Livestock and Toxins 

A vet dressed in a protective suit examine a sick Holstein calf while a farmer holds it.

Even without your knowledge, things that can be toxic to animals might be lying around on your farm, in barns, pastures, or even in water. Identifying and preventing possible toxins for your livestock and identifying signs of poisoning is important.  Plants¬† There could be plants growing in your pasture or in swampy areas that can … Read more

Planning for Winter: Livestock 

A group of highland cattle lay on a snowy area while others eat from a round bale feeder near snow covered trees.

As we head into winter, there are many considerations for livestock owners to make. Making preparations for winter can save you time, money, and stress. Depending on where you live, winter can be harsh on you and your livestock. Taking small steps to prepare can prevent unnecessary stress and difficulties. Check out a few tips … Read more

Farm Animals and Enrichment

Two multicolored young goats sit on cut stumps in a wooded area.

When considering animal care on farms, many farmers focus on nutrition, health, facilities, and other areas necessary for animal production. An area for you to consider when caring for your animals is how enrichment plays a large role in their health and welfare. Environmental enrichment is a way to enhance the physical and mental stimulation … Read more

Organic Pasture Management

Beef cows graze on lush green grass in the morning sun.

For organic and alternative farmers, grazing animals is a large part of their feed program. Pasture is convenient and allows for diversified grazing of lands that may not be useful for raising crops. It is important to carefully manage your pastures to prevent overgrazing, soil depletion, and health problems. With proper care, your pastures can … Read more