Raising animals — poultry, hogs, horses, beef and dairy cattle and more — has become the most valuable segment of North Carolina agriculture. Today, animal agriculture accounts for about 60 percent of the state’s total farm cash receipts. North Carolina Cooperative Extension helps growers use the latest research to improve production and manage animal waste in environmentally sound ways.
Every year around Valentine’s Day Celebrity Dairy invites the public out to the farm to see the newborn goats and enjoy an afternoon at a working farm that makes award-winning goat cheese. The 2016 MORE »– from Growing Small Farms
Everyone in the beef industry agrees that maintaining a 60-to-75 day breeding and calving season can be one of the most important management tools for producers. With uniformity in age and size, the MORE »
Winter brings a special set of challenges for cattle producers. The need for labor and management increase just as forage quality, feed availability and hours of daylight available to get things done decrease. MORE »
Economic losses due to disease cost cattle producers hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. Aside from the obvious losses resulting from dead animals and medical costs, there are added losses from a MORE »
Calf scours, or diarrhea, is a very costly problem for many producers. Calves suffering from scours can become critically ill in a short time. Dehydration, electrolyte depletion and acid-base imbalances are the underlying MORE »
Everyone involved in beef cattle production will, at some time, work cattle. Sound handling practices will affect the well-being of cattle, individual animal health, and herd productivity. These practices are the result of MORE »