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.
Blackleg has been recognized as a livestock disease since before medieval times, and today we often use the term loosely to describe several diseases caused by organisms in the Clostridium class of bacteria. MORE »
Ownership of any animal means taking responsibility for it. Obviously, this includes basic husbandry practices such as food, water, and shelter. However, we often forget about other responsibilities related to that animal, such MORE »
With the recent warm days and the greening of pastures, cattle producers will need to start thinking about the prevention of bloat. Bloat is a digestive disorder characterized by an accumulation of gas MORE »
In the cow/calf business, fall profits depend heavily on decisions producers make in the spring for both cows and calves. Keeping calves healthy and prepared for top marketing programs, as well as getting MORE »
Cows in North Carolina are usually fed hay during the winter. Hay quality is often deficient, so that supplemental protein and/or energy are often fed. Common supplements fed to cows include protein tubs, MORE »