Body Condition Scoring: Horses

Body condition scoring can be a useful tool for horse owners. It can be used to make sure a horse is ready for the winter, the breeding season, or any other time when it is likely to burn calories rapidly. The scoring system for horses uses a nine-point scale: Poor. Obviously extremely emaciated. Bone structures…… Continue reading Body Condition Scoring: Horses

Reproduction & Animal Health

Are you prepared to be challenged?  Here’s a book on raising grassfed cattle that may do just that. The first half of Reproduction & Animal Health: How to Select, Breed, and Manage a Herd for Health and Performance on Grass by Charles Walters and Gearld Fry discusses how to select cattle for breeding purposes.  Cattle consultant…… Continue reading Reproduction & Animal Health

Body Condition Scoring: Dairy Cattle

The body condition scoring system for dairy cattle is slightly different than that commonly used for beef cattle. Scores are based on a five-point system, with 1 being emaciated and 5 being fat. To allow for more precise assessment, however, dairy cattle are typically assigned scores in 0.25 increments. Dairy cattle are scored as follows:…… Continue reading Body Condition Scoring: Dairy Cattle

Body Condition Scoring: Beef Cattle

A body condition score (BCS) is a subjective evaluation of an animal’s weight relative to its size. It helps livestock owners determine whether an animal is too fat, too thin, or just about right by noting the location and thickness of fat deposits. Over the next few weeks, we will summarize the scoring systems generally…… Continue reading Body Condition Scoring: Beef Cattle

Natural Cattle Care

Pat Coleby’s guiding principle seems to be that if you provide the animal with the right vitamins and minerals, it will heal itself.  She seeks to work with the animal’s natural immune system, rather than to suppress it with antibiotics and other drugs. Natural Cattle Care, covering both beef and dairy cattle, demonstrates the application…… Continue reading Natural Cattle Care

Storey’s Guide to Raising Beef Cattle

If you are looking into raising beef cattle, there are quite a few things you need to consider before you purchase your first animals: How do you choose sound cattle?What types of fencing will you need?What feeds and supplements will you provide your cattle with?What if health problems arise? Once you start searching for answers…… Continue reading Storey’s Guide to Raising Beef Cattle

Natural Goat Care

Goat owners, if you can only buy one book on goat health, consider this book by Pat Coleby.  It is guaranteed to quickly become a favorite, one you will refer to often whether you raise goats for milk, meat, or fiber. Coleby’s approach in Natural Goat Care to goat care is unique, based on the principle that…… Continue reading Natural Goat Care