The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) was developed to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock production. The purpose is to fend off antibiotic-resistant diseases in humans. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that 2 million people in the United States suffer from antibiotic-resistant bacteria infections every year. The concern is that extensive use of antibiotics…… Continue reading New Rules Take Medicated Livestock Feeds Off the Shelf
Whatever stage you are in as a new farmer, one of the best things you can do is to read extensively. We have picked out 10 must-reads to get you going.
Many involved in agriculture, commercial or entrepreneurial, feel that technology will shape the future.
Are you ready for fall? Spend a little time watching the birds, caring for the animals, and stocking the pantry. Invest in a dog owner’s home veterinary handbook.Feed your backyard birds.Discover why people built round barns.Stock up for the winter.Learn about pH.Weigh the pros and cons of draft animals.Explore the K-State weather data library.Open up…… Continue reading Get Ready for September 2016
Even when the afternoons are too hot for outdoor work, you can still make the most of the time with research and planning. Spend some time studying business, marketing, nutrition, animal health, and more. Consider new ways to direct market your beef. Find out how reproduction and animal health are related. Discover 96 horse breeds…… Continue reading Get Ready for August 2016
June is just around the corner. Take some time to sharpen your knowledge of farming, music, crafts, and history. Find out how glyphosate-resistant crops work.Brush up on your mandolin technique.Teach your kids how to knit on those rainy days.Discover the story of the Stetson hat.Make a strawberry shortcake.Collect five things every beginning charcoal artist needs.Consider…… Continue reading Get Ready for June 2016
We have updated our vitamin guide to include country pets, those special cats and dogs that share our lives and help us out around the farm. In addition to information on vitamins in livestock nutrition, you will now find details applicable specifically to pets: Natural sources of vitamins tailored to carnivores. Causes of vitamin deficiency…… Continue reading Our Vitamin Guide—Updated!
While no book can replace firsthand experience, sometimes a well-written book by a knowledgeable author can make the process of gaining experience a little easier. When it comes to your dog’s health, the Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook by Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, and James M. Giffin (the first three…… Continue reading Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook
Is there a practical function for a chicken’s comb? The answer is yes—several functions. Here are some of the uses that a chicken’s comb serves.
When people began turning to raw diets to improve their health, perhaps it was only natural that they started to wonder if raw foods might benefit their pets, as well. Today, raw diets for dogs and cats have a dedicated following. Success stories abound. So are these diets all they are cracked up to be,…… Continue reading Pros and Cons of Feeding Pets Raw Diets