The Polk County Livestock Extension Program is designed to provide educational programs and assistance for livestock producers, and promote agricultural awareness and its importance to our food system and economy.  This agent is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating these livestock Extension programs in Polk County.  The agent delivers educational programs in livestock production and management, forages and pastures, plant science, farm management, and agricultural awareness.


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Bridget Stice

Livestock and Forages

Extension Agent III, M.S.


Recent Livestock Blog Posts

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


Peep Peep Peep….Chicks!

Spring is right around the corner which means chick season is too! In northeast Florida chick sales skyrocket at local feed stores between the months of March and August, mostly because of the Spring and Easter season. Learn all you need to know before you pick up your chicks here! First Things First Always check with local city/county ordinances before deciding to get chickens! Some cities, like Jacksonville, require residents


Ranch Horse Seminar

Okeechobee County Extension hosted a ranch horse seminar in January at the Buck Daniel Ranch. The event featured several regional speakers with expertise in horsemanship, husbandry, or veterinary. The day started with a keynote speaker, Gene Cox, who spoke on improving the equity of your horse. His take home message was that you put in what you get out, be patient, be consistent, and use appropriate tools and gear. A panel of experienced horseman