Lisa Baxter

  • Lisa Baxter, Ph.D. Most tall fescue stands found in Georgia have a fungus that lives in the plant and can be transmitted in the seed. This endophyte has some benefits including pest resistance, drought tolerance, and persistence under grazing. However, the wild- or native-type endophyte (E+) produces toxins called ergot-alkaloids that can cause cattle to…

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  • William Secor, Ph.D. The ups and downs of summer weather are upon us affecting a host of agricultural markets. The focus of this article is looking at how feed costs can affect cattle markets, specifically corn prices.

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  • Youth Livestock Re-Cap

    Dylan Davis – Most people witness the time in the showring, but few realize the hours and work required at home to make walking into the ring at the top of your game possible. Not only are the hours youth spend in the barn used to prepare their livestock for show, but they are also…

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  • William Secor, Ph.D. – May heralds the beginning of grilling season in the U.S. The focus of beef and cattle markets turning to whether and how much of a kick beef prices might see thanks to this seasonal boost in demand. Click below to access this article and learn more.

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  • Pedro Fontes, Ph.D. – There have been considerable improvements in sexed semen products over the years and producers have been taking advantage of this technology. This short article provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the use of sexed semen in beef cattle.

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  • William Secor, Ph.D. – Total U.S. beef production is projected to be around 6.5% smaller compared to 2022 and 2% smaller compared to 2023. Smaller supplies have pronounced implications for U.S. beef trade. With lower production, exports are expected to decline, and imports are expected to increase. Click below to learn more.

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  • Proactive Forage Management for Grazing Success

    Jennifer Tucker, Ph.D. Attend any forage focused Extension program and you will assuredly discuss the importance of soil fertility, forage quality, having a forage plan, and utilizing proper seeding and planting practices.  Each of these are key fundamentals to efficient and effective forage management and utilization and should not be overlooked in this article. A…

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  • William Secor, Ph.D. The USDA projects U.S. beef production to drop by about 3% in 2024 from 2023. For the first two months of the year, slaughter numbers suggest that fewer head slaughtered is being partially offset by heavier weights. Click below to access the full article and learn more about these trends.

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  • William Secor, Ph.D. Two recent USDA reports have shown that Georgia had lower hay inventories over the winter and will be working with fewer cattle in the year-ahead. The Southeast (including Georgia) had lower hay inventories as of December 1. Drought improved in many areas of the country, especially the Southern Plains. However, drought emerged…

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  • Top Hand – Gaining Experience

    Jason Duggin, Dylan Davis, Marrissa Blackwell, Paula Burke -During the fall of 2022 and spring of 2023, around 65 of Georgia’s high school students have become more proficient processing cows and calves. We, as the UGA Beef Team, have learned a lot over the course of the last year about the role our high school…

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