Thursday, June 16, 2011

Year-round Pasture Production and Management Workshop

July 29, 2011
Union Hill Baptist Church
434 County Road 59, Union Spring, AL 36089

Ruminant livestock production in Alabama is based on pasture. Highly productive and quality pasture persisting throughout a year or most of the year is important for profitable livestock enterprises. Most of the livestock producers in Alabama have warm-season perennial pasture that produce from April to October and have negligible or no production from November to March, when farmers need to invest in supplementary feedstuffs like hay and agricultural byproducts to sustain their livestock. Feeding supplement for 5-6 months each year is not cost-effective. The purpose of this workshop is to educate and train Extension professionals and livestock producers on pasture improvement, grazing management, and conservation and proper use of surplus forage biomass produced.

For more information please look at the workshop flyer at the following link:
Workshop flyer with registration form

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Useful links

For educational materials and updated information about farming and different other aspects of your life, please visit this link: eXtension

Silvopasture Workshop - June 15, Tuskegee, AL

Silvopasture Practice

June 15, 2011
Macon County Commission Chamber, 205 N Main Street, Tuskegee, AL 36083

Southern Pine Silvopasture

Silvopasture is a sustainable agroforestry practice where trees and forage crops are grown together in a single piece of land, and grazing animals are introduced into the system to utilize the forages. Forage and livestock components provide regular short-term income while waiting for trees to be ready for sale. Studies have shown that, if properly managed, silvopasture can be more beneficial economically and environmentally than either tree or pasture mono-crop. This workshop will aware and train participants on establishing, managing, and utilizing silvopasture system. For more information and registration form, please look at the workshop flyer.

Workshop Flyer (Reduced-fee registration deadline is June 3.)

Workshop Agenda will be made available soon.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

More Livestock Programs from Tuskegee University

Following are the upcoming Extension education/outreach programs in 2013.
  1. Sustainable year-round forage production and grazing/browsing management in the Southern Region, Trainers’ Training – March 26-28, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
  2. Tuskegee University Goat Day - April 20, Saturday, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
  3. Sustainable livestock production – third week in May, Union Springs, AL 
  4. Master goat producer’s certification training program (3-day training) – August, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
  5. Youth goat show – October - 3rd Saturday, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
    • Youth goat show training will be conducted in different counties in Alabama starting April
  6. Integrated management of internal parasites in small ruminants - Date and venue not decided yet.
  7. Silvopasture practice workshop – Date and venue not decided yet

More detail on the above programs will be posted soon.


Workshop on April 26 - Integrated management of internal parasites in goat

Integrated Management of Internal Parasites in Goats

April 26, 2011
1221 County Road 14, Camden, Alabama 36726

Internal parasite infestation is one of the major problems in goat enterprise. Barber-pole worm is the most important internal parasites in goats leading to poor performance and death of numerous animals every year in Alabama and neighboring states. Goat farmers are using chemical dewormers against this parasite very frequently. However, using this method alone is not effective to solve the problem because of parasites’ resistance against the chemical dewormers available in the market. This situation leads to the necessity of involving alternative methods for minimizing parasite problems. The purpose of this workshop is to impart necessary skills and knowledge to goat farmers and Extension personnel in applying integrated approach for managing internal parasites. Major topics of the workshop will be 1) internal parasite introduction, identification, and life-cycle, 2) pasture and grazing management to minimize parasite problem, 3) FAMACHA and smart drenching, 4) nutrition and immunity, 5) anthelmintic resistance and novel approaches of parasite control, and 6) Hands-on activities: parasite identification, using FAMACHA, measuring body condition score, hoof trimming, and fecal sample collection and examination. For more information, please look at the Workshop Flyer and Workshop Agenda by clicking the following links:

Workshop Flyer and Registration Form
Workshop Agenda