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Living the Country Life Radio Program: Week of March 19, 2012

John Deere Maintenance Monday: Breaking in a new engine

In this edition of Maintenance Monday, we're answering a question from Pete in Virginia. He is planning on purchasing a new John Deere utility tractor soon. Since this is his first new one, he's wondering how to manage the break-in process in regards of how hard to work the tractor, and what oil is recommended.

Radio interview source: Mike Daly, Senior Marketing Representative, John Deere

Listen here: John Deere Maintenance Monday: Breaking in a new engine

John Deere Maintenance Monday: Gear maintenance

In this edition of Maintenance Monday, we're answering a question from Ben in Tennessee. He's been using his utility tractor for moving rocks and clearing land, and has noticed some strange noises coming from the drive train. He wonders if the gears are failing.

Radio interview source: Jason Hayes, John Deere Product Support Analyst, John Deere

Listen here: John Deere Maintenance Monday: Gear maintenance

Safe farm pond fish

Health experts are telling us to eat more fish, but consumers are concerned about possible contaminants. Those who own fish farms in the United States are committed to providing a healthy, safe product.

Radio interview source: Linda O'Dierno, Outreach Specialist, National Aquaculture Association

Listen here: Safe farm pond fish

Senior cat care

Cats are considered "seniors" when they're 11-years old. It's hard to watch your pet show signs of aging, but with the right nutrition and care, your furry feline will be comfortable in its later years.

Radio interview source: Wendy Diamond, Pet Lifestyle Expert, Animal Fair

Listen here: Senior cat care

Mowing basics

Your lawn may never look like a golf course, but proper mowing will help keep it healthy. Keep the blades sharp, set the correct cutting height, and leave the clippings where they fall.

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

Listen here: Mowing basics

Country View: Peter and Nancy Zander - Solar-powered hen house - Katonah, NY

Chicken owners are always looking for ways to make caring for them easier and to keep predators away. Peter and Nancy Zander got fed up with the occasional predator snatching their birds, so Peter developed a solar-powered chicken coop self-sufficient to the point that it moves itself around the yard and deters predators.

Radio interview source: Peter and Nancy Zander, Owners, Front Yard Coop

Listen here: Country View: Peter and Nancy Zander - Solar-powered hen house - Katonah, NY

Weak calf syndrome

Not all calves romp and play minutes after they're born. Weak Calf Syndrome is a term applied to a calf that's born alive, but is slow to stand and may or may not attempt to nurse. Most will die within a few days of birth. Proper maternal health before calves are born is the key to preventing this.

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

Listen here: Weak calf syndrome

Gutter protection

Get on a ladder and clean the gutters on your house. Leaves, nesting birds, and animals can get inside, forming a clog that forces the water to elsewhere. A protective gutter cover will eliminate the majority of debris settling in, and the time you have to spend cleaning them out.

Radio interview source: Tim Croll, Director of Strategic Sales, Monzi, LLC

Listen here: Gutter protection

Milk replacers

Livestock babies that aren't able to nurse from their mother depend on you to feed them. When choosing a milk replacer, think about what mom would provide.

Radio interview source: Larry Van Roekel, Director of Marketing, Animal Milk Products, Land O'Lakes

Listen here: Milk replacers

Allowing campers on your land

If your land has the natural beauty of a park, you may be approached to allow camping. Whether you allow anyone to camp or just a few friends and family, be sure to check out your local regulations first.

Radio interview source: Aaron Steele, Community Planner, Going Rural Guide

Listen here: Allowing campers on your land

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