Recent Blog Posts

  • Tips to Keep Chicks Entertained

    March 1, 2015
    Chicks and chickens need stimulation and entertainment to stay healthy, and a healthy, happy chicken is one that will behave better, lay more eggs, and be a more pleasant barnyard or backyard companion.
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  • Starting Seedings Indoors to Kick Start Your Garden

    February 1, 2015
    Starting seedlings indoors has many benefits for gardeners and can increase the productivity and variety of your garden. It's not difficult, but does take some special considerations to be sure the seedlings can thrive both indoors and when they are transplanted. Why Start Seeds Indoors?
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  • Rabbit Tips: The 4-Square Philosophy for Success

    January 1, 2015
    With research and suggestions from rabbit owners and breeders across the nation, Purina has identified the 4-Square Philosophy for Success to help you care for your animals the best you can.
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  • The Role of Antioxidants

    January 1, 2015
    Antioxidants such as vitamin E are beneficial, but how much does your horse actually need? We know antioxidants are important for health, but few people really know what they are or what they do. Simply put, antioxidants fight free radicals. So what are free radicals?
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  • Keeping your Pet Healthy During the Winter

    December 1, 2014
    As it gets cold outside, the potential for harsh weather conditions requires some extra care for your canine and feline friends. Here are some tips to help your pet remain safe and comfortable during the winter months ahead. Provide fresh, clean water at all times.
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  • Tips for Making it a Better Winter for Wildlife

    December 1, 2014
    Winter is just around the corner, and that means deer, elk, game birds, squirrels, chipmunks and wild birds are shifting into survival mode. Because it’s a time of particular stress for wildlife, it also happens to be a time when your actions can have a tremendous impact.
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  • Tips for Adjusting your Pet to the Holidays and Changing Seasons

    November 1, 2014
    At this time of year, most dogs and cats shed their summer coats in preparation for putting on their winter fur. Tangled, matted hair cannot provide insulation as nature intended. Daily or weekly brushing can help keep fur tangle-free and healthy.
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  • Winter Care Tips for Wild Birds

    November 1, 2014
    Winter time can present a battle for survival for wild birds. Their endless quest for food begins at dawn and continues until dusk. They spend their days searching for enough sustenance to store enough energy to endure cold winter nights.
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  • Winterizing Your Flock

    October 1, 2014
    Chickens need 14 to 16 hours of “daylight. ” One of the best ways to keep up egg production is to continue providing supplemental lighting to extend the “daylight” hours until the sun can take over full time. A single 60 to 100 watt bulb set on a timer will suffice.
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  • Weaning a beef calf

    September 1, 2014
    While dairy calves are typically taken away from their mothers a bit sooner, beef calves are left with their mothers to help them grow. Consequently, it is harder to wean them off of their mother’s milk.
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  • How to Adjust Horses to the Changing Seasons

    September 1, 2014
    Changing seasons can bring about potential problems for horses and their owners. Pasture quality changes with every season, but the changes from summer to fall are especially significant. During the fall, there are often warm sunny days and cool nights.
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  • Calming Your Dog During A Thunderstorm

    August 1, 2014
    I once had a dog named Lightning that was so afraid of thunder he would dart behind our couch for cover. Ironic, I know. Dogs are often afraid of the booming noise and will sometimes be so nervous that they shake.
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  • Deworming Your Cattle

    June 1, 2014
    When your cattle herd has problems with tape worms, it can wreak havoc with their digestion systems. Knowing what to do about it can save you a lot of problems in the long haul.
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  • Take Precautions When Introducing Newly Purchased Seed Stock

    June 1, 2014
    To help prevent the introduction of contagious diseases into your herd, bovine veterinary experts recommend that newly arriving cattle, such as seed stock, should be isolated for a minimum of 30 days.
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  • How to Solve Trailer Loading Issues with Your Horse

    April 1, 2014
    Any equine enthusiast is well aware with the struggles associated with loading a horse into a trailer. It’s natural for your horse to experience nervousness and anxiety when being loaded into a trailer whether it ‘s the first or fifteenth time.
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  • Spring Pet Care Tips

    April 1, 2014
    The seasons are changing quickly this year, which may leave us unprepared to contend with all the things that come with warm weather, especially if you're a pet owner. There are a few things you should keep in mind when caring for your pet this spring and into the summer months.
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  • How to Prevent and Minimize Problems When Introducing Horses to Spring Pastures

    March 1, 2014
    For some horses, the advent of spring means that the source of forage changes from hay to fresh grass. If this is the case, the horse owner should take care to minimize the risk of laminitis as horses are exposed to fresh pastures. Why can fresh grass cause laminitis in horses?
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  • Caring For Your Lawn in the Spring

    March 1, 2014
    Neglecting your lawn at this time of year will result in damage that lasts through all four seasons. Therefore, it is important to know what you must do to take care of your lawn in the spring so that you can enjoy a lush, green lawn all year, every year.
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  • Tips for Creating a Living Space for your Baby Chicks

    February 1, 2014
    Newly hatched chicks, ducklings, goslings and turkey poults require that their very basic needs for shelter, warmth, food and water be met in order to survive. Good care and management with a bit of TLC will go a long way in providing a healthy start for your young flock.
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  • Keeping Wild Birds Healthy

    February 1, 2014
    Bird enthusiasts enjoy watching birds eat and bathe in their backyards. Here are some important tips to help maintain healthy wild birds:• Keep feeders free from debris, droppings and old seed that has gotten wet and possibly moldy. Moldy seed can spread sickness and disease.
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  • Tips for Keeping your Goats Healthy during Winter

    January 1, 2014
    Winter is just around the corner. Taking a few simple steps this month to prepare can save you from having to improvise when the thermometer dips in coming weeks. • Shelter.
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  • How to Preserve Your Christmas Tree

    December 1, 2013
    Some people believe that Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a real Christmas tree. In any case, there are some steps you can take to make sure your tree stays healthy and well-preserved throughout the holiday season.
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  • Doggy Danger: Beware of these Holiday Plants

    December 1, 2013
    The Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas holiday trifecta is traditionally characterized by festive and sometimes flamboyant displays of decorations.
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  • Winter Care for Horses

    November 1, 2013
    Cold weather presents horses with some specific nutritional and management demands. As winter approaches it is a good idea to evaluate your horses housing and feeding programs to insure that they get through the cold weather in good shape. All warm-blooded animals have a critical temperature.
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  • The Importance of Extra Hay During Winter Months

    November 1, 2013
    It is true that during the winter months riding your horse can become a scarce occasion. This means that your horse’s diet must also change. Since the horse is not as active during these cold months, it requires fewer calories.
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