Living the Country Life Radio Program: Week of March 26, 2012 | Living the Country Life

Living the Country Life Radio Program: Week of March 26, 2012

John Deere Maintenance Monday: Greasing the lawn tractor

In this edition of Maintenance Monday, we're answering a question from John in Louisiana. He uses a grease gun to lubricate the fittings on his lawn tractor, but can't find any fittings other than the ones on the front end. Where are the others located?

Radio interview source: Gregg Jameson, Factory Service Representative, John Deere

Listen here: John Deere Maintenance Monday: Greasing the lawn tractor

John Deere Maintenance Monday: Adjusting wheel span

In this edition of Maintenance Monday, we're answering a question from Don in Georgia. He wants to know how to increase or decrease the wheel span on his tractor.

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

Listen here: John Deere Maintenance Monday: Adjusting wheel span

Choosing a dump trailer

When hauling material behind the ATV or UTV, you want it dumped easily and quickly. A good quality dump trailer is perfect for many chores around the acreage.

Radio interview source: Keith Evans, Group Manager, Bosski

Listen here: Choosing a dump trailer

Deck safety

Take some time to inspect the structural integrity of your deck to keep family and friends safe. Most failures occur where the deck is attached to the house. Make sure to check all the boards and fasteners, too.

Radio interview source: Dennis Schaefer, Director of Business Development, Archadeck

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Tippy-toed foals

If you have a foal walking on its toes rather than flat-footed, it may have tendon issues. The condition, known as contracted digital flexor tendons, can often be corrected quickly with splints.

Radio interview source: Dr. Eric Carlson, Equine Surgery Resident, University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Listen here: Tippy-toed foals

Farm energy audits

The Natural Resources Conservation Service, or NRCS, has an on-farm energy audit program to help you determine energy use and what you can do to conserve.

Radio interview source: Mark Rose, Program Manager, NRCS

Listen here: Farm energy audits

Country View: Eric Johnson -- Southwood Farm Forge

When Eric and Catharine Johnson saw an opportunity to buy some land in Kearneysville, West Virginia, they took it. The couple discovered that Catharine's ancestors owned that very same ground in the 1740s. The farm is named Southwood after the name of the folks who built a stone house there in the 1790s.

Radio interview source: Eric and Catharine Johnson, Owners, Southwood Farm Forge

Listen here: Country View: Eric Johnson -- Southwood Farm Forge

Treating sick calves

Dull eyes, droopy ears, and a depressed appetite are signs of a sick calf. Understanding the symptoms will help you and your veterinarian bring them back to health.

Radio interview source: Dr. Dee Griffin, Beef Production Management Veterinarian, Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center

Listen here: Treating sick calves

All America Selections

With so many garden seeds on the market, it's hard to choose which to buy. You want your investment to pay off. For the best results, look for the All America Selections label.

Radio interview source: Diane Blazek, Executive Director, All America Selections

Listen here: All America Selections

Caring for pregnant ewes

Careful attention to the ewes during pregnancy will help ensure their babies are born healthy and strong. The key is to meet the ewes' nutritional needs.

Radio interview source: Dr. Dan Morrical, Professor of Animal Science, Iowa State University

Listen here: Caring for pregnant ewes

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