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Show off your knowledge of one of the softest, fuzziest animals there is! Here are some fun facts about alpacas.
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A few ways to protect your animals and minimize losses
Livestock producers lose thousands of sheep, lambs, and other animals to predators, leading to millions of dollars in losses. Coyotes, bobcats, even domestic dogs are enemy number one. Charlie Lee...
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Walk through your pasture and look for discarded car batteries
Cattle come down with a lot of different illnesses, but lead poisoning is preventable just by walking the pasture and picking up discarded car batteries, linoleum, and old caulking materials. Any age...
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Pumpkin is a good source of energy and protein for beef cattle
After Halloween, the market for pumpkins takes a huge dive. Your pumpkin patch is probably littered with pumpkins that are broken or blemished, and others didn’t sell. They’re just left...
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Find up-to-date research-based information on the nutritional needs of livestock
The National Animal Nutrition Program has put together a database of research-based information on the nutrient needs of livestock. It’s available online, and designed to help develop feeding...
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Cattle sometimes develop a condition that causes their hooves to grow abnormally
A hoof condition in cattle called 'curly toe syndrome' or 'corkscrew claw' is painful to the animal and causes lameness. The outside wall of the hoof grows faster than the inside wall...
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Find research-based information on the nutritional needs of livestock
The National Animal Nutrition Program has put together a database of research-based information on the nutrient needs of livestock. It’s available online, and designed to help develop feeding...
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Not all hay comes from the field. Sometimes it’s in a bag
In some areas of the country, good alfalfa hay is hard to come by and even harder to afford. Feeding a product called chaffhaye is an alternative to rounding up hay bales. Chaffhaye is green-...
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Their drinking water has an effect on health, reproduction, and growth
Ponds and creeks provide a convenient source of drinking water for livestock, but they can also serve as a reservoir for disease organisms and toxins. If your animals are showing signs of...
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There are alternatives beyond antibiotics to boost production
For decades, livestock have been given low levels of antibiotics in their diet to keep the animals healthy and improve production. The Food and Drug Administration has to approve these drugs, and...

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