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Readers of Successful Farming magazine, our sister publication, share their own inventions to make cattle care easier.
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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...
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With autumn upon us, that means winter is just around the corner. Check out these five steps to help keep livestock happy and healthy during the upcoming chilly season.
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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...
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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...
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Create a natural shelter in a wooded area
Livestock such as cattle and sheep are able to tolerate a wide range of weather conditions, but they appreciate shelter from driving snow, and a place to cool off in the heat. Establishing a natural...
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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...
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As new calves arrive, so does the likelihood of infectious disease
Scours is a term for diarrhea in calves under a month old. The condition can strike as early as the first 24-hours after they’re born, and is life-threatening if not treated. It’s caused...