Livestock News

Dog Vaccination Schedule for Puppy’s First Year

Apr 12, 2021

Your new puppy needs a series of vaccinations in the first year of life to protect him from many dangerous diseases as his puppy immune system develops. Different veterinarians recommend slightly different vaccination schedules and vaccines according to the specific dog’s risk factors.  

Fly-Control Minerals for Cattle

Apr 05, 2021

With spring here, it’s time to begin planning for the coming fly season. Fly season typically runs from the last frost in the spring to just after the first frost in the fall, when warmer weather allows these pests to thrive. These external parasites can be quite costly in terms of lost production, treatment costs, and disease transmission, taking a significant toll on animals’ comfort and the operation’s bottom line.  

Washing Eggs

Mar 29, 2021

There are many safe ways to prepare eggs for eating. With a little common sense and knowledge of egg anatomy, you can rest assured that your backyard eggs are safe and healthy to consume. The FDA lays out guidelines.   

Misconceptions about rain rot in horses

Mar 22, 2021

You might be surprised to learn that rain rot is not a skin condition that occurs only due to neglect or poor care of the horse. Even the most diligent horse owner who provides the best care can have a horse experience rain rot.  

What Goes Around, Comes Around

Mar 16, 2021

A carefully planned insecticide rotation program can help guard against horn fly resistance. Last year alone, horn flies cost the U.S. beef and dairy industry an estimated $1 billion in lost profits. If that wasn’t bad enough, studies show that mini horn fly populations have developed a resistance to commonly used organophosphate and pyrethroid insecticides.

Pros and Cons of Hatching Your Own Baby Chicks

Mar 08, 2021

Are you thinking about incubating eggs and hatching your own chicks? It can certainly be a rewarding experience, and one that offers up some exciting possibilities for your flock. It’s important to consider all the factors before jumping in. Below are some of the main “pros” and “cons” when it comes to incubating and hatching your own chicken eggs.  

Four Frequently Asked Questions about Calf-Manna for Rabbits

Mar 01, 2021

Calf-Manna has been fed to many species on the farm and in the barn during its 80-year history. It has become a go-to solution for many rabbit breeders, helping to solve a wide variety of problems and get their show bunnies ready to do their thing. A quick internet search reveals a great deal of interest in Calf-Manna by rabbit owners.  

Pros and Cons of Raising Turkeys

Feb 22, 2021

Turkeys are amazing creatures, and though some people began with the Black Spanish turkey flock with the intention of filling the freezer each fall, many have found turkeys have wonderful personalities and make amazing pets as well.  

Rhode Island Red Chickens

Feb 15, 2021

Rhode Island Reds are one of the most popular chicken breeds for backyard flocks for a variety of reasons. They are dual-purpose, which makes them perfect for small homesteads, as well as amazing layers of large brown eggs. In fact, a well-fed Rhode Island hen can lay as many as six to seven eggs a week. They are very hardy in a variety of climates and many say their “RIR” hens to be exceptionally docile.  

Freshen Up on Chicken Terminology

Feb 08, 2021

If you are just getting started raising chickens, you might be coming across numerous terms and jargon with which you are unfamiliar. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! See below for a great list of common chicken terms and their definitions.  

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