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Calving Success: How to Assist a Cow Giving Birth

Calving Success: How to Assist a Cow Giving Birth

Add to Favorites Reading Time: 8 minutes By Heather Smith Thomas – The riskiest time in a calf’s life is being born. Several million calves in the United States and Canada are lost each year during birth or shortly after, and 45 percent of those deaths are because of dystocia (delayed or difficult birth). Almost […]

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Shed or Pasture Lambing

Shed or Pasture Lambing

In a contrasting scenario, a lamb attempts to stand in bright green grass, as its ewe topples it head first, vigorously licking its slimy wet wool. Walking through the pasture, Border collie at my heel, the first rays of sunlight begin to warm the day while I check on ewes and newborn lambs. The sights and […]

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8 Fun Facts About Chickens

8 Fun Facts About Chickens

  Chickens are fascinating creatures that are beautiful and entertaining, and they give us eggs! But did you know all of these fun facts about chickens?  Chickens come in different sizes When most people think about chickens, the image in their mind is usually of a large, heavy looking bird, which are the standard breed […]

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Adding New Dogs Into an Existing Livestock Guardian Dog Pack

Adding New Dogs Into an Existing Livestock Guardian Dog Pack

Many operators incorrectly start their LGD experience by purchasing, training, and using just one dog at a time. They usually find out sooner than later, they should have bought two dogs or more to start. To be used successfully as guardians of livestock, LGDs should be run in pairs or more. A ravenous wolf pack […]

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Akaushi Cattle Provide a Delicious, Healthy Meat

Akaushi Cattle Provide a Delicious, Healthy Meat

By Heather Smith Thomas – The word Akaushi means red cow in Japanese. Akaushi cattle were introduced to the U.S. in 1994. “This is the only free-grazing beef cattle breed in Japan,” says Bubba Bain, Executive Director of American Akaushi Association. “These cattle have been in existence as a distinct breed for more than 150 years […]

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