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

Calves, Kids, and Lambs in Winter 

Hereford calf tucks into mom as it snows.

You will need clean, dry, warm areas for your new babies, especially in cold and wet weather. Winter can make it especially difficult to monitor young animals’ health status, and bringing them inside may be necessary. While cattle are hardier than sheep and goats, calves are still susceptible to the cold. Having areas sheltered from the … 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

Good nutrition helps organic and alternatively raised livestock thrive

Two piglets munch on grass in the warm morning sun.

Good nutrition is vital to keeping your livestock healthy and happy. Good nutrition directly impacts body condition score, fertility, and milk or egg productivity. A healthy diet also contributes to the ability of your livestock’s immune system to fight disease. Keep in mind your species, age, and health needs. Your climate is a factor too. … Read more

Feed and Water Management on your organic/alternative farm

Close up of hands holding organic feed

Animals need fresh feed and water to stay healthy. Clean feed and water are also needed to produce good quality meat, milk, eggs, and fiber. Feed Buy feed from trustworthy sources. Keep records of the date feed was purchased or delivered. Save the feed label or tag in case of a recall. Examine feed for … Read more