Like many farmers across the nation, Albert Pereira of Pereira Pastures Dairy knows what it’s like to deal with drought and dwindling pastureland for his dairy herd. As the only “Licensed Raw for Retail” dairy farm in West Texas, Pereira raises Jersey cows, which are known for their high-protein and high-quality milk yield. However, when drought conditions were destroying Pereira’s grazing pastures, he knew it was time to start looking for new feed solutions.
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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.
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!
At Hanscome Dairy in Kersey, CO, there are quite a few different types of animals, with many different purposes in life. Owner Julie Hanscome has a dairy herd, Boer goat herd, chickens and rabbits. Her goats were eating weeds, dry land grass and poor-to-average quality alfalfa. Hanscome explains, “I decided to purchase a Fodder-Pro 2.0 Feed System last summer when our drought conditions were making it difficult to find adequate inventories of goat hay to sustain the herd throughout the winter.”
Narrow Way Ranch sits on the beautiful prairie of Yoder, CO and is home to the Delbridge Family. Jeff Delbridge explains, “We are a small, family-run farm. We pride ourselves on providing top-quality products to our customers.” The products Delbridge is referring to are all organic. The family raises free-range chickens, Eastern Wild Turkey, Heritage Bourbon Red Turkey and grass-fed Angus beef cattle. In addition, they offer customers organic eggs and all-natural, corn and soy-free Heritage Pork. The Delbridges also have mules, horses, donkeys and a family milk cow.
It’s that time of year again! While radio stations begin playing holiday music and stores across the country begin stocking holiday lights, farmers are preparing themselves for winter. Although winterizing your farm may seem like a daunting process, it can actually be really simple. Here are a few things to consider to get the most bang for your buck.
Keeping livestock healthy is important for their wellbeing, as well as for the farm’s bottom line. That is why it’s so important to keep feed covered to prevent it from losing crucial nutrients or spoiling. Covering hay, silage and grain properly will keep moisture and rodents out, ensuring that livestock get clean, fresh feed year round. At FarmTek, we offer a variety of forage covers for any application or unique situation.
Why is covering forage important?
Covering livestock feed keeps it protected from the elements, and also keeps it from becoming too dry or too moist, depending on the season. During the winter, snow and ice can cause mold and bacteria to form on the feed, which is hazardous to the health of your animals. Forage covers also help prevent the spread of disease from rodents and other pests. Uncovered feed can lose its nutrients, and in some cases can cause animal refusal. Read more