Recent Blog Posts

  • Caring for Backyard Chickens in Winter

    December 1, 2020
    Chickens are becoming more and more widespread in suburban areas, and a backyard flock can be a wonderful part of sustainable living. To keep your chickens healthy, comfortable, and productive in winter, however, it is important to provide them with the proper cold weather care.
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  • Shop Local This Holiday Season

    December 1, 2020
    Whether you need to purchase gifts, greeting cards, dinner fixin's, baked goods, twinkle lights, decorations or even just some extra chairs, a new welcome mat, spare bedding or one more air mattress, the holiday season can seem like it's all about shopping.
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  • Getting Wild Birds Ready for Winter

    November 1, 2020
    Wild Birds are well equipped for changing seasons, not only by migrating south but also by getting heavier, warmer plumage, eating a winter-friendly diet, and gathering in groups to share the hard work of finding food and shelter when those resources are scarce.
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  • Why Is Water Critical for Your Pet’s Health?

    November 1, 2020
    We all know the importance of staying hydrated and how critical water is for our health, but what about pets? How important is water for your pet’s health, and how can you be sure they have enough water to stay healthy and hydrated?
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  • October Garden Ideas

    October 15, 2020
    Fall is in full force in October, and it is a great month to be active in the garden. From wrapping up the last harvests to winterizing the garden to awesome autumn fun, there are great ways to keep busy in the garden all month long.
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  • Chicken Molting Tips

    October 1, 2020
    Molting is an essential part of chickens’ growth and health, but losing and replacing feathers is also a messy, stressful process. Taking steps to help chickens with molting can minimize the stress and keep your backyard flock happy and healthy.
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  • Keeping your Hens Healthy and Laying This Fall

    September 15, 2020
    Autumn is upon us and it's time to say hello to fresh air and goodbye to stifling hot temperatures. Of course, if you’re raising chickens for eggs, you will need to take a few steps to ensure your hens stay in production during the fall and winter months.
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  • How and When to Can Summer Vegetables

    September 1, 2020
    A bountiful garden doesn’t have to be a source of delicious, nutritious food only while it is actively growing and ripening. If you plan how and when to can summer vegetables, you can enjoy all your produce throughout the year. Why Bother Canning?
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  • Ridding Your Dog of Skunk Smell

    August 15, 2020
    If you live in a rural area, the threat of your dog getting sprayed by a skunk is always looming. If you’ve never had the distinct “pleasure” of your dog getting sprayed, it’s like having a wet dog come into your house…times 10.
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  • Overcoming Calf Health Issues

    August 1, 2020
    An unhealthy calf can be a strain on both beef and dairy farming, but many calf health issues can be overcome if they are recognized early and properly treated. By staying alert to your animals and providing them with exceptional care, you can easily raise healthy, productive calves.
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  • Boost Your Cattle Respiratory Vaccine Program

    July 15, 2020
    Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) and other respiratory ailments can be costly, deadly infections in any cattle herd, but if you boost your cattle respiratory vaccine program, you can minimize the risks and keep your animals healthy and productive.
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  • Hot Weather Horse Riding Tips

    July 1, 2020
    Summer can be a great time for riding, with longer days and more time to explore a variety of trails, work on new skills, or prepare for upcoming shows and competitions.
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  • Weaning a Calf

    June 1, 2020
    Weaning a calf can be a delicate decision and should be made with several considerations in mind. When it is time for weaning, proper nutrition and a gentle process is essential to ensure successful weaning for healthy calves and cows.
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  • Creating a Wild Bird Sanctuary in Your Backyard

    June 1, 2020
    No matter what size your yard, what type of climate you have, or what your level of gardening or landscaping experience, you can create a wild bird sanctuary in your backyard.
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  • Parasites and Pasture Management

    May 1, 2020
    Efficient, thoughtful pasture management can work wonders for controlling parasites in your livestock. By understanding the connection between parasites and your pasture, you can implement management techniques to make the most of every field while minimizing parasite problems.
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  • Plant a Victory Garden During Coronavirus

    May 1, 2020
    Victory gardens have often been popular in times of adversity, whether it is wartime, economic depressions, or other strenuous periods. Most common during World War I and World War II, these at-home plots have served many purposes, and they can be just as helpful during the coronavirus pandemic.
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  • ​Free Range Chicken Care

    April 1, 2020
    Raising free range chickens can be a challenge, but it can be well worthwhile for a more robust, healthier, more productive flock. But what makes free range chickens so desirable, and what special needs do they have for their care?
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  • Entertaining Pets While Social Distancing

    April 1, 2020
    When social distancing is necessary, we have many options to entertain ourselves – books, videos, working from home, cleaning, gardening, board games, texting, online games, crafts, podcasts, and much more – but what about pets?
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  • Ridding Your Horse Of Thrush

    March 1, 2020
    One of the worst things for your horse to have is hoof problems. One of those problems is when your horse develops thrush. Here is what it is and how you should treat it according to Equisearch.
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  • How to Feed a Horse With Ulcers

    March 1, 2020
    Ulcers – sores in the gastric lining of the stomach or colonic ulcers in the hindgut – can make feeding a horse a proper diet more challenging.
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  • The Importance of Selecting Quality Hay

    February 1, 2020
    Whether you have horses, cattle, sheep, goats or other livestock, good quality hay is an essential part of their diet, and it is important to choose only the best hay to feed your animals.
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  • Horse Dental Care

    February 1, 2020
    A horse's teeth change throughout its life and proper dental care is essential for your horse to be comfortable feeding, grazing and carrying a bit. But what types of problems can develop, and how should they be taken care of? Does Your Horse Have Tooth Problems?
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  • The Importance of Extra Hay During Winter Months

    January 1, 2020
    It is true that during the winter months riding your horse can become a scarce occasion. This means that your horse’s diet must also change. Since the horse is not as active during these cold months, it requires fewer calories.
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  • Is Your Puppy Ready for Adult Dog Food?

    January 1, 2020
    A puppy’s nutritional needs are different than those of adult dogs, but as your puppy grows, how will you know when it is time for adult dog food? The answer is more complicated than just your puppy’s age, but it is possible to make a safe and healthy choice for your growing friend.
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  • Tips to Keep Pets and Christmas Trees Separate

    December 1, 2019
    In many homes, a beautifully decorated Christmas tree is the undisputed centerpiece of holiday decorations. Unfortunately, the garlands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments are just as attractive to pets, but can be dangerous if cats and dogs decide this unusual tree is a new and fascinating toy.
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