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You can’t fully prepare for every disaster. But it’s your responsibility to care for your animals during these times. Create a plan before disaster strikes.
The Pasture to Market eNewsletters provide beef cattle industry information for producers in Louisiana.
The Educated Horseman Series provides science based information covering a variety of horse related topics and techniques including Health, Management, Disease, Facilities, and Equipment. (PDF Format Only)
The Educated Horseman Series provides science based information covering a variety of horse related topics and techniques including Health, Management, Disease, Facilities, and Equipment.
Information addressing pasture management following a flood.
Information covering the cause and treatment options for equine Pythiosis.
Newsletter for cattle producers on winter pasture, bulk feed, Field Day, Beef Production, Survey, Portable Pens
Controlling internal parasites in grazing cattle has a significant positive return on investment; in most cases greater than any other management practice.
Horse experts across the South have join forces to provide research based information for horse owners and equine operations.
One of the most important decisions a forage producer must make is which variety or varieties to plant. Many forage varieties are marketed in Louisiana.
eNewsletter from Animal Sciences extension specialists.
This fact sheet has frequently asked questions about heartworm disease in dogs.
This fact sheet provides information about the disease Brucellosis in dogs.
This articlle describes a disease of sheep and goats called caseous lymphadenitis. CL is caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis and is manifested by abscesses of the lymph nodes and occasionallyof the internal organs.
This fact sheet discusses common heat-related illnesses in pets and how to prevent them.
Trichomoniasis is a bovine venereal disease that can cause substantial reproductive and economic loss in cow-calf operations that use natural service. Many states, including Louisiana, now have regulations on movement of bulls to prevent the spread of trichomoniasis.
Newsletter for beef producers on the following topics: Master Cattleman, Weaning, American Beef Now Available in China, Atypical mad Cow Disease, WOTUS
Event information about an upcoming LA Master Cattlemen's Training in St. Tammamny Parish starting August 15, 2017.
One of the most difficult feeding challenges faced by dairy farmers is the dropoff in feed intake and milk production during the summer. To minimize these losses, rations must be specially formulated for hot weather.
Have your chickens ever had white lesions that developed into wart-like nodules and then formed dark scabs on their combs and wattles? If so, your chickens had fowl pox, according to LSU AgCenter poultry professor Dr. Theresia Lavergne.
Winter feeding costs are a major expense in cow-calf herds. So, selecting a winter feeding program that is cost-efficient is imperative. However, making sure nutrient requirements are met during this time is critical to future profitability. An investment now can pay dividends for years to come.
Copper toxicity can occur following ingestion of excess copper in feed or minerals over time. Stress can induce the acute form of this disease, which can be deadly.
This fact sheet list talking points about antibiotic use in beef cattle.
Azaleas are a common ornamental plant in Louisiana. But they can be deadly to livestock, especially goats. This fact sheet explains what can happen when goats consume azaleas.
Prudent use of pharmaceutical agents in food-producing animals is essential for animal health and welfare, and food safety. This article describes current drug-use regulations so livestock producers can work with their veterinarian to make smart choices.
Anthrax in livestock and horses is described. Topics discussed include: A brief history of the disease, persistance of spores in soil, clinical signs, what to do if anthrax suspected, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control.
Beef cattle pose special problems when it comes to mass evacuation, so plans should be made weeks in advance of a potential disaster. (PDF Format Only)
Because of their relatively small size compared to cattle and horses, mass evacuation of goats and sheep is possible if plans are made weeks in advance of a potential disaster. (PDF format only)
Well in advance of a potential disaster, producers should evaluate their herd health programs with their veterinarian. Horses that undergo evacuation either before or after a disaster will be stressed and are likely to be commingled with other horses and livestock. (PDF Format Only)
Cattle, goats, horses, pigs and sheep surviving hurricanes or other disasters are vulnerable to several diseases, including infectious diseases and toxicities. (PDF Format Only)
Although cattle can survive for days without food, a supply of clean, fresh water is essential to keep animals alive following a disaster. Rules of thumb for calculating necessary trough space also included.
Meeting the most basic nutrient requirements needed for survival should be the goal when feeding cattle following a disaster. Feeding basics, feeding water-damaged hay or feed and salvaging flood-damaged hay and feeds included.
