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Range Cattle REC Pas-
ture Weed Field Day
Quail and Dove
Manatee County Farm
Florida State Fair Live-
stock Ethics and Ani-
mal Care Workshops
Beef Cattle Manage-
October 11-Pasture We
October 18-21 Nationa
Are you battling tropical soda apple or
climbing fern? Do you have questions
concerning forage tolerance to herbicides?
How do you remove vaseygrass and bahia-
2 grass from bermudagrass or stargrass pas-
tures? Is there anything new for smut-
grass? What herbicides are available for
pasture weed control? What is that weed?
These are all questions we ask. Every year
3 we are challenged with new questions,
problems, and sometimes, new weeds. It is
our goal to help you find an economical
approach to weed control in your pastures.
Controlling weeds can be a problem, and
I Beef optimum weed control will depend on the
particular weed species, the environment,
weed age and size, as well as time of
year. We hope to share some informa-
tion concerning pasture weed control at
this field day.
The program will begin at 8:30am on
Thursday, October 11th at the Range
Cattle REC in Ona. A registration fee
of $30 will be collected onsite if you
have not pre-registered. The program
will conclude at approximately 1:30pm
CEU and CCA credits will be available
for those wishing to acquire such cred-
its. For more information you may
contact Toni or Brent, 863-735-1314.
November 2-Manatee County
Cattlemen's Annual Meeting
November 8-Ag Venture and
MCSWCD Speech Contest
November 15-Hall of Fame
November 16-Farm City Tour
November 17- Beef Prospect
Show and Workshop
Closed Thanksgiving Holiday
December 25-Office Closed
January 1-Office Closed New
QUAIL AND DOVE
The 3rd Annual Quail and Dove Short
Course will take place Friday, October 19,
2007 at the Turner Civic Center in Arcadia
from 7:30am until 5:00pm. The program is
designed to educate landowners, hunters,
managers and conservationist the ecology
and management of quail and dove in Flor-
Topics discussed in the course will cover
bobwhite basics, identifying native quail
plants, food plots and supplemental feed-
ing, BMP's for pen raised quail, dove facts,
dove fields, dove harvest and hunting, as
well as a visit to Longino Ranch. Par-
ticipants will visit with ranch managers
and speakers about interaction of cows
and quail, landscapes for quail, preda-
tor management, as well as a food plot
Registration costs are $50 if received
by October 5th and $75 if received af-
ter October 5th. Registration fees will
cover program materials and lunch.
For more information you can contact
Range Cattle REC Pasture Weed Field Day
MANATEE COUNTY FARM CITY WEEK
Manatee County Farm City Week will be held No-
vember 8th thru November 17, 2007. The theme for
the 2007 Farm City Week will be "50 Years of Farm
City Week". The committee has been underway
making arrangements to highlight the agricultural in-
dustry here in Manatee County.
Festivities will begin with Ag-Venture to teach the
area 3rd grade students about agriculture and where
their food comes from. Each student will have the
opportunity to rotate thru six different agricultural
experiences to see how agriculture impacts their eve-
ryday life. For more information on Ag-Venture
contact Heather Zimmerman, 722-4524.
The Manatee River Soil and Water Conservation Dis-
trict will be holding a speech contest for all youth in
6th-12th grades. The topic of the speech is "What
is the Future of Florida's Renewable Energy". Each
speech should be between 6-8 minutes in length. Stu-
dents will compete for the $100 top prize and a
chance to compete in the area and state competitions.
Contestants must register by November 1st. For
more information of the Speech Contest contact Gail
On Thursday, November 15th the Hall of Fame
Luncheon will be held at the Manatee County Agri-
cultural Museum. The Manatee County Hall of Fame
inductee will be honored at this luncheon.
On Friday, November 16th Manatee County Resi-
dents have the opportunity to view parts of the agri-
cultural industry in the county. The tours will begin
at 8:00am and 9:00am from the Manatee County Fair
Grounds. The first stop on the tour will be at the Har-
llee Barn at the Manatee County Fairgrounds. Fol-
lowing a discussion of the history of the barn partici-
pants will then travel to the Sheriffs Inmate Farm at
the Manatee County Jail. While there participants
will have the opportunity to tour the Horticulture
Greenhouses, Hydroponically grown barley for cattle,
the tilapia fish farm, vegetable gardens, sewing
rooms, grits mill, wood shop and diesel shop all oper-
ated by inmates. Participants will then travel to SMR
Farms on Lorraine Road to learn about SMR's
Cattle Operation. The tour of the cattle operation
will be conducted by Jason McKendree. Follow-
ing lunch they will then travel to Watercress Farm
where they produce watercress and many other
vegetables which are grown here in Florida and
shipped for use in England daily. After the tour
of Watercress participants will then return to the
Fairgrounds. For more information on the Farm
Tour contact Linda Means, 722-4524.
