Living the Country Life

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Protect livestock from the winter winds by planting a windbreak
Sheep have wool coats, and cattle grow thick hair, but when the winter winds pick up, you might find them huddled against the trees in your pasture. A stand of trees can do a good job of blocking the...
Answers to the challenge of raising piglets outdoors
Farmers raising pigs for niche markets are sometimes prohibited from using farrowing crates. The crates prevent the 450-pound sow from lying on her five-pound piglets. Consumers are also expecting...
Dead leaves and other yard waste can give your horse a bad tummy ache...or worse
When you rake your leaves and other yard waste, don’t throw it over the pasture fence. It should be disposed of or composted in an area far away from horses and other livestock so they don...
An Ohio couple with heritage livestock hopes to rekindle a Christmas tradition
Jennifer and Jason LittleBear of Copley, Ohio, are providing their community with innovative food from old-world animals. Jennifer is the 4th generation on a 22-acre farm that has been in her...
A popular option for small farms
The very first calf I raised in 4-H was a Charolais heifer named Mandy. I was eleven-years-old. Mandy was little when I got her, but she grew a lot bigger by show time – and I didn’t....
The final chapter of a young lady's journey showing cattle
We’ve been following Grace Tusha over the past year in the journey to her final cattle show at the Iowa State Fair. The 18-year old from Garner, Iowa, has been raising and showing cattle most...
Use your pond to water livestock without them walking around in it
If you’ve never siphoned water from your pond to water livestock, it's not a bad idea. Gravity flow systems can do this, and is the most inexpensive way of moving large volumes of water...
The heat is hard on everyone, including your animals. They rely on you to help them stay cool when temperatures rise.
Proper grooming techniques will help your animal stand out
I raised cattle in 4-H for nine-years. On show days, our calves were so well-groomed and pampered it was like one big bovine beauty parlor. They were washed, blow-dried, trimmed, and the hooves were...
Agricultural engineer and flood expert gives advice on preparing your country home and acreage for a flood.
Have a plan to “shelter in place” if roads become impassable, says Ken Hellevang, a North Dakota State University Extension Service agricultural engineer and flood expert. The shelter...