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Livestock Seasonal Price Variation
Seasonal price movements can be measured and used to help in marketing livestock. This publication includes 10-year seasonal price indexes for several livestock categories, and explains how to interpret and use the information. Read more...
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Livestock Basis
Knowledge of historical basis patterns can be useful when estimating expected sale or purchase prices at the conclusion of a futures or options hedge, when evaluating a current cash market quote, and when forecasting cash prices. This publication explains how livestock basis is computed, outlines an approach to developing a history of local basis levels, and discusses how historical basis data can be used to forecast basis.
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Raising Fowl And Small Animals in Urban Areas
Raising hobby fowl like pigeons, cage birds, ornamental fowl and small laying flocks is an increasingly popular pastime for urban residents. While at the same time, city limits and subdivisions seem to advance further into the rural countryside. Most of us can appreciate the pleasures and benefits of raising birds and small animals. It is a relaxing activity that offers an insight into other forms of life and basic life processes. People enjoy the companionship of their birds and the social activities which come from club activities and competitions.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Chickens
I have raised chickens, read about chickens and talked about chickens since I was a kid and continue to have many of the same questions asked of me today as were asked many years ago. There have been great changes in the poultry industry over the last 20 years from equipment to management to growth rate of birds. The equipment used today is highly sophisticated which allows for more micro-management of chickens raised commercially. With these changes and improved genetics and nutrition, a modern day broiler can gain about 4 to 5 pounds of body weight by six weeks of age. However, there are several factors that remain constant for the backyard poultry grower in relation to raising chickens. Several of these topics will be briefly answered in this backyard poultry tip.
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Poultry for the small Producer
Although the major supply of eggs and poultry meat in the U.S. is produced by commercial producers, many people prefer to produce their own. A variety of reasons can be given for home production, not the least of which is the desire to care for and be around growing animals. Chickens can be raised in a small area and require a minimum of daily care. However, anyone considering small flock production must look at a variety of elements before arriving at a decision.
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Broiler Production: Considerations for Potential Growers
Broiler production is the third largest agriculture revenue generator in our state and represents one of the fastest growing industries in Oklahoma.
This fact sheet discusses factors which someone evaluating broiler production as an alternative and/or complementary farm enterprise should consider. Factors to consider range from the availability of an integrator to waste management and environmental considerations.

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Water Quality Guide for Livestock and Poultry
Good quality water, in adequate supply, is essential to the health and proper growth of animals. The amount of water consumed by animals varies with the species, growth stages of the animals, and during pregnancy and while nursing.
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Careers in Poultry -- Boundless Opportunities
The poultry industry in the U.S. has experienced phenomenal growth during the past several decades. In 1950, the average American consumed just 25 pounds of poultry per year. Consumption is now four times that. Poultry represents the single largest source of agricultural sales in Georgia, accounting for approximately 40% of agricultural income and employing over 100,000 people statewide. With the popularity of poultry products continuing to increase worldwide, the future looks even brighter.
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Predators: Thieves in the Night
Poultry producers should be aware of the possibility of losses to predators. Owners of small flocks usually have more difficulty with predators than those with large flocks, primarily due to differences in housing. Small flocks are sometimes housed in buildings that need repair or are not specifically designed for poultry. As a result, predators have less difficulty gaining access to the birds.
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Home Processing of Poultry
Processing is the final step in the production of broiler chickens. As the saying goes "last, but certainly not least." The quality of the final product is dependent on proper processing. Processing of chickens involves the steps discussed herein.
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Designing Eggs for Butter Nutrition
Now, medical opinion has shifted, and doctors are more concerned about saturated fat as a risk factor in heart disease. The USDA Dietary Guidelines, designed to promote good health, recommend that of the total calories we consume, no more than 30 percent should come form fat.
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Florida's Commercial Broiler Industry
Broilers (also called fryers or frying chickens) are meat-type chickens usually marketed at 4-10 weeks of age, depending on the body weight desired. Broilers are used for products such as Cornish Hens (about 4 wk of age and 2.85 lb), chicken for fast food restaurants (about 6 wk of age and 4.1 lb), chicken for grocery stores (about 7.5 wk of age and 6.0 lb), and deboned chicken for sandwiches, nuggets, etc. (about 8.5 wk of age and 6.5 lb). Increasingly, further-processed products like microwave oven-ready or marinated items are being developed and marketed.
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Ratite Industry Current Status
From its beginning in the mid-1980s until the mid-1990s, the U.S. ratite industry (ostrich, emu and rhea) was almost totally a breeder production system. Bird prices were very high and all birds, even those very marginal in quality, were marketed as breeders. By 1996, the breeder market had reached the saturation point at which supply met or surpassed the demand. As a result, prices of birds decreased dramatically. However, prices for high quality, proven breeders remained profitable.
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Quail for Home Consumption
Hobby and backyard producers are becoming more interested in producing quai for home comsumption. Tasty and known for their gourmet quality, quail are inexpensive to produce and require little space. for as long as 2 weeks. Meats that are only smoked and not cured can be stored no longer than other cooked meats. Read more...