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Read article: Planning and managing to avoid dystocia
Planning and managing to avoid dystocia
Dystocia, meaning “difficult birth,” often results in the loss of a calf or complications after birth of a live calf. Some examples of complications...
Read article: Breeding tips for fall-calving cows
Breeding tips for fall-calving cows
For fall calving herds, breeding season is upon us. Successful reproduction is the forefront of a cow/calf operation and heavily impacts an...
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Read article: Managing winter feed costs
Managing winter feed costs
Approximately 60% of a beef cattle producers’ expenses are due to feed costs. Keep feed costs in check while keeping cows in an appropriate body...
Protect Your Small Flock from Avian Flu
Read article: Preventing Avian Flu in Your Small Flock
Preventing Avian Flu in Your Small Flock
In the past three weeks, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been detected wild birds in the central U.S. flyway. The HPIA strains being...
Read article: How to care for backyard chickens in winter
How to care for backyard chickens in winter
Winter begins challenges to the small flock chicken owner. There are issues that need to be solved: keeping the water from freezing, preventing the...
Read article: Condensation Prevention in Metal –Walled Livestock Buildings
Condensation Prevention in Metal –Walled Livestock Buildings
Condensation Prevention in Metal –Walled Livestock Buildings Metal—walled (or metal sheathed walls) are commonly used for livestock...
Read article: Evaporative Cooling Pads – Maintenance for a Longer Life
Evaporative Cooling Pads – Maintenance for a Longer Life
Evaporative Cooling Pads – Maintenance for a Longer Life Hot weather cooling for livestock and poultry includes sprinkling or...
Read article: Clinic focuses on the health, nutrition, condition and care of livestock
Clinic focuses on the health, nutrition, condition and care of livestock
It's one thing to show livestock; it's another to understand the science behind raising livestock which will produce well and provide wholesome...

News Releases

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Fulton County 4-H Livestock Judging Team delivers results
LEWISTOWN, Ill. - Communication. Confidence. Character. These are some of the skills and traits that Fulton County 4-H Livestock Judging Coach Robyn Hendel has been fostering in her team members since 2014. The Fulton County 4-H Livestock Judging Team is a 4-H Special Interest (SPIN)...
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Looking for anaplasmosis in beef cattle
By Todd Gleason Researchers at the University of Illinois are working with beef cattle producers in the southern third of the state to determine the prevalence of a disease that causes cows...
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U of I Extension 4-H staff to host YQCA training
LEWISTOWN, Ill. - University of Illinois Extension, Fulton County, will host an in-person YQCA – Youth for the Quality Care of Animals training, on Friday, April 7, 2023 at the Extension office in Lewistown. The class starts at 10 a.m. and both online preregistration and payment of $3 per youth...

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