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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

Horse Haulin’

Saturday afternoon May 2, 2009 just prior to the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby, much attention was given to the fact that "Mind That Bird" was hauled 1,700 miles in a horse trailer pulled by a pickup truck driven by his trainer, Chip Woolley. While watching the pre-race TV coverage, it seemed every reporter that interviewed Mr. Woolley was fascinated the trainer had personally driven his horse from New Mexico to Kentucky.  So much, in

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The Importance of Foundation: Equine Feet

Like the cornerstone of a building or the wheels of an automobile, the feet and legs serve as the foundation of the horse.  Uniquely designed to support weight, resist wear, absorb tremendous shock, provide traction and assist in pumping blood, the horse’s foot and lower leg is without a doubt one of the greatest engineering feats in nature. For horses to perform to their fullest potential, the feet and legs must be healthy and maintained

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Florida Charolais Cattle at the State Fair

At the 2018 Florida State Fair, the Charolais Open and Youth Cattle Show was a welcome sight.  With so many cattle producers in Florida using Charolais sires in their terminal cross-breeding systems, we should see the breed more often.  Cattlemen primarily purchase these bulls outside of the state of Florida because  Charolais seed-stock producers are not prevalent here.  If you have opportunity to buy locally, just know there are

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