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Here Are the Minerals Cattle Require and What Deficiencies Look Like

By   /  April 19, 2021  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  No Comments

This is an excerpt from information provided by the Beef Cattle Research Council of Canada, so naturally it’s focused on cattle. Because sheep and goats have different requirements, don’t use this information for them. We can cover their needs in future issues. Minerals At least seventeen minerals are required by beef cattle and are divided […]

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Key Nutrients Ruminants Need to Thrive

By   /  April 12, 2021  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  No Comments

This is an excerpt from information provided by the Beef Cattle Research Council of Canada, so naturally it’s focused on cattle. But the descriptions of energy and protein and the definitions of measurements of nutritional value cover all forages and ruminants. You’ll find this helpful no matter what livestock you raise. Cattle require five key […]

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Pasture Management for Nutrients and Preventing Parasite Problems in Small Ruminants

By   /  April 12, 2021  /  Goats, Livestock, Sheep, The Classic by NatGLC  /  1 Comment

Thanks to Kim Cassida for this great piece. Here she focuses on practices for small ruminants, but the principles work for cattle as well. A common question among new small ruminant producers is “which forage is best for my animals?” The answer isn’t only about nutrients, but also involves parasite management and sustainable forage production. […]

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Spring Pasture Bloat Prevention and Cures

By   /  April 5, 2021  /  Livestock  /  2 Comments

This article comes to us from Ron Lemenager1, Allen Bridges1, Matt Claeys1, and Keith Johnson2, Purdue University Departments of Animal Sciences1 and Agronomy2. Bloat is a digestive disorder characterized by an accumulation of gas in the first two compartments of a ruminant’s stomach (the rumen and reticulum).  Production of gas (primarily carbon dioxide and methane) is […]

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A Grazing Chart for Pastured Broilers

By   /  March 29, 2021  /  Livestock, Poultry  /  3 Comments

  My family and I operate Wrong Direction Farm in Upstate New York. We sell our pasture raised chicken, turkey and grass fed beef directly to customers in our region. On our farm, pasture raised broiler chickens are the largest and most complex enterprise. The poultry don’t require as much land base as our beef […]

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