Biosecurity plans control the introduction and spread of disease by evaluating and addressing the primary routes of disease transmission. An effective biosecurity plan will control several diseases at one time. (PDF Format Only)
Hurricane Katrina was devastating to Louisiana’s dairy producers. However, advanced planning can help producers minimize the loss of animal lives and the health problems associated with all disasters. (PDF format only)
BVD is a viral disease of cattle that can cause clinical disease and subclinical production losses. This article discusses the common signs of this disease and how to manage it.
Performing breeding soundness evaluations on herd bulls is a sound investment for beef cow-calf operations. A bull breeding soundness evaluation (BSE) is a uniform method of assessing a bull’s likelihood of accomplishing pregnancy in an appropriate number of open, healthy, cycling cows or heifers in a defined breeding season.
Farm animals can carry germs that make people sick, but some simple precautions can keep our kids healthy.
Basics of forage quality analysis and how such an analysis relates to the nutritional needs of a beef cow and/or replacement heifer. (PDF format only)
Animal Industry News update- December 2016 issue from the animal and veterinary sciences extension specialist at the LSU AgCenter
Vaccines protect horses from disease. This fact sheet lists core vaccines and suggested vaccination schedule for your horse.
Cocahoe minnows are adapted to having their eggs exposed to both air and water due to rising and falling tides. This document is a description of how we imitate this behavior by using air incubation in the lab to produce and hatch larvae.
Production of cocahoe minnow eggs is achievable throughout late spring and fall months. Utilization of fertilized ponds has been successful in several southern coastal states.
Fish predators can cause considerable losses of fish produced in aquaculture. This document provides a list of the most common fish predators at aquaculture ponds.
When holding live baitfish, a number of factors must be managed properly to ensure good survival and health. Water quality, including parameters such as dissolved oxygen and temperature, is a very important factor to monitor while holding live baitfish.
Utilization of above-ground pools is practical for production of large numbers of cocahoe minnow eggs. This is achievable outdoors throughout summer, with peaks in late spring and early fall.
Cocahoe minnows require a minimal salinity to grow and thrive. The type of water you use and the type of salt can make a large difference in the survival and growth of these fish.
This fact sheet explores the economics behind different production scenarios showing which methods may be the most and least profitable.
Feeding is one of the most important factors in minnow production. This fact sheet addresses the best feeding practices to ensure growth and good health.
In order to raise and sell cocahoe minnows, there are several legal considerations. This fact sheet covers some of them.
There are a number of diseases and symptoms that cocahoe minnows can develop in a culture situation. This fact sheet addresses some of the more common issues that may be encountered.
A list of supplies and vendors for raising and spawning cocahoe minnows.
This fact sheet outlines some of the more common cocahoe culture systems.
Keeping fish healthy while hauling is very important for survival. Water quality is the most important factor to manage while hauling fish. This document describes how to manage water quality and haul fish safely.
Why plant winter annual forage crops? These crops grow and provide grazing during the cool-season when bermudagrass and bahiagrass pastures are dormant.
Check the horse's vital signs regularly. Knowing your horse's normal resting vital signs are important indicators of health.
Production agriculture is affected by seasonal production and demand cycles that are influenced by weather conditions as well as biological processes. These supply-and-demand conditions lead to seasonal price patterns. Awareness of seasonal price patterns can improve production and marketing decisions made by producers. (PDF Format Only)
Livestock Risk Protection insurance for feeder cattle has been extended to producers in Louisiana. This insurance product is available for purchase from private crop insurance agents. The benefit of this insurance product is that producers can protect their breakeven price level, and there is no minimum number of head that must be insured under a policy. Policies are available that will align with when cattle are marketed, size of cattle marketed and type of cattle marketed. (PDF Format Only)
This publication covers calculation of the choice/select spread, as well as supply and demand factors that widen or narrow the choice/select spread. Additional discussion centers on how the choice/select spread reflects cattle quality and packer demand for certain USDA quality grades (PDF format only)
This brochure details the relative value Extension agents place on various USDA livestock and poultry reports that contain pricing and production data. (PDF format only)
Information on purchasing healthy bulls, breeding-soundness examinations, disease prevention and nutrition. (PDF format only)