Recent Blog Posts

  • Winter WildBird Feeding 101

    December 1, 2012
    Late fall and winter provide a new set of challenges for our feathered friends. Most of the lush vegetation, full of berries and seeds, has withered away. In addition, most insects are either dead or dormant and the heavy snows will soon bury most natural sources of wild bird food.
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  • The Role of Antioxidants

    November 1, 2012
    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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  • Hay is for Horses

    November 1, 2012
    One major impact weather extremes may have on horse owners is availability and/or quality of hay and pasture. Since the bulk of a horse’s diet is hay or pasture, any change in the nutritional content of the forage affects the nutritional status of the horse.
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  • Protection and Support for Optimal Joint Health

    October 1, 2012
    Daily exercise and the rigors of competition are some of the most common causes of joint injuries in horses, injuries which can lead to a considerable amount of lost training time.
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  • Basic Showlamb Nutrition

    October 1, 2012
    Feeding lambs for show involves some basic principles of nutrition. Whether lambs are fed commercially for market, or diets intended to produce specific physical responses, we must remember that lambs are ruminants. It is of upmost importance that we maintain rumen health and function.
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  • Storing hay effectively

    September 1, 2012
    Making sure that the shed that you store your hay in is in good condition is important. First of all, if it’s not in good working order hay can be wasted (which means your money, too) and secondly it can seriously harm your animals. Here are a few ideas from Equisearch.
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  • Three Reasons Why Your New Horse May Be Bucking

    September 1, 2012
    So you just brought your new horse home. The person you bought the horse from didn’t seem to have any issues when riding him, but when you brought him home, he started to buck. What changed since you brought him home to your stables? Katherine Blocksdorf of About.
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  • Attracting Different Types of Birds

    August 1, 2012
    The ability to attract a variety of wild birds to your backyard can be accomplished by offering food, water, shelter and nesting sites.   • Food: Placing a wide variety of feeders and food around your backyard will attract the widest variety of wild birds.
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  • Keeping Wild Birds Cool in the Summer

    August 1, 2012
    Although wild birds have many ways to keep themselves cool, as a wild bird enthusiast you can help them avoid becoming overheated. • Provide a Water Source: Provide a bird bath with clean fresh water, and no more than a couple of inches of water in the bath for bathing.
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  • Hot Weather Tips for Show Animals

    July 1, 2012
    Summer time can really heat up. Not only with an increase in temperature, but also humidity and wind velocity play a role in ambient conditions that affect show animals. Heat stress can manifest in several ways in animals on feed for show.
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  • Symptoms and Prevention of Heat Stress in Poultry

    July 1, 2012
    Heat stress can greatly change your poultry’s health. Here are some tips on how to prevent heat stress during the summer. Digestion generates body heat, so feed poultry during the coolest times of the day. Severe heat stress can affect egg quality, egg size and hatchability.
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  • Deer Nutrition Tips for the Summertime

    June 1, 2012
    Although deer adapt pretty well to changes in temperature, there are things you can do to give them a better chance of surviving the summer heat. Here are a few tips: If you raise deer, provide access to shelter and shade to prevent heat stress.
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  • Summer Tips for Raising Healthy Goats

    June 1, 2012
    Some people think goats can practically feed and care for themselves. But goats need care and attention, especially in summer. Here are some tips: Water is essential for temperature control, waste excretion, electrolyte balance, digestion and more.
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  • How to Preserve Nutrients in Hay

    May 1, 2012
    Proper storage of hay between harvest and feeding is critical for preserving nutrients and assuring that you'll have high quality hay to feed your cattle during the winter months they need it most.
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  • Tips for Controlling Flies in Feed Lots and Pastures

    May 1, 2012
    Warmer weather almost always guarantees an increase in the number of flies that can adversely affect cattle performance and health.
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