Living the Country Life

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Fall feeding and pasture management for your cattle.
Download the FREE Feeding Guide. Use this informative reference tool to help the cattle operation on your farm or acreage become more successful and profitable.
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An economical heifer development program requires goals and strategies
Cow-calf producers want heifers that are able to reproduce and are productive in the herd for a long time. Whether you raise your own or purchase replacement heifers, it’s an investment and can...
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Prevent your livestock from doing the splits by carving grooves into the concrete
I know how I feel when I slip on the ice. Animals that slip on a barn floor and end up with legs-akimbo need help to get back on their feet. Some are so seriously injured they have to be euthanized....
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The giant birds are well-suited for a small farm if you have the time and money
The ostrich industry is growing as an alternative livestock option for small farmers. You can have a breeding pair on as little as a-third-of-an acre. The meat, eggs, and leather can be marketed, as...
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This California couple chucked city life for 50 acres and lots of projects
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Marj and Marion raise ostriches - very carefully
Several years ago, Marj and Marion Striegel of Oskaloosa, Iowa were looking for a way to diversify their small farm. They had previously raised hogs, so the facilities were already in place when they...
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Mooring Hitch
Expert John Sherry shares instructions for the most useful knots
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Eddy Sanders will yak, yak, yak all day about the critters on his farm
Eddy Sanders, his wife Debbie, and his dad, Gene, own Grunniens Yak Ranch in Elbert, Colorado. Yaks are a bovine animal similar to cattle and bison. They can be used as pack animals and pasture pets...
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At the Purina Animal Nutrition Center, animal experts feed more than 3,000 animals on a 1,200-acre working farm every day. Here are some helpful tips they’ve learned over the last 85 years.
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Whether you purchase a bucket calf or wind up with one by chance, these tips from Iowa State University Extension will help ensure it grows up to be healthy.

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