Living the Country Life Radio Program: Week of March 12, 2012 | Living the Country Life

Living the Country Life Radio Program: Week of March 12, 2012

John Deere Maintenance Monday: Loading ramp safety

In this edition of Maintenance Monday, we're answering a question from James in Alabama. He wants to buy a ramp for loading his lawn tractor into the back of a truck, and would like some tips for loading it safely.

Radio interview source: Dick Parish, Ag Engineering Consultant, Ag Machinery Engineering

Listen here: John Deere Maintenance Monday: Loading ramp safety

John Deere Maintenance Monday: Drawbar hitch

In this edition of Maintenance Monday, we're answering a question from Jason in West Virginia. He's wondering how he can make the best use of the drawbar on his new compact tractor. With the right linkage, there are many uses for a drawbar.

Radio interview source: Phil Lauer, John Deere Product Manager, John Deere

Listen here: John Deere Maintenance Monday: Drawbar hitch

Getting a cow to accept her calf

When a cow gives birth, her maternal instincts should kick in so she'll immediately tend to her baby. Unfortunately, some cows will reject their calf and not allow it to nurse. Assess the situation with a few tricks up your sleeve to help bond mother and baby.

Radio interview source: Dr. Michelle Arnold, Ruminant Extension Veterinarian, University of Kentucky

Listen here: Getting a cow to accept her calf

Safety precautions for electric fencing

Touch an electric fence and you'll get a very memorable shock. Taking safety precautions will protect you and your animals from injury.

Radio interview source: Tom Cadwallader, Emeritus Extension Professor, University of Wisconsin

Listen here: Safety precautions for electric fencing

Loan programs for small farmers

Maybe you have an idea for a small business on your acreage or ranch but aren't sure where to get the money. With a solid plan, proper management skills, and good credit history, getting a loan is easier than you think.

Radio interview source: Gary Matteson, Farm Credit Council

Listen here: Loan programs for small farmers

Finding baby animals

When you find a wildlife baby that's all alone, your first instinct is to help it. Quite often a baby animal that appears to be abandoned is not. The parents may be out hunting or hiding nearby. Unless its injured or you know it's truly orphaned, it's best to leave it be.

Radio interview source: Michele Wellard, Assistant Wildlife Rehabilitator, The Schuykill Center for Environmental Education

Listen here: Finding baby animals

Tips for spring manure application

Livestock manure that is collected over the winter is often spread on the fields in the spring. Have the soil tested, the manure analyzed for nutrients, and plan the application to ensure correct nutrient management.

Radio interview source:Tamilee Nennich, Extension Dairy Specialist, Purdue University

Listen here: Tips for spring manure application

Country View: Suzanne Schmid - Meat jewelry - Springfield, IL

One person's breakfast is another person's belt buckle. Artist Suzanne Schmid has always loved working with meat, so when she designed her own line of jewelry, she discovered that bacon isn't just for eating anymore.

Radio interview source: Suzanne Schmid, Owner, Zanne Avenue Jewelry

Listen here: Country View: Suzanne Schmid - Meat jewelry - Springfield, IL

Fighting lawn diseases

As spring unfolds you may see unsightly brown patches and discolored turf in the yard. This may mean that your grass is sick. Get the upper hand on lawn diseases by keeping the grass healthy.

Radio interview source: Dr. Van Cline, Senior Agronomist, Toro

Listen here: Fighting lawn diseases

Antibiotics for cattle

There are two primary uses for antibiotics in cattle - treating infection in a sick animal, and for improving feed efficiency and growth. Responsible antibiotic use and management is the key to ensuring quality beef.

Radio interview source: Dr. Steve Blezinger, Animal Management/Nutrition Consultant, Reveille Livestock Concepts

Listen here: Antibiotics for cattle

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