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Bottle feeding kid goats

Jun 03, 2020

After kids consume their colostrum, they can be left with the doe to nurse or started on milk replacer, such as LAND O LAKES® Doe's Match® Kid Milk Replacer.  ​ When bottle feeding, keep kids on a proper feeding schedule and restrict intake, since overfeeding can lead to diarrhea, bloat and even death due to Clostridium perfringens, which thrive on excessive starches and sugars in the digestive tract (this is called “overeating disease” or enterotoxemia).

Dairy Calf Nutrition Without Compromise

Jun 03, 2020

Jacquier is co-owner of Laurelbrook Farm, a 1,100-cow enterprise near East Canaan, Ct. The farm is owned and managed by Jacquier; his father, Peter; and his brother, Bobby. The third-generation dairyman also is raising a fourth with his wife, Jennifer: daughter, Morgan, and son, Colby are involved in day-to-day operations on the dairy, along with Bobby’s children, Austin, Dalton, Shelby, Bailey and Kayla.

Colostrum Quality Influences Long-term Health

May 29, 2020

The colostrum you fed a heifer calf this morning is one of the main predictors of her health as both a calf and a cow. What factors influence the quality of that colostrum? Sheila McGuirk, retired Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, discusses issues that can affect colostrum quality, and how it can be improved.  

Ration Balancer for Horses

May 29, 2020

Horses have evolved over millions of years as grazers, roaming around selecting the best forages they could find. However, today’s horses are typically limited to a single type of forage in one geographic area. Pastures in the same area or even different sections of the same pasture can have inconsistent nutrient values. Unfortified grains such as straight oats and corn can also have variable amounts of protein, minerals and vitamins.

Free Range Backyard Chickens, the Responsible Way

May 22, 2020

They provide high-quality fertilizer, aerate the soil and love snacking on pesky insects. Let them roam and they’ll reward you for it. Backyard flocks come in all shapes and sizes. No matter how much backyard space you have or the climate you live in, nothing should hold you back from giving your chickens a free-range diet they love.

Feeding the Food Chain: How to Grow Big Fish

May 15, 2020

The size of the thrill, however, is directly related to the strength of the tug — the bigger the bend, the better. So wouldn’t it be great if the fish in your pond were as big as possible? Wouldn’t it be nice if your pond not only had big fish, but more of them?

Is Your Mini Pigs Weight Out of Wack?

May 15, 2020

A proactive approach to managing weight can keep your mini pig happy and healthy.  It’s said that good things come in small packages. Perhaps that’s why mini pigs are making a comeback as one of today’s hottest pets. Questions to ask before owning a mini pig

Egg Production and Gathering

May 08, 2020

Here are some quick facts and tips about egg production and gathering. It is not necessary for a rooster to be present for egg laying to begin, but without a rooster, all eggs will be unfertilized.Hens will be at peak production at about 30 weeks.80 percent to 90 percent is considered excellent egg production (100 percent = 1 egg per hen, per day), but breed, housing, weather, management, parasite load and nutrition can all affect the rate of lay of your hens.

5 Showmanship Tips for Cattle

May 08, 2020

Early mornings and late nights are consumed washing, feeding, clipping and practicing. All of that work accumulates for ‘5 minutes of fame’ – the brief time when an animal walks into the ring and gets a chance to impress the judge. After a few laps around the ring, exhibitors get a chance to display their animal’s side profile, then animals are pulled in, placed and the class is over. 

How to Feed Calf Starter

May 01, 2020

Begin offering calf starter three days after the calf is born. Provide a handful of calf starter in a shallow bucket and gradually increase the amount of starter as calves grow. For optimal calf growth and nutrition, feed fresh calf starter and water daily.  Calves ranging in age from 1 day to 12 weeks old have different nutritional needs, and calf starter needs are no exception.

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