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Grazing Management – Making the Most of the Available Forage

As I travel around Jackson County lately I have noticed that pasture grass is in short supply on most livestock operations.  The combination of flash drought (95-102° temperatures without rainfall) and little fertilization of pastures has taken...
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Che Trejo wins 2022 UF Top Rancher Challenge at FCA Convention

UF/IFAS Extension introduced a new concept at the Florida Cattlemen’s Convention and Allied Trade Show, in Marco Island that was a big hit.   The 2022 UF Top Rancher Challenge was a friendly, yet challenging competition that allowed...
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Beef and Forage BMP Farm Tour – April 22

  Join us for a Beef and Forage BMP Farm Tour on April 22nd from 9:00 am to 12 pm CDT. We will meet at the Granberry Farm from 9:00 AM Central to 10:15 AM, and then travel in your own vehicle to Bishop Farms where we will be from...
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Livestock and Forage Production

According to the 2017 U.S. Census of Agriculture, there were 1,821 farmers (producers) that managed 1,154 farms with 93.3 million in total farm gate sales in Jackson County, utilizing 275,022 acres of land.  Of these, 527 were livestock farms that reported total livestock sales of $12.2 million.  Of the 527 farms, 366 were beef cattle operations, 265 horse, 87 goat, 139 poultry, 35 swine, 20 sheep, 9 bees, and 3 dairy farms.   A total of 25,283 beef cows graze on 66,514 acres of pasture and range land with an average stocking rate of 2.6 acres/cow.  There are 3 dairies with 1,060 milking cows.  There are also 383 hay or silage operations with a total of 20,062 acres that produce 65,960 tons of stored forage annually, with an average yield of 3.3 tons/acre.

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