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“Some of the things backyard flock owners do don’t help layers dissipate heat and in fact, make it worse,” says Texas A&M AgriLife Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent in Tarrant County Fred M. Hall. Flock owners can learn many best management practices for keeping their hens cooler at a program scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 at the Tarrant County Extension office. The Extension office is located at 200 Taylor Street in Fort Worth.

While there is no charge for the program or parking, everyone is asked to reserve their seat on-line at:

http://agrilife.org/urbantarrantag/program-registration.

The deadline to register is 5 p.m. on Monday, June 27. For more information contact your local Extension office. In Tarrant County contact the office at 817.884.1946.

 

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As issues arise in livestock, grain, forage and equine industries, I compile the best information and send it our to local producers. If you are interested in receiving the update by email, please subscribe here:

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The North Texas weather can have some pretty dramatic changes this time of year. Temperature swings are not uncommon from now to early spring. Animals may have a tough time coping with these changes. Horses are especially susceptible to developing an impaction colic when the weather changes and during cold weather. Be sure your animals always have access to water all winter long to help avoid impaction colic.

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Among organic and sustainable farmers, there is a belief that healthy ecosystems with minimally disturbed soils, adequate access to diverse, high quality forages, and clean water have a robust correlation with cows’ well-being and milk quality.  However, there has been limited research on the relationships between changes in biodiversity, livestock health, and farm management and productivity.

Therefore, in 2012, a University of Vermont research team began a multidisciplinary, long-term study to learn if managing farms for increased diversity at different “community” levels (from rumen microbes to forage composition) in Northeast pasture-based dairy production systems positively contributes to improved livestock well-being, health and productivity, and creates an ecological service feedback loop that benefits soil and natural resource diversity.

“While this research is being done in the northeast, it’s application has amazing potential for the nations largest livestock state” says the new Tarrant County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent Fred. M. Hall. The 60-minute webinar program is set for 1 p.m. on Monday, January 4 and will be held in the Fort Worth Room at the Tarrant County Extension office located at 200 Taylor St. in Fort Worth.

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The Annual Central Texas Cow/Calf Clinic in Milano, Texas will be held on Friday, January 9, 2015 at The Milano Livestock Exchange, US 79. This Program is provided by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Milam, Robertson, Bell, Burleson, Williamson, and Falls counties. The Registration is from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. with the Presentation starting at 9:00 a.m. and concluding at 3:00 p.m. 2 CEUs will be given for Pesticide applicators license holders. The cost of the Program is $25.00 payable at the door. Please R.S.V.P to your local Extension office for a meal count. In Williamson County registration can be done by calling 512.943.3300 or on-line at: http://williamson.agrilife.org/program-registration

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Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise M. Slaughter introduced legislation to provide better information on the amount and use of antibiotics and other antimicrobials given to animals raised for human consumption, H.R. 820, the Delivering Antimicrobial Transparency in Animals (DATA) Act.

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The 2013 Wichita County Junior Livestock Show starts today at the Bridwell Agricultural Center here in Wichita Falls.

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