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

UF researchers awarded USDA grants to advance livestock production

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Two researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are one step closer to preventing flu in pigs and helping dairy producers get more milk for their buck, thanks to several grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. John Driver and Tim Hackmann, both assistant professors in the department of animal sciences, were awarded close to $700,000 in total from the USDA’s National


Soil pH and Bahiagrass

Soil pH (potential hydrogen) is an indication of the acidity or alkalinity of soil and is measured in pH units from 0 to 14. Soil pH is defined as the negative logarithm of the hydrogen ion (H+) concentration in the soil. A pH of 7 is considered to be neutral, pH values less than 7 are acidic, and pH values greater than 7 are alkaline. Soil pH directly affects the growth and quality of pasture grasses by influencing the chemical form of many


Forming a Dairy Cooperative

April 30, 2018 / 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. UF/IFAS Extension Marion County 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala 34470 This is a prelimiary meeting about what a dairy cooperative is and how it may benefit you.  Anyone who has an interest in diary production, large or small, is invited.  A representative from the Bureau of Dairy Industry will be present. Agenda: Describing a cooperative How a cooperative is formed How a diary cooperative may