As some of our avid readers already know, it is my favorite time of year—FALL! This means finishing up hay crops, chopping corn and traveling to livestock shows. In the dairy industry, the Super Bowl of dairy shows is World Dairy Expo. Expo is a place where the industry comes together to celebrate its finest members, as well as look to the future, by displaying the best of the best in newest innovations and products.
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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?
Raising livestock can be extremely rewarding, especially when you find a way to keep them happy and comfortable in their space. Moving from one farm to another can be especially hard for livestock, so if the new home you transition them into is much better than the last, it can make the change a bit easier. This was the case when John and Christine Gardiner moved from Sandy, Oregon to Cave Junction and offered their alpacas quite the upgrade in living quarters.
Many farmers are often in search of a cost-effective and comfortable environment to house their livestock during the winter. Now that spring has sprung, how did your livestock fair over the winter season? If you’re looking into a better situation for next year, see how one of our FarmTek customers solved her animals’ winter blues with a ClearSpan™ Storage Master SolarGuard Building, which she uses for sheep housing and extra storage space.
Susan Shoenian, the owner of The Baalands sheep farm in Clear Spring, MD, prefers that she has a barn for lambing and sheltering her animals during the winter. She explains, “I’m a firm believer in housing sheep in the winter because it cuts down on my labor, since feed and water are in the barn. Less feed is needed because the sheep are warmer and don’t have to walk as far, and they don’t beat up the pastures.” Read more
More and more people are realizing the significance of knowing where their food comes from and how it is produced. So, raising livestock that will eventually be sold as food has to be done in a way that makes the consumer feel comfortable feeding it to their families. This means that it is crucial to care for the animals in the healthiest, most humane way possible from day one until they are sent off to their final stop. Paul Klingeman, owner of Pure County Pork, realized that he needed to find a cost-effective, clean way to house his pigs in order to keep his customers, as well as the animals, happy. He found exactly what he was looking for in fabric structures. Read more