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Livestock Resources

Areas of Expertise and Service to Manatee County

  • Animal Science
  • Agronomy
  • Fertilization and herbicide use and application
  • Irrigation
  • Insect and disease control
  • State regulations
  • Nuisance animals
  • County Fair livestock programs

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Contact

Christa Kirby 
Livestock Agent
Phone: 941-722-4524 ext. 1824

OUR STORIES

Young rancher credits UF/IFAS Extension for much of her success

Megan Johnston works alone, proudly managing a 140-acre ranch. Though there are no typical days, Johnston gets up about 5:30 every morning to feed the cows and their calves on land near Floral City, Florida. Johnston attributes much of her early...
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2019 Average Farm Rent & Labor Rates

Some of the most challenging conversations, in almost any relationship, are the ones about money.  This is certainly true as farmers and landowners negotiate lease agreements, or managers and workers negotiate salaries for the year ahead. It...
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2019 Weather Summary and 2020 Outlook

- Rainfall 2019 was not a good weather year for farming in the Panhandle.  It was the hottest year on record along the impact zone of Hurricane Michael.  It was also abnormally dry over the second half of the...
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