Category Archives: Livestock

Fencing 101: Basics for Your Farm

Proper fencing is essential on the farm; keeping livestock in, pests out. With so many options to choose from, it can be tough to find the right fencing for your project. The information below will help you choose the right fencing for you and give you some tips and tricks for installation.

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Mineral Supplements Your Dairy and Beef Cattle May Need

Like us, cattle get the protein and nutrients they need from their feed and forage. Many times throughout the year, feed and forage just aren’t enough to get proper cattle nutrition. Mineral and protein supplements are like multivitamins for cows. Both beef and dairy cattle need mineral supplements throughout the year. Find out when you should supplement minerals, like magnesium and phosphorus, and the benefits of adding a supplement to your herd’s diet.

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Gearing Up for Beekeeping Season

March here in southern Michigan seems to be playing peek-a-boo, giving us brief glimpses of spring one day and throwing us back into the depths of winter the next. Though winter feels never-ending to us beekeepers anxiously awaiting the bustle of bee season, there is much to do before new packages of bees arrive. After all, winter is a season of preparation! It’s time to get your beekeeping tools and your hives ready for the upcoming season.

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How to Set up a Brooder for Chicks

If you’ve recently picked up some young chicks, you’ll want to have a safe space for them to grow. Before you even take your young chickens home, have a brooder ready for them. Today, we’ll cover what you’ll need to make your own brooder at home. Plus, we’ll have a link to a video tutorial so you can follow along with us.

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Pests That Could be Killing Your Bees

Once a honeybee hive is populated and fully functioning, beekeeping is relatively simple. You should be checking up on your bees about every other week. The most important reason for these inspections is to make sure your bees are protected against pests and diseases. There are a number of common bee diseases and pests that you should be looking for each time you inspect, like Varroa Mites, Nosema, Chalkbrood, and more. We will go over the signs of these bee killers and the best way to fix the problem before you lose your buzzing buddies.Macro image of a dead bee on a leaf from a hive in decline, plagued by the Colony collapse disorder and other diseases

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