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Get all your ducks in a row (as well as your chickens, sheep, goats and horses) with our winter-prep plan.
Get all your ducks in a row (as well as your chickens, sheep goats, and horses) with our winter-prep plan.
Hobby farm and acreage owners already know that winter can be the hardest season on livestock - as well as their caretakers. Make it easier on everyone by planning for extreme weather while the sun...
Provide fresh, drinkable water for your farm animals this winter when temperatures drop.
Planning now for winter watering chores is essential. No one enjoys thawing a waterer in winter, and subzero temperatures make the job even harder. "Thinking through how you plan to manage your...
Even with fur, dogs and cats can suffer from the cold if they’re not protected
On a chilly winter day my cat likes to snuggle up in the recliner next to the fireplace. I keep telling her how lucky she is that she’s not an outside cat. Drew Hanzlicek is an associate...
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...
Bunnies don’t mind the cold as much as we do, but they need protection from harsh weather
As we’re bundling up for colder temperatures, your rabbits are wondering what the big deal is. They’re hardy critters, and it’s fine to leave them outside in their hutches as long...
Koi are hardy, but need to be cared for over the winter
Koi fish are a beautiful addition to a small pond in the landscape. In many cases you can keep them out there year-round as long as you give them a little T-L-C. Mike Swanson is a pond designer...
A dog’s need for food, shelter, and loving care increases during the cold winter months
Growing up we had an Irish Setter that loved to romp in the snow. She’d dig and roll around in it, but she’d go back to the barn or come inside with us after a short time. Just because...
Give livestock extra attention and care in cold temperatures for optimal production.
Cattle are tough animals in winter conditions, unless those conditions become extreme
The fall of 2013 will be remembered in South Dakota for the freak October blizzard that killed thousands of cattle. They fell victim to hypothermia, suffocation, and other causes. Larry...