Recent Blog Posts

  • Cool Pet Tips for the Dog Days of Summer

    July 1, 2013
    Just like their human companions, dogs and cats enjoy the carefree and playful summer months. During the days when the temperature and humidity soar, you need to take special care to keep your pets safe and comfortable. Due to their limited ability to keep cool, pets can become overheated quickly.
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  • Hot Weather Tips for Raising Poultry

    July 1, 2013
    They say raising poultry is all about feed, water, heat and light. But in the summer, beating the heat is a top priority. Severe heat stress can affect egg quality, size and hatchability. It can also increase the rate of mortality.
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  • Cooling Down Your Horse When It’s Hot Outside

    July 1, 2013
    When there’s hot weather outside, it’s essential that you keep your horses cool. Here are some tips on keeping their temperature regulated even when the weather is hot: Water The most obvious thing to keep an eye out for is also one of the most important.
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  • Deer Nutrition Tips for the Summertime

    July 1, 2013
    Although deer adapt pretty well to changes in temperature, there are things you can do to give them a better chance of surviving the summer heat. Here are a few tips: If you raise deer, provide access to shelter and shade to prevent heat stress.
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  • That’s Not Hay! Three Ways To Stop A Horse From Chewing Tails

    July 1, 2013
    If you have one horse with a nice tail, and all the rest of your herd’s tails are mangled, you might have a tail-chewer on your hands. Seeing these tips in a few places including from Dr. Karen Hayes on Equisearch.
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  • How to Keep your Rabbit Healthy and Happy During the Summer

    July 1, 2013
    Although we humans typically look forward to the summer months, rabbits don’t tolerate heat well. They thrive in temperatures between 60º and 70º. So observe your rabbit daily to gauge how he’s coping with the summer heat.
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  • Hay is for Horses

    June 1, 2013
    One major impact weather extremes may have on horse owners is availability and/or quality of hay and pasture. Since the bulk of a horse’s diet is hay or pasture, any change in the nutritional content of the forage affects the nutritional status of the horse.
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  • Horses and Astronauts: The Effects of Inactivity on Bone Strength and General Well Being

    June 1, 2013
    What do horses and astronauts have in common? Early in the space program astronauts were found to have significant loss of musculoskeletal strength and other health issues after spending time in space.
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  • Natural ways to get the insects to go away from your farm

    May 1, 2013
    Keeping flies away from your farm and animals can sometimes be a daunting task. A big obstacle could be that you don’t want to use chemicals around your animals or family.
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  • Organic Gardening Basics

    May 1, 2013
    Questions come to mind when you think of organic gardening: Will I have to share my crop with the insects and pests? Should I plant twice as much and work twice as hard only to have half the yield?
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  • April is Autism Awareness Month

    April 1, 2013
    Autism is a childhood brain disorder that affects the social abilities, communication, and motor skills of children with the disease. It is estimated that 1 in every 88 children and 1 in 54 boys will be diagnosed with autism.
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  • Tips For Planting Your Garden

    April 1, 2013
    Chances are, if you haven’t started planting already, you’re at least thinking about getting your hands dirty. We’ve assembled a few tips for you to consider before coming in and picking up your supplies.
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  • Tips for Creating a Living Space for your Baby Chicks

    March 1, 2013
    Newly hatched chicks, ducklings, goslings and turkey poults require that their very basic needs for shelter, warmth, food and water be met in order to survive. Good care and management with a bit of TLC will go a long way in providing a healthy start for your young flock.
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  • Year 'Round Supplementation Improves Pasture Utilization

    March 1, 2013
    It’s been a challenge raising registered Angus cattle through the last 13 years of drought on the Bradley 3 Ranch in the Texas Panhandle.
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  • Formulating Horse Feeds

    February 8, 2013
    When choosing a horse feed, looking at the guaranteed analysis can help you determine if the nutrition content of that feed is appropriate for the age and activity level of your horse. You would think that two products both contain 14% protein, 6% fat, etc. would be pretty much the same feed.
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  • The Role of Antioxidants

    February 8, 2013
    Antioxidants such as vitamin E are beneficial, but how much does your horse actually need? We know antioxidants are important for health, but few people really know what they are or what they do. Simply put, antioxidants fight free radicals. So what are free radicals?
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  • Exclusive Chicken and Rice Dog Food Testimonial

    February 1, 2013
    She used to drive over two hours once a month to get Exclusive® dog food for her three dogs. That was eight years ago when Jami Swords lived in Meeker, Colorado. A local feed dealer had recommended all-natural Exclusive® dog food, even though he didn’t carry it.
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  • The Importance of Extra Hay During Winter Months

    January 1, 2013
    It is true that during the winter months riding your horse can become a scarce occasion. This means that your horse’s diet must also change. Since the horse is not as active during these cold months, it requires fewer calories.
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  • Furnace Maintenance for Winter Warmth

    January 1, 2013
    Labor Day has passed and so have the Dog Days of Summer. Your furnace has been hibernating for many months now and you will soon have to wake it up from its long slumber.
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  • Three Reasons Why Your Horse May Be Tossing Its Head

    December 1, 2012
    While sometimes it doesn’t affect you, a horse tossing its head while you’re riding can throw both you and him off-balance. Katherine Blocksdorf of About.
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  • Pay close attention to winter nutrition for your cattle

    December 1, 2012
    Taking shortcuts on your cattle nutrition during the winter months could be risk next year’s calf crop, this year’s weaning weights and the long-term viability of your herd.
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  • How to Prepare Wild Birds for Winter

    November 1, 2012
    With fewer daylight hours and longer cold nights, natural food sources needed for energy to keep warm are scarce. Water supplies can be frozen or snow covered.
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  • Doggy Danger: Beware of these Holiday Plants

    November 1, 2012
    The Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas holiday trifecta is traditionally characterized by festive and sometimes flamboyant displays of decorations.
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  • What You Should Know For Getting Your Horse Shod for Fall/Winter

    October 1, 2012
    It is generally accepted that finding the right horseshoe is extremely important for riding in temperate climates in the winter. Riding outdoors in the winter demands a special type of shoe that prevents your horse from serious injury.
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  • Keep Your Pets Safe While Trick-Or-Treating this Halloween

    October 1, 2012
    Halloween can be an un-intentionally scary time for pets. In fact, veterinarians see many pet injuries that can be avoided this time of year.
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