Recent Blog Posts

  • How to Adjust Horses to the Changing Seasons

    September 1, 2012
    Changing seasons can bring about potential problems for horses and their owners. Pasture quality changes with every season, but the changes from summer to fall are especially significant. During the fall, there are often warm sunny days and cool nights.
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  • Tips for Creep Feeding Calves

    September 1, 2012
    Most calves are not likely to reach their maximum potential growth without your help and intervention through a practice known as “creep feeding.
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  • Nutrition Tips for Your Senior Horse

    August 1, 2012
    Just like humans, horses will begin to show signs of deterioration as they reach their senior years. We typically define a “senior” horse as one about fifteen to eighteen years old, although you may notice these changes well outside of this age bracket.
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  • Cooling Down Your Horse When It’s Hot Outside

    August 1, 2012
    When there’s hot weather outside, it’s essential that you keep your horses cool. Here are some tips on keeping their temperature regulated even when the weather is hot: Water The most obvious thing to keep an eye out for is also one of the most important.
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  • Summer Tips for Raising Healthy Goats

    July 1, 2012
    Some people think goats can practically feed and care for themselves. But goats need care and attention, especially in summer. Here are some tips: Water is essential for temperature control, waste excretion, electrolyte balance, digestion and more.
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  • The Products that Make Your Blue Ribbon Possible

    July 1, 2012
    With the number of tools there are for grooming, clipping, feeding, trimming, cooling, and conditioning show animals, it is very easy to get confused about what you really need around to do your best during show season.
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  • Hot Weather Tips for Show Animals

    June 1, 2012
    Summer time can really heat up. Not only with an increase in temperature, but also humidity and wind velocity play a role in ambient conditions that affect show animals. Heat stress can manifest in several ways in animals on feed for show.
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  • Managing Newly Purchased Yearling Bulls

    June 1, 2012
    A performance-tested yearling bull can improve herd performance through increased weaning weights, improved carcass quality and more replacement females, according to Cornell University Beef Cattle Extension Specialist Mike Baker.
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  • Deworming Your Cattle

    May 1, 2012
    When your cattle herd has problems with tape worms, it can wreak havoc with their digestion systems. Knowing what to do about it can save you a lot of problems in the long haul.
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  • Tips for Controlling Flies in Feed Lots and Pastures

    May 1, 2012
    Warmer weather almost always guarantees an increase in the number of flies that can adversely affect cattle performance and health.
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  • Creep Feeding 101

    April 5, 2012
    One practice that often seems to have two totally divided camps of supporters and detractors is creep feeding of beef calves. First let’s define what creep feeding is.
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  • Riding into the Sunset: Ways to Keep Your Senior Horse Active

    April 1, 2012
    As your horse reaches his or her late teens, they may lose some of the sprightliness it showed in its earlier years. The key to keeping your senior horse active is just that: focus on keeping up with consistent exercise, though you may need to reduce the pace and challenge of daily workouts.
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  • Indoor Activities to Keep Your Pet Busy in Winter

    February 1, 2012
    While the coming of winter does mean cozy nights by the fire and hot cocoa, there is no doubt that the switch to life indoors can, at times, be a bit stifling. If you are feeling bouts of excess energy during these months, odds are, so are your pets!
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  • Keeping Wild Birds Healthy

    February 1, 2012
    Bird enthusiasts enjoy watching birds eat and bathe in their backyards. Here are some important tips to help maintain healthy wild birds:• Keep feeders free from debris, droppings and old seed that has gotten wet and possibly moldy. Moldy seed can spread sickness and disease.
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  • Four Basic Steps To Milking A Cow By Hand

    January 1, 2012
    Milking a cow is considered a fairly simple task in the farming world but in actuality it requires many important and essential steps. Here are four steps to milking a cow by hand:Timing and routine is everythingCows are accustomed to routines and therefore you should get into one too.
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  • Controlling Horse Stall Odors

    January 1, 2012
    Controlling horse stall odors begins with the building of the stall itself, so take care to consider the materials you choose in stall flooring.
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  • 10 Step Winter Cattle Feeding Program

    December 1, 2011
    Now is the time to plan your beef herd winter feeding program. Fine-tuning winter feeding management helps optimize performance, but it is also essential for good animal husbandry, according to livestock nutrition and animal health experts with North Carolina State University (NCSU).
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  • Why It’s Important to Have Supplements Always Available for Your Cattle

    December 1, 2011
    Having nutritional supplements always available for your cattle to utilize during critical times can pay dividends.
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  • Tips for Adjusting your Pet to the Holidays and Changing Seasons

    November 1, 2011
    At this time of year, most dogs and cats shed their summer coats in preparation for putting on their winter fur. Tangled, matted hair cannot provide insulation as nature intended. Daily or weekly brushing can help keep fur tangle-free and healthy.
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  • How-to Prepare your Rabbit for Cooler Temperatures

    November 1, 2011
    Autumn is here and the beautiful weather offers a great opportunity to take inventory and start getting your rabbit ready for cold weather. Here are a few tips that will help keep your rabbit happy and healthy as we head toward the winter months.
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  • How Nutrition Affects Hoof Growth

    August 1, 2011
    Hoof quality is affected by several factors including genetics, environment and nutrition. Some horses inherit weak hooves and that can’t be changed, but proper care and nutrition can help develop and maintain the best hooves genetically possible.
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  • Will Creep Feeding Pay in 2011?

    July 1, 2011
    With this year's historically high commodity markets looking us in the face, many beef producers are asking about the merits of creep feeding their calves.
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  • Differences Between English and Western Saddles

    July 1, 2011
    Much of the origins of English and Western riding styles are defined by the practicality of their saddles. Here are some key differences between the saddles and how they correlate back to their respective style. Western riding:Western riding has its roots from cowboys in the west.
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  • Detecting Heat Stroke In horses

    July 1, 2011
    If you detect the symptoms of heat stroke in your horse, you should call your veterinarian immediately.
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  • Seeking Dental Care For Your Horse

    June 16, 2011
    Horses, like humans, can have problems when it comes to their teeth. The solution to these problems is also the same for both: talking to a dentist. The main difference is the dentist’s specialty in the fact that you will want one that is equine-based. Here are some ideas from Dr.
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