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Goats 101 – Kids Who Want Kids: How to Get Started

Goat kids

Did we get your attention with that title?! Before you worry, let’s clarify…today’s blog is all about how to get your kids (the two-legged ones) into raising their own kids—goat kids, that is! Raising goats is a wonderful experience that teaches children responsibility and the value of hard work, as well as being a great family activity that will create lasting memories and learning experiences that will surely stick with your children—and you—for a lifetime.

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Abigail’s Fodder for Thought – Wait, what WINTER?!

Fodder trailer at WDE

It seems like fall is flying by me this year. Last I recall, it was September and I was gearing up for a month of trade shows and traveling through the glorious autumn weather to enjoy what other folks experience (outside of New England). Growing up in Maine and living in Connecticut now, fall has always been a favorite of mine. The leaves are changing, I can order hot coffee instead of iced, scarves and coats come out of the closet and I can enjoy an afternoon outside without feeling like I’m melting. It’s that homey time of year when you move from the outdoor fire pit and BBQ to the inside fire place with warm apple cider—yum!

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2013 Photo Contest Honorable Mentions

Photo Contest Honorable Mentions
After receiving hundreds of submissions to our photo contest, we wanted to share with you some of our favorites. These photos may not have won a prize, but they still stood out and we felt that we needed to recognize them. We smiled, we laughed and we were awed by some of these great pictures and the stories we received with some of them. There are seven superlative categories and we selected a winner for each. These customers will each receive a dozen pair of our FarmTek Dot Grip Gloves! We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we did!
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And The Winners Are….Announcing Our 2013 Fall Photo Contest Winners!

Photo Contest Winners

It’s that time of year again! The photos came pouring in for our 2013 Fall Photo Contest and we’re here to announce the winners! As always, the quality and quantity of photos we received was large, but we were finally able to narrow it down to a top winner and runners-up. We loved seeing the submissions from our customers—from chickens and cows, to high tunnels and greenhouses, you all sent us some great photos and we love seeing our products in action. If you didn’t submit photos this time around, be sure to do so during our next photo contest. We’d love to see what you have to share! But for now, read on and see how our top finishers are using our products!

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4-H Fair Weekend Re-Cap

tolland 4-h fair

You may not be able to believe it, but in many spots around the country, summer vacation is winding down and kids are thinking about going back to school in a few weeks. Despite the bittersweet end to summer, however, there’s lots to look forward to in the coming months, including one of my favorite times of the year—fair season! In fact, many towns and counties around the country have already started hosting their annual 4-H county fairs and here in Connecticut, this past weekend brought the Tolland County 4-H Fair to town, a hit with families and locals every year! I serve as an advisor to the 4-H kids who organize this fair. I help to coordinate and run the goat show for this fair and have been involved for over 12 years (wow…I feel old typing that!), and this year was one of the best fairs I can remember.

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Abigail’s Fodder for Thought – Three guys, a girl and a fodder trailer – 2013 WI Farm Technology Days

Fodder Trailer

My most recent venture out of the office was a first for me. How is that possible you ask? Well, this trade show, I got to take a back seat and see how it all works.

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Farm Tales: Weaning Young Livestock

Bottle-vs-Bucket-Feeding

Summertime is busy for livestock owners, no matter if you run a larger commercial operation or small hobby farm. Between cutting and baling hay, to getting ready for show season and selling off animals for market or breeding purposes, the summer is no time to waste time! If you have any baby animals hanging around the farm, it may also be time to start thinking about weaning them off their mothers and having them eat solid food on a regular basis. Weaning is certainly a topic that is largely dominated by the opinion of whoever you ask, but there are some basics that can be applied to pretty much any animal you raise and need to wean.

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Abigail’s Fodder for Thought – All-Natural Seed Prep

Fodder system with HPS lighting

Does the idea of preparing your fodder seeds in bleach make you turn up your nose? Are you concerned with creating the perfect balance of hydrogen peroxide and water for best sanitization? Well, fear no more as these steps are not required! We have recently concluded our testing of seed preparation with basic aeration and boy, are we impressed with the results! By simply soaking seeds in clean water with an aerating ceramic stone for 12 to 24 hours you can skip the sanitizing solution all together. Not only are we seeing superior mold protection throughout the growing process but we are also prompting germination while still in the soaking stage. With expedited germination a greater root mass is developed during the seven-day growing cycle.

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Photos are worth 1,000 words—or $500!

Feed Buckets

Do you love taking pictures as much as you love your FarmTek products? Well, it’s time to get inspired and take some great photos of your favorite FarmTek items in action because our 2013 Photo Contest starts June 18th! Since we love our loyal readers so much, we wanted to give you a couple days head start to find (or take) the perfect photo!

Get ready for your ten seconds of fame, because if you win, you’ll be featured on our website and this very blog. Anyone can enter and we’re looking for photos showcasing how you use our products, so get snapping.

The grand prize winner will receive a $500 FarmTek gift certificate and five lucky runners-up will each receive a $200 FarmTek gift certificate. How’s that for motivation?

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It’s Show Time! Tips and tricks for preparing your goats for a successful show season

4-H Goat Show

For many goat owners, summer isn’t just about vacations, BBQs and lazy days at the pool or beach. Those things are all fun and games, but they must be scheduled in between busy weekends of one very large activity: preparing for show season! Whether you are in 4-H, have kids in 4-H, or attend privately held shows in your area and beyond, getting your goats ready for the countless fairs that will be upon us in just a few short weeks is a task that is hard work. But it will be worth it when you can walk away from the show ring with blue ribbons and a smile!

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