Ronald Levy | 3/6/2018 8:10:58 PM
The cattle industry in the southeastern United States is predominately comprised of cow-calf production systems, and the vast majority of those are small- and medium-size beef cattle producers.
Improving genetics, adapting to change and continuing education are viewed as ways to make improvements. Producers see a tremendous opportunity to improve, but economics alone does not affect their production management decisions. Often, management practice decisions are based on time limitations because many of these producers have a different primary job either off or on the farm. Therefore, the time these producers can devote to the beef cow herd is limited.
BMPs for livestock farms are a specific set of practices used by farmers to reduce the amount of soil, nutrients, pesticides and microbial contaminants entering surface water and groundwater while maintaining or improving the productivity of agricultural land.
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