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In its fourth study of the beef cow-calf industry since 1993, the USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) will collect new and valuable health and management information from cow-calf producers in the 24 states, including Texas. Those states will represent 87 percent of beef cows and 79 percent of beef cow operations.

From October through December 2017, representatives from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact randomly selected beef cow-calf operators for phase 1 of the study. NASS representatives will conduct personal interviews with all participating operations that have one or more beef cows. For operations that choose to continue to phase II of the study and are eligible to do so, representatives from USDA’s Veterinary Services will visit from January through March 2018 to administer the phase II questionnaire. Representatives will also offer a range of biologic sampling activities in which producers can choose to participate.

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The folks at the VFD News Center remind us that some medications for swine requiring a veterinary feed directive (VFD) are indicated for use alone while others are approved for use in combination with over-the-counter (OTC) medications that don’t require a VFD.

For example, chlortetracycline, which will transition to a VFD medication on January 1, 2017, has several indications for use alone but it’s also approved for use with tiamulin, an OTC medication, for diseases including swine dysentery, bacterial enteritis and bacterial pneumonia.

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“Building margins in agriculture isn’t just about trimming expenses– its about spending money were it will yield the largest returns” says Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture Agent Fred M. Hall. “And this group of professionals will help any producer learn to selectively maximize their returns on the dollars they spend on fertilizer.” Hall continued. The program will be held on Friday, December 2 at the Tarrant County Resource Connection conference room located at 1100 Campus Drive in Fort Worth.

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Seventeen attendees, including 4-Hers, FFA members and parents attended the first program in the Road To Greatness Series sponsored by the 4-H Livestock Committee on Saturday, April 9. The Steer and Heifer Clinic focused on what new exhibitors need to know about a calf project.

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Whether you own horses, goats, llamas or cattle, you need to plan on attending the North Texas Grazing and Pasture Conference. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 19 and will be held at the Magnolia Room of the Tarrant County Resource Connection Conference Center located at 2300 Circle Dr. in Fort Worth. According to the new Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture Agent Fred M. Hall, “This is a unique program that will address the economics of pastures, alternative forages and have a special focus on developing healthy soils that can maintain high productivity year after year. Whether you are a part-time producer with ten acres and pastured poultry or a commercial grower with 2,000 acres and 100 momma cows, this program will cover information that you need”. The program will began at 8:15 a.m with sign-in and the presentations will start at 8:45 a.m. There will be three continuing education units offered for pesticide applicator license holders including one IPM and two general CEUs. The registration fee is $25.

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Fourth and fifth grade students in Tarrant County are invited to participate in Pizza Ranch. This fun and free educational event is presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Tarrant County Food and Fiber Committee to help our youth better understand the origin of the ingredients in pizza.

In 2016 Pizza Ranch will be held on May 3 & 4 in the Justin Arena at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex, 1501 Rip Johnson Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.

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