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A big bird related to ostriches and emus
Rheas are a flightless bird native to South America, and the lesser-known smaller cousin of the ostrich and emu. Rheas have gray-brown plumage, long legs, and long necks. Jim Hermes is an...
Put it all under one policy
Farming is one of the riskiest professions in the world. Weather, insects, price fluctuations, and other conditions out of our control make it hard to make a living. When you have many specialty...
Consider the type of animals, the cost, and how strong it needs to be
When you bring livestock onto your acreage, you need good fencing that will protect the animals and your property. Monte Stauffer is an Extension educator at the University of Nebraska. He says...
Keep an eye out for blisters on your pigs
Swine producers large and small need to be on the lookout for the Seneca Virus-A, or Seneca Valley Virus. The number of cases has been on the upswing, and the reason this disease is so important is...
Make sure there's clean, fresh water in each paddock
Rotational grazing is raising livestock on a pasture that’s been divided into sections called paddocks. Animals are rotated between the subdivided areas to prevent overgrazing and let the...
It's more than successfully herding cattle
The term “stockmanship” is one of those words that’s hard to define. It’s usually associated with low-stress livestock handling while getting animals to do what you want them...
Auctions are a great place to buy livestock from cattle to llamas
I showed cattle in 4-H and after the county fair was over, some of them were sold in the auction ring. I would lead the steer around so bidders could see the animal, and the auctioneer would get the...
New rules are going into effect for the use of antibiotics in livestock feed
When food animals get sick, a producer could buy over-the-counter feed infused with an antibiotic - until now. A new 2017 rule by the FDA called the “Veterinary Feed Directive,” goes into...
Efficiently store and use forages
When corn is expensive, many cattle producers are being pushed to feed more forages. However, bad growing conditions can also increase the cost of hay. Any waste in your feeding program is going to...
Show off your knowledge of one of the softest, fuzziest animals there is! Here are some fun facts about alpacas.