The Polk County Livestock Extension Program is designed to provide educational programs and assistance for livestock producers, and promote agricultural awareness and its importance to our food system and economy.  This agent is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating these livestock Extension programs in Polk County.  The agent delivers educational programs in livestock production and management, forages and pastures, plant science, farm management, and agricultural awareness.


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Bridget Stice

Livestock and Forages

Extension Agent III, M.S.


Recent Livestock Blog Posts

Suwannee Valley Youth Livestock Show & Sale: Rules and Fair Dates

The end of the year is not only the Holiday Season, it is that time when youth begin to prepare for the Livestock Show & Sale at the Suwannee County Fair.  November is the time to buy a small hog/steer to raise to show at the fair and eventually sell at the auction.  Raising an animal for the show not only gives youth an opportunity to make money to save for college, it teaches them responsibility.  They must raise their animal, feed them,


Weed of the Week- Black Cherry

Black Cherry is common across the southern half of the United States. Mature trees span from 50 to 90 feet tall with an oval silhouette shape, and low branches that normally droop to the ground. This native tree is commonly used for landscaping but can also be  found in pastures and along fence lines. The leaves of Black Cherry trees are toxic to livestock following wind damage,


4-H entrepreneur raises farm-fresh turkeys for holidays

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- When Madison Bennett, 16, had a chance to raise poultry through her county 4-H youth development program, she wanted to think outside of the traditional chicken coop. “I wanted to do something unique, so I decided to start my own business, Turkey Time. Now I raise and sell turkeys for Thanksgiving and the holidays,” said Bennett, a member of the Bradford County 4-H program, which is part of the University of Florida