July/August 2015 Livestock and Horse Newsletter

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Farmers ‘First on Scene’ Training: Tuesday, August 4th

Farmers in the region are encouraged to participate in a new program in NC for farm families, “First on Scene.” The Franklin County Extension Center will be hosting the training on Tuesday, August 4th from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Annex meeting room at the Extension Center in Louisburg. The training will be conducted by the NC Agromedicine Institute, LaMar Grafft, instructor, with the purpose to teach individuals who are first on scene at a farm incident how to respond safely. Farms who participate will receive a free “farm first aid kit”, free “fire extinguisher”, and up to $250 cost share for safety & health supplies &/or training.  A sponsored meal will be served from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m., with the training from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. If you plan to attend, you must pre-register by contacting Franklin County Cooperative Extension at (919) 496-3344 or email martha_mobley@ncsu.edu by Friday, July 31st.

20th Annual Franklin County Horse Farm Tour – Friday, August 7th

Area horse owners will have the opportunity to visit three horse farms in Franklin County on Friday, August 7th. The annual popular driving tour will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m. and should conclude around 2 p.m. Participant registration will be from 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. in the parking lot of the Agriculture Building at 103 S. Bickett Blvd. (401/56 East) in Louisburg.  In addition to three equine farms being visited, educational programs will be conducted at each stop. They include “a pasture walk”, “no-till seeding of pastures”, “latest in equine diseases”, “soil sampling your pastures”, and much more. Sue Gray, Executive Director, NC Horse Council will be the guest speaker during lunch.This year, all new horse facilities will be visited in the morning.

A sponsored, delicious lunch will be at the last stop at the Extension Center Annex in Louisburg. If you plan to attend, you must pre-register by contacting Franklin County Cooperative Extension at (919) 496-3344. Go to http://franklin.ces.ncsu.edu to download a color Horse Farm Tour brochure! Hope to see you on the 7th… and let’s CELEBRATE 20 years of LEARNING and SHARING KNOWLEDGE!… Lot’s of great doorprizes also!

Forage & Beef Management Tips for July/August/September


** Stick to a four to six week schedule application of nitrogen on summer grasses.

** Maintain harvesting frequency for quality hay.

** Hot, dry weather can result in nitrate and prussic acid poisoning of animals grazing stunted, highly fertilized summer annuals. (Note: no problem with prussic acid poisoning with pearl millets, however).

** Decide which fescue pastures will be stockpiled for winter grazing. Nitrogen (60 to 80 lbs./acre) should be applied between August 7 and September 1.


** Prepare good seedbeds and plant on time — especially alfalfa and other legumes.

** If legumes are to be sod-seeded into grass pastures in the autumn, plan the grazing program so those pastures can be grazed close (1 to 2 inches) by planting time.

** Use good-quality inoculant and good methods to obtain the best legume seedling development.

** Apply limestone to pastures with pH below 5.8 to be overseeded next spring.

** Start harvesting corn silage in the hard dent stage and when the dry matter is in the range of 35 to 40%.

** Fertilize warm-season grasses.

** Fertilize fescue/orchardgrass and keep animals off the pastures to be stockpiled for winter grazing.


*** Prepare good seedbeds and plant on time— especially legumes. Remember the best time to plant cool season grasses in the piedmont is August 25th – September 15th.

*** If legumes (clovers, alfalfa, etc.) are to be sod-seeded into grass pastures in the autumn, plan the grazing program so those pastures can be grazed close (1 to 2 inches) by planting time.

*** Use good-quality inoculant and good methods to obtain the best legumes seedling development.

*** Plant cool-season legumes such as ladino, sod clover, and alfalfa into tall fescue sods.

*** Keep the grazing pressure on the summer grasses and completely use them before grazing cool-season forages.

*** Watch for fall insects (armyworms, grasshoppers, crickets) on established and seedling stands of forages.

*** Fertilize and lime cool-season grasses. Remember soil sample testing w/ NCDA & CS is FREE until November 30th (after $4 per sample fee).

*** Plant winter annuals on prepared seedbed for earliest fall grazing. No-till planting can be successful, but will not usually be ready to graze as soon after planting as on prepared seedbed.

*** Overseed or no-till winter annual legumes or grasses onto summer perennial grasses (such as, bermudagrass) after they have been closely grazed. Planting early may require that herbicides be used to suppress the existing grass growth.

*** Make a winter feed supply inventory so deficiencies can be avoided now (by purchasing hay or planting more winter pasture).

*** Be wary of prussic acid poisoning in grazing sudan and sorghum-sudans after the first few frosts.

Updating Franklin County Hay Directory

We are updating the Hay Directory in the county since many of you may have quality hay to market, particularly horse quality hay. If you have excess hay to sell, contact Cooperative Extension, at 919-496-3344, and provide the necessary information, such as type of hay, size of bales, your contact information, etc. We have numerous livestock and horse owners throughout the year requesting how to locate hay. The list will also be posted on our farmer marketing website. Look for “Hay Directory.”

Youth Livestock Showmanship Clinic to be Held: Sunday, August 9th

Area youth in the region are invited to participate in a youth livestock showmanship clinic on Sunday, August 9th at Wildwynn Stables in Youngsville beginning at 5:00 p.m.    Sheep, Goat, and Cattle Showmanship will all be discussed and demonstrated. At 6:30 p.m., a hotdog cookout with all the trimmings will be served for those in attendance.  Youth who plan to show during the September 25th ‘4-County Junior Livestock Show,’ to be hosted by Granville County, are strongly encouraged to attend and bring their animals.

During this event, animal ID’s will also be checked based on submitted entry form information which is due Friday, July 31st at the Extension Center in Louisburg. Other topics of discussion include Farm Premise Information, Scrapie Tags, etc. in preparation for other livestock shows including the State Fair. Market animals preparing for the NC State Fair also have mandatory examination and tagging dates scheduled across the state, http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/an_sci/extension/animal/4hyouth/Calendar%20of%20Events.htm with additional information found at: http://www.ncstatefair.org/2015/FAQ.htm.

Entry forms, Rules & Regulations, etc. for the 4-County Livestock Show can be found at http://franklin.ces.ncsu.edu or call the Franklin County Extension Center at (919) 496-3344.

Other Calendar of Events:

Week of July 27th

Youth in the area will be participating in the “Junior Chef Program” where they will visit local farms, both meat and vegetable farms, in the morning in Franklin County, purchase fresh ingredients, and return to the Extension Center to prepare delicious, fresh, healthy lunches with the local food. The last day of the program, Friday, July 31, the youth will visit the Governor’s Mansion where they will meet the Executive Chef, tour the Mansion’s “food garden”, and then have lunch prepared for them by the Chef.

Area Forestry Mill Plant Tour Coming… this Fall…. Date to be Determined!

July 29: Franklin County Beekeepers Association Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Annex meeting (Meet last Wednesday of the month!)

August 21: Annual LOCAL Food Roast, Louisburg; serving local raised foods!

September 15th: Deadline for all entries for 2013 NC State Fair, Raleigh. www.ncstatefair.org for details!

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Photo of Martha MobleyMartha MobleyExtension Agent, Agriculture (919) 496-3344 martha_mobley@ncsu.eduFranklin County, North Carolina
Updated on Dec 8, 2017
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