Pros and Cons of Deep-Litter Bedding

While allowing livestock of all types to enjoy the freedom and nutrition of pasture is ideal, there are times when animals may need to be temporarily confined. For instance, you might be raising chicks in a brooder, or you might need to isolate an injured animal in a stall. So how do you keep livestock…… Continue reading Pros and Cons of Deep-Litter Bedding

15 Gifts for the Country Living Enthusiast

Is there someone in your family who loves country living? Show that you care with a gift tailored to their favorite interest this Christmas! Allow us to suggest 15 gifts (in no particular order), ranging from cute to indispensable. 1. You Can Farm For either the newbie or the seasoned agripreneur in need of fresh…… Continue reading 15 Gifts for the Country Living Enthusiast

11 Applications for an Agricultural Interest Besides Farming

Running a farm or ranch is not the only way to cash in on your agricultural interest. These days, there are plenty of fields where a knowledge of agriculture and agricultural sciences can be a plus, and where you will have an opportunity to aid those who have chosen to work the land. Here are…… Continue reading 11 Applications for an Agricultural Interest Besides Farming

Pick-a-Chick

Looking for the best breed of chicken to raise this year? How about a heritage breed? Heritage chicken breeds may not reach the egg or meat production levels of commercial hybrids, but they are often healthier and hardier, not to mention more attractive. For a free-range situation, heritage breeds can’t be beat. The Livestock Conservancy…… Continue reading Pick-a-Chick

What Are Milk Components?

Milk components are a common topic related to dairy cattle. For example, when researching dairy breeds, one fact you will notice is that Jersey cows have more components in their milk than Holsteins do. So what are the components of milk? There are three main categories: Fat.Protein.Other solids. Fat When a cow’s rumen digests fiber,…… Continue reading What Are Milk Components?

What are Scurs?

Merino sheep clipped to display small scurs

Merino sheep clipped to display small scur (dark spot near right ear) Scurs are horny growths that give some livestock owners concern.  When a scurred animal is young, it may look for all the world like it will grow up to have horns.  Fortunately, this is not the case. Cattle, sheep, and goats can all…… Continue reading What are Scurs?