There are four principles for good calf pen management: comfortability, low health risk, the opportunity for seclusion, and convenience. A pen needs to be comfortable so there’s a lower level of stress for the dam. Low health risk, the opportunity for seclusion, and convenience all have their obvious benefits. The old way of bringing calves to a clean, dry pasture,
Maintaining good air movement in your space helps prevent the buildup of moisture on roofing materials and rafters. This is essential at all times of the year. In the summertime, air movement will prevent too much heat from accumulating, and keeping your space or attic cool in the winter helps prevent ice dams from forming. While many older buildings use
Caring for livestock requires the consideration of many aspects, like nutrition, routine vaccinations, and heat control. One of these aspects, which can often go overlooked, is herd safety. With so many threats to livestock safety coming from within the herd, it can be easy to forget about outside threats. Anyone who works a farm can tell you about livestock predators.
It can be difficult to select the best woodchipper for your needs. With so many choices on the market, there are plenty of options for size, cost, and ease of use. Before you commit to a purchase, you should know what distinguishes one product from another. Industrial woodchippers vary primarily in size, material, and cost. Consider your needs for a
Those who work with cattle know how many things affect production. Farmers across the country are constantly battling to keep their cows happy and the profits steady. Every cattle owner knows about heat stress, and how it can quickly affect your livestock and wreak havoc on your herd. What is Heat Stress in Cattle Treatment? Heat stress in cattle
You can find an electric fence on thousands of farms and ranches across the country. Whether it’s an electric fence for cattle, or simply to ward away pests, the right charger can save you time, money, and energy. It can be difficulty to know which electric fence charger is right for your needs, but you can follow this guide to
For a long time, it was tradition to keep older calves separated rather than housed together in groups. However, this is very labor-intensive and can make it more difficult to efficiently feed and observe the calves. Group housing for older calves is a natural, cost-effective solution that can provide early social interaction for your calves, as well as a variety
Spring is here! The days are longer, and everything—besides all the rain—seems brighter! However, with spring comes lots of maintenance around the farm. You never know what can happen to your equipment during winter, and bypassing important inspections could cause future problems that reduce your productivity and efficiency. How do you ready your heavy equipment and machines for spring? This
It’s no surprise that cows need a lot of water. On average, a cow can draw three to five gallons per minute. This water intake supports cattle’s digestion, excretion, growth, and lactation. However, when winter arrives, water lines can freeze and leave your operation scrambling to keep up. For the colder seasons, especially in Minnesota, winterized water systems are crucial.
Welding can pose serious risks, both for workers and the business owner. With constant exposure to toxic metals, it’s vital to have welding ventilation systems. Proper exhaust ventilation can keep your workers healthy and reduce your shop’s liability. The Need for Welding Ventilation Welders work in dangerous conditions. Weld fumes rising from their work can lead to many diseases. The
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