Livestock

How to Minimize Stress When Transporting Show Pigs

by Caitlyn Andrews March 17, 2017 5 Comments

When transporting swine for show your top concern should be two things: safety and comfort. Stressed pigs can cause injury to themselves, other pigs, or their handlers during transport. Focusing on the safety and comfort of your show pigs will help keep stress to a minimum and make for a better overall show experience.

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Prevention and Control of Darkling Beetles in Poultry Houses

by Caitlyn Andrews February 14, 2017 1 Comment

If you're in the poultry industry then chances are you've encountered darkling beetles. These little pests also go by the name of lesser mealworms or black beetles. Whatever you call them, they are one of the most common pests in poultry facilities. Darkling beetles can be present in alarmingly high numbers and cause significant damage to facilities and productivity.

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Your Ultimate Guide to VFD Resources

by Caitlyn Andrews January 11, 2017

Happy New Year! The start of 2017 brings a big change to the livestock industry. The FDA announced on January 3, that it has completed implementation of Guidance for Industry #213. This guidance began in 2013 to transition medically important antimicrobial drugs used in feed or drinking water of food-producing animals to veterinary oversight and eliminate the use of these products in animals for production purposes, such as growth promotion.

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How To Spot Signs And Prevent Heat Stress In Chickens

by Caitlyn Andrews August 04, 2016 2 Comments

Heat stress and exhaustion in chickens can be deadly if it's not caught in time. We're in the heat of summer now. Backyard chicken owners need to be watching their flocks for signs of heat stress. What is heat stress in poultry? Heat stress is a condition in chickens (and other poultry) caused by high temperatures, especially when combined with high relative humidity and low air speed.

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Free Event- Visit Your Local Dairy Farm

by Caitlyn Andrews June 20, 2016

Looking for something to do this weekend? Something fun for the family? And completely free? We've got you covered. The Northern Indiana Dairy Trail open houses will take place on June 18 and June 25. These open houses are absolutely FREE to the public! Visit one farm or all eleven. Bring the whole family and have fun!

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List of Cover Crop Plants You Should Know That Are Toxic to Cattle

by Caitlyn Andrews April 29, 2016

Are you aware of the dangers potentially growing in your cattle's grazing pasture? If you're considering planting a cover crop for forage, or unaware of which plants can be toxic to cattle, then this article is for you.

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