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

Sunn Hemp for Forage or Wildlife Food Plots

Sunn hemp is a fast growing, warm season, annual legume.  It grows 6-7 feet tall.  Sunn hemp can tolerate a wide range of soil pH (5.0-8.4).  It is native to India and Pakistan.  The University of Hawaii and USDA NRCS, together, released the variety called “Tropic Sun” in 1982.  This variety only makes seed during periods of short day length and a certain range of temperatures.  These


Caseous Lymphadenitis in Sheep and Goats: avoid it before you get it

When we look for a used car, we often ask for the Carfax®. This report tells you the history of the vehicle and gives you a vision of what potential issues you may run into in the future. When purchasing animals at market or on farms, use the precautionary principle for each one of your potential purchases. You should ask for the history of these animals and inspect them thoroughly. There are some

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