4524.
Soil Testing for Forage Production
Supplying adequate soil fertility and the correct pH to
your forages is one of the keys to a successful forage
production. If your are a hay producer, plant annual
forage crops every year, or overseed in winter time,
then you need to soil test every year. If your operation
is based on perennial forages, you could do so less fre-
quently. One of the first action to get ready for the up-
coming season in terms of fertilizer needs should be to
have your soil tested. Now more than ever, a soil test
will save you money because it will indicate those nu-
trients that are in your soil in sufficient amounts. Soil
testing followed by the proper fertilization, is one of
the practices that will possibly have the most long-term
effect on your forage production per acre. There is
no other way to find out the status of your soil nu-
trients but to soil test. Keep in mind that the recom-
mendations coming back from the soil test report
are based on efficient fertilizer use and environ-
mentally sound nutrient management without
losses of yield or crop quality. Use these months
prior to spring time to test your soil and correct soil
pH if necessary; acidic soil condition is a tendency
for many Florida soils. If lime is needed it will be
indicated on your soil report.
By: Yoana Newman
Extension Forage Specialist
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
25th Annual Cattle-
men's Institute and
Allied Trade Show
Manatee County Fair
Beef Cattle Manage-
26th Annual Florida Cattlemen's Institute and
Allied Trade Show
Volume 1, Issue 1
Manatee County Fair Youth Livestock Schedule of Events
Every year many youth participate in the Manatee County Fair to compete for prizes, awards and most
of all bragging rights. Many of these youth will be competing in many different areas during the fair. At
this point we are looking at a very successful fair in the livestock area. I encourage each of you to take
some time to come out and support the youth of today who will become the leaders of tomorrow.
Tuesday, January 13 -
Wednesday, January 14
Thursday, January 15 -
Friday, January 16-
Saturday, January 17-
Sunday, January 18-
Monday, January 19-
Tuesday, January 20 -
Wednesday, January 21
Thursday, January 22 -
Friday, January 23 -
Saturday, January 24 -
Sunday, January 25
Swine Weigh-In 2-6:00pm
Dairy Check-In 4-7:00pm
Swine Showmanship 6:00pm
Swine Show 6:00pm
Dairy Show 6:00pm
Dairy, Swine and Horse Judging 7:30am
Dairy Costume Contest 10:00am
Swine Sale 2:00pm
FNGLA Youth Plant Sale 6:00pm
Goat Check-In 5-7:00pm
Steer Weigh-In 2-6:00pm
Beef Breeding Check-In 2-6:00pm
Goat Show 7:00pm
Steer Showmanship 6:00pm
Steer Show 6:00pm
Beef Breeding Show 6:00pm
Beef Breeding, Steer and Goat Judging 8:30am
Steer Sale 2:00pm
Youth Livestock Awards 7:00pm
Goats, Beef Breeding and Steers Released-10:00pm
Horse Show 11:00am
As a reminder to all youth entering livestock in the Manatee County Fair, you are required to have a Cer-
tificate of Veterinary Health Inspection (health certificate) for your animals to be admitted to the fair.
Without a certificate you will not be allowed to exhibit your animal. Check your fair livestock rules for
any additional tests, bleedings, or any other procedures that must be followed prior to exhibition at the
Manatee County Fair.
Volume 1, Issue 1
Beef Management Calendar
* Begin grazing small grain pastures (if ready).
* Check mineral feeder.
* Check for external parasites and treat if needed.
* Deworm cows and heifers prior to winter feeding season.
* Observe regularly for calving difficulties.
* Rotate calving pastures to prevent diseases.
* Watch for scours in calves.
* Investigate health of bulls before you buy.
* Have dead animals posted by a veterinarian or diagnostic laboratory.
* Complete review of management plan and update for next year. Check replacement heifers to be sure they
will be ready to breed 3 4 weeks prior to the main cow herd.
* Apply lime for summer crops.
* Check for lice and treat if necessary.
* Control weeds in cool season pastures.
* Begin grazing winter clover pastures when approximately 6 inches high. Rye should be 12-18 inches high.
* Check mineral feeders.
* Put bulls out for October calving season.
* Make up breeding herd lists if using single sire herds.
* Watch for calf scours.
* Give bulls extra feed and care so they will be in condition for breeding season.
* Make sure cow herd has access to adequate fresh water.
* Buy only performance tested bulls with superior records.
* Get taxes filed.
* Discuss herd health with your veterinarian and outline a program for the year.
* Review herd health program with your veterinarian regularly.
* Carry a pocket notebook to record heat, breeding abnormalities, discharges, abortions, retained placentas,
difficult calvings and other data.
* Observe cow herd for calving difficulties.
* Watch for grass tetany on winter pastures.
* Increase magnesium levels in mineral mixes if grass tetany has been previous problem (if you are not al-
ready using a high magnesium mineral).
* Examine bulls for breeding soundness and semen quality prior to the breeding season.
* Vaccinate cows and heifers against vibriosis and leptospirosis prior to the breeding season.
* Top dress winter forages, if needed.
* Check and fill mineral feeders.
* Put bulls out with breeding herd.
* Work calves (identify, implant with growth stimulant, vaccinate, etc.).
* Make sure lactating cows are receiving an adequate level of energy.
* Watch calves for signs of respiratory diseases.
* Cull cows that failed to calve while prices are seasonally up.
* Check for lice and treat if needed.
6 Manatee County Cattlemen's Meeting, 7pm
15-25 Manatee County Fair
15 Cattlemen's Institute & Allied Trade Show, Kissimmee
5-16 Florida State Fair
17 Manatee County Cattlewomen's Meeting, 6:30pm
16 Range Cattle REC Field Day, Ona
29-5/1 Beef Cattle Short Course, Gainesville
30 Range Cattle REC Youth Field Day, Ona
Christa L. Carlson-Kirby
Extension Agent II, Livestock