Get Ready for August 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 breedsContinue reading “Get Ready for August 2016”

Get Ready for July 2016

Summer can be very busy, but don’t forget to learn and brainstorm.  Spend some time enjoying nature, researching animals, and growing healthy plants. Brush up on your birdwatching vocabulary. Discover how wood type affects the sound of your guitar. Explore the 11 physiographic regions of Kansas. Learn about rare and popular breeds of livestock. ConsiderContinue reading “Get Ready for July 2016”

What is Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)?

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a unique and somewhat controversial nutrient.  Linoleic acid is an essential polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid.  It necessary for the proper functioning of the human body but cannot be produced internally.  It must be obtained from the diet. The word conjugated refers to the unique structure of this particular form ofContinue reading “What is Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)?”

Our Vitamin Guide—Updated!

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 deficiencyContinue reading “Our Vitamin Guide—Updated!”

Pros and Cons of Feeding Pets Raw Diets

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”

What is Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP)?

Although an understanding of biology is not essential to raising plants or animals, it can make the process even more enjoyable than it already is.  Biology can help us interpret the phenomena that we see and experience every day.  It can also help us think up creative solutions for the challenges that we face. SoContinue reading “What is Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP)?”