To conclude Farm City Week we will hold the 4th
Annual Farm City Week Beef Workshop and
Prospect Show. The Workshop and Prospect
Show is open to all Manatee County 4-H and FFA
members who are participating in the Market
Steer or Beef Breeding projects. The workshop
will begin at 8:45am on Saturday, November 17th
with a session on Beef Cattle Reproduction pre-
sented by Lockie Gary, Hardee County Livestock
Extension Agent and County Extension Director.
We will then move into our rotational hands-on
workshops on cattle grooming presented by Hope
Freeman, advanced and beginner showmanship
workshops presented by Craig Wolfe and Pat
Hogue, Okeechobee County Livestock Extension
Agent, and proper show preparation and knot ty-
ing presented by Laura Wolfe. The final station
will be a beef cattle reproduction skill-a-thon sta-
tion for youth to test their reproduction knowl-
edge. Following the workshop youth will be
treated to a lunch sponsored by the Manatee
County Cattlemen's Association and youth will
then have the opportunity to prepare their animals
for the prospect show. Youth must participate
in the workshop to be eligible for the show.
Entry fees for the show are $15 per animal entry
and $10 for showmanship class participation.
There is not a charge for youth wishing to partici-
pate in the workshop only. We are currently
seeking sponsors to offset the cost of the work-
shop and prospect show. If you are interested in
sponsoring the event or for further information
contact Christa Carlson, 722-4524.
Volume 1, Issue 1
FLORIDA STATE FAIR YOUTH LIVESTOCK ETHICS AND
ANIMAL CARE WORKSHOP
Any youth who plans to show any animal at the Flor-
ida State Fair and who participated in the fair last
year must participate in a Livestock Ethics and Ani-
mal Care Workshop if they did not do so last year. If
they did not show at the state fair last year they must
attend the workshop to participate in the 2009 Florida
State Fair. There are currently seven workshops ad-
vertised on the Florida State Fair Livestock website.
9am-12noon at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center
1pm-4pm Volusia County Fairgrounds
7:30am-12 noon Turner Technical High School
5:30pm-9pm DeSoto County Extension Office
9am-12noon Florida State Fairgrounds
4pm-7pm Charlotte County Extension Office
9am-12noon Alachua County Extension Office
9am-12 noon Riverview High School
(Last Chance for 2008 Florida State Fair)
More information may be found at http://
BEEF MANAGEMENT CALENDAR
* Check mineral feeder.
* Check for external parasites, especially lice, and treat if
* Check for spittlebugs and treat, if needed.
* Watch condition of cow herd; maintain adequate nutrition.
* Isolate any additions to the herd for 30 to 60 days and ob-
serve for signs of disease; retest for brucellosis and leptospi-
* Be sure you have adequate handling facilities, and they are
in good working order.
* If you are raising bulls for the commercial market, October
thru December is the main bull-buying season for cattlemen
in south Florida. Now is the time to have your promotion
program fully activated.
* Have soils tested.
* Plant cool season legumes.
* Plant small grain pastures.
* Observe cows daily to detect calving difficulty.
* Use mineral with high level of magnesium if grass tetany
has been a problem in the past.
* Check for external parasites and treat if needed.
* Maintain adequate nutrient level for cow herd.
* Calve in well-drained pastures.
* Survey pastures for poisonous plants.
* Start summarizing your annual records, production and
financial-then you have time to make adjustments for tax
* Re-evaluate winter feeding program and feed supplies.
* Get breeding soundness exams on bull battery so you
have time to find replacements if some fail.
* Implement bull conditioning program.
* Review plans and arrangements for the upcoming breed-
* Check progress of developing replacement heifers
* 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
* 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 herd.
SunBelt Ag Expo
The 2007 Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition, North America's Premier Farm Show, will be held October 16-18
in Moultrie, GA. The mission is "to produce the premier farm show in the world, one that is conducive to
trade and emphasizes information, education and implementation of the latest agricultural technology, research
and equipment." This is a great opportunity to see many exhibits and demonstrations in one location for all
aspects of agriculture. The show is open 8:30am 5:00pm Tuesday and Wednesday and 8:30am 4:00pm on
Thursday. The cost is $7 per person. The show site is composed of 100 acres of exhibit space and a 600 acre
working farm. This year they are expecting over 1200 exhibitors to participate. For further information visit
their website at www.sunbeltexpo.com or call 229-985-1968.
Christa L. Carlson
Extension Agent II, Livestock