The Fannin County Young Farmers Association and The Blue Ridge Mountain Cattleman’s Association help a joint function on January 11 at 6pm at Cohutta Country Store. A meal was served and was sponsored by BRM Cattleman’s Association and Cohutta Country Store. Guest speaker wasFetal dystocia is abnormal fetal size or position resulting in difficult delivery. Dr. Credille also brought a calving simulator to demonstrate to the group how to properly deliver a calf if the cow is unable to deliver on her own. Anyone who wanted to try to deliver the calf was able to give it a try. Pictured is Tayelor Long and Dr. Credille. 65 people were in attendance.Brent Credille, DVM, PhD, DACVIM; Assistant Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia . He spoke to the group about DYSTOCIA MANAGEMENT IN BEEF CATTLE,
FANNIN COUNTY YOUNG FARMERS
ASSOCIATION & THE BLUE RIDGE
Beef Cattle Calf Simulation
Demonstration and Talk
January 11, 2018 6:00pm
Cohutta Country Store- Blue Ridge, GA
Program will be presented by Brent Credille, DVM, PhD, DACVIM; Assistant Professor; College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia
Meal sponsored by Blue Ridge Cattleman’s Association & Cohutta Country Store
Anyone interested is welcome to attend
FCYFA and BRCA members attend free of charge
Non FCYFA and BRCA members we ask you pay $5.00
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-455-2545 by 1/8/18
By: Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent
Spring is just around the corner and with the warmer weather the sound of baby chicks can be heard in the post office and the feed stores. Whether you are working with three laying hens in a backyard coop or a farm full of broilers, chickens need proper nutrition to live healthy, low-stress lives. Providing the correct balance of protein, vitamins and other nutrients can be challenging for those mixing their own feed. An incorrect mixture can lead to malnourished or stressed chickens.
Justin Fowler, an assistant professor in the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Georgia, recently released an app that will help midscale poultry producers mix the right ratio of feed ingredients needed to maintain a healthy flock. FeedMix, funded by a grant from the World Poultry Foundation, was released for both Apple and Android platforms at the end of 2016.
Fowler, who joined the poultry science department in 2015, developed the app after working with the emerging poultry industry in Ghana. He was one of a delegation of UGA poultry scientists who traveled to Ghana in June 2015 and June 2016 to help the Ghana Association of Poultry Farmers set up a Cooperative Extension-style continuing education program for Ghanaian poultry farmers.
Ghanaian poultry farmers who mix their own feed do so from ingredients that are very similar to U.S. producers’ ingredients, mainly corn and soybean meal. About 57 percent of Ghana’s chicken farmers grow at least some of their own feed components on their farms. After those visits to Ghana, Fowler collaborated with fellow faculty members and scientists. Together they created a simple app to help producers know exactly what they are feeding their birds when they are on-site, mixing their own feeds.
Gene Pesti, professor of poultry science and animal nutrition at UGA, compiled this information into a series of Excel workbooks, but many small farmers don’t always have access to the desktop or laptop computers needed to use them. They do, however, have smartphones. The advantage of this technology is that it provides immediate feedback to producers who are on a small enough scale that they may not have a good handle on exactly what kind of nutrition they are providing their flocks.
FeedMix is the second app released by the UGA poultry science department. In 2015, Brian Fairchild, Mike Czarick and agricultural engineer John Worley developed CHKMINVENT, an app that allows farmers to enter local climatic conditions and other factors to calculate cooling and ventilation plans for their chicken houses. Farmers in the U.S. and across the globe have downloaded the app more than 1,000 times.
For more information about the poultry science program at UGA, visit http://www.caes.uga.edu/departments/poultry.html and to learn more about these poultry science apps, search for them in Apple’s app store or on Google Play, or contact me in the Gilmer County UGA Extension office.
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