Siting Your Farm Building

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When siting a new barn or other farm building, according to Karl Vandevender, the first critical point is:  No site’s perfect.

Quarantining for Overall Health

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The importance of isolating a sick animal Treating sick animals simply comes with the job of raising livestock. It can be devastating if a disease...

Beware, Pollen is Everywhere

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Though the cooler weather is welcomed, the foliage is changing and weeds and other plants release pollen that can send allergy sufferers indoors.

Dollars From Your Land

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Where to Hunt and Fish, LLC, is providing an opportunity for landowners/ranchers to derive income from their land. A new online site is set up to provide a service for landowners to allow hunting and fishing on their property for a fee. Where to Hunt and Fish, LLC, is the brainchild of two young men from Arkansas, Jeremy Schreckhise and Barry Rowton.

Conserving Hay Supplies

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The nutrition a cow gets out of hay is a function of how much she consumes to the amount of energy and protein contained in the hay. With hay that is overly mature, the fiber is less digestible causing the hay to move through the digestive system more slowly. Higher quality forages contain larger concentrations of important nutrients so animals consuming these forages will be more likely to meet their nutritional needs. Higher quality forages are fermented more rapidly in the rumen.

Record Keeping

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The farming community can truly benefit from developing their financial record keeping skills. By having a budget to review regularly, and maintaining and filing business-related records, farm families will create an organized, reliable personal database that can help quickly respond to government requirements or lender requests for information. It can also help farmers see a “big picture” view of their operations and plan ahead.

Is Solar Power Worth it?

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Summer drought brings about concerns of providing fresh drinking water to livestock. Surface water availability becomes unreliable, as well as, unhealthy. The need for well water as a continuous water source, especially for cattle, becomes the best solution.

Poultry Industry Outlook

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It’s been a rough go for the chicken business. Over the last five years, major processors hemorrhaged money; because the processors own the birds, which are raised by contract producers, the companies have had to absorb the record feed prices caused by increasing biofuel production and weather-shortened crops; at the same time, due to the slumping economy, they haven’t been able to pass those costs along to consumers.

Nutrition for the Birds

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As a producer, you want to make sure that the animals under your charge are always receiving the proper care.

Selling Meat Off Your Farm

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Direct marketing livestock is a popular outlet producers are evaluating for their farm operations, but entering this type of venture requires substantial research. Although a producer might gain more profit from direct marketing livestock, they will wear a variety of hats in the process. 

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