Chemical Points Meeting set for Friday, February 26

This meeting will provide you with 2 core and 2 category points. Please RSVP to us by February 19, 2016, and bring your chemical license.

Itinerary is as follows:

  • 9:30 am: Registration
  • 10:00-10:30: Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybeans Update (1 category), presented by Jim Valent, CCA – Channel Agronomist
  • 10:30-11:00: Weed Control in Forages (1 category), presented by Jessica Williamson, Ph.D., Forage Crop Specialist
  • 11:00-11:30: Fertilizer Efficiency, Top Dress Split Application of Nitrogren, presented by Albert McIntier, CCA
  • 11:30-12:00: Agricultural Spill Cleanup, Pesticide Storage and Handling Procedures (1 core), presented by Albert McIntier, CCA
  • 12:00-12:30: Reducing Spray Drift (1 core), presented by Jessica Williamson, Ph.D., Forage Crop Specialist
  • 12:30: Lunch (which is provided)

How Winter Affects Your Cow Herd

Cold temperatures increase cattle’s energy requirements in order to maintain their core temperature or body heat. Wind is one of your herd’s biggest enemies during the cold winter months. Barns, as well as trees or fenced-off hay bales, provide protection from the wind while out in the pasture.

Be sure to provide an adequate water supply and a place to stay dry in wet conditions to keep your herd healthy.

Always check your cattle frequently when snow accumulation is expected. Cattle, calves especially, can become trapped and suffocate.

To learn more about protecting your herd from the cold, click here.


Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD): Informational Meeting Scheduled for Feb. 2

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is expanding the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) regulations that govern how and when feed-grade antibiotics can be given to food-producing animals. The FDA’s goal is to reduce the use of antibiotics for production purposes such as increasing growth, and instead use them for health emergencies only. Use of the drugs will require a prescription, administration by a veterinarian, or a consultation with a vet, as certified by a VFD, a document issued by a licensed veterinarian.

To help you prepare, your co-op has scheduled a free informational meeting at 7:00 pm on Tues., Feb. 2, 2016 at the 4H Building, Bedford County Fairgrounds. Dr. Michele Campbell and Bradley Gray of Hubbard Feeds will be featured speakers.

The rule was implemented October 2015, but feed-grade manufacturers have until Dec. 31, 2016 to finish the process of changing their product labels. The rule takes full effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

Currently some antibiotics require a VFD, but as of Jan. 1, 2017 the list will be expanded to include:

  • Chlortetracycline (Aureomycin)
  • Oxytetracycline
  • Tylosin (Tylan)
  • Sulfas (AS-700)
  • Macrolides (Pulmotil)

For more information on the new VFD rules, visit the FDA website, or this useful FAQ from iGrow.