Goat Diseases – Protecting Your Goats From Common Illnesses

Like other farm animals, goats also suffer from various diseases especially if they fail to take occasional vaccination. These goat diseases may be bacterial, viral, or parasitic among others. As most of these diseases can be hardly determined due to their identical symptoms, it would be advisable for owners to have them checked up every once in a while for the benefit of the goat and for the safety of your farm.

Ketosis (Acetonemia) is one of the most common goat diseases because of the animal’s inclination to concentrated food. Another problem that farmers deal with is when the goat becomes profoundly infested with worms. This goat disease is known as ‘big head.’ You can tell when the goat has big head if it suddenly develops a swollen head accompanied by paleness of skin. This should not be confused with bloating, another common problem with goats. By observing your goat, you will notice that it frequently urinates, appears anxious, and behaves differentl

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Turkey Behavior – Simple Tips To Understand Their Behaviors When Rearing Turkeys

Some children want a dog or a cat to be their playmate everyday. But some consider rare animals to be their pets. Many of you may find it unusual to have a turkey pet. But for your information, since decades ago, turkeys have been kept as pets. In fact, the son of Abraham Lincoln kept a turkey as the first White house turkey pet because of its social turkey behavior.

Farm Sanctuary, one of the animal welfare groups, testified that turkeys are intelligent and very sociable animals. They can be compared to dogs when it comes to companionship and reliability. Former US President George W. Bush once noted in his 2001 National Thanksgiving Presentation speech that keeping turkeys as pets is an old and still existing tradition of the generation and recommended to continue it.

There are two kinds of turkeys according to their breed and turkey behavior. One is the wild turkey and the other is the domestic turkey. Domestic turkeys are the ones born and living in a commercial po

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Teaching Cows to Count

Cows have a 9-month gestation so it is a long wait from conception to birth. This is anticipatory interval is expected, but farmers and ranchers are always hoping too that they have fertile cows and bulls. It is tragic and costly in the livestock industry for a cow to not render a calf each year. While livestock folk figure on a 10-20% loss each year, the loss of even one hurts. Sometimes this loss is made up for by the production of twins. We had one cow who carried this genetic strain so the double delivery year after year was exciting and helped fill the ratio gap.

The delivery of twins also taught me about cows and math. It appears that nature has endowed cows with the ability to count to one and not beyond. So when the first calf tumbles out of the womb, Mama turns around and licks it dry while encouraging it to latch onto her utter to nurse. In the meantime a second calf might drop to the gorund, but Mama, delighted with one is quite likely to walk away with the first b

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A Guide to Lamb Tail Docking

The process of docking a lamb’s tail is one that is followed by many farmers, most commonly for hygiene purposes, but it is not always necessary in all breeds. However, the process is regulated by law so it is important that farmers follow the necessary regulations in order to avoid prosecution.

The majority of farmers will dock a lamb’s tail in order to avoid the build-up of faecal matter which, if left, could cause health problems, an expensive veterinary bill or even death. Therefore it is a process that is regularly performed, although some breeds will not require docking and it is stated in law that tail docking may only commence if not doing so could cause problems in later life.

To reduce the amount of stress and discomfort the animal will experience, which is very little, farmers will dock a lamb’s tail as soon as possible after birth. The law states that a rubber ring, the most common method, may only be used without an anaesthetic during the

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Types Of Farm Gates

Farm gates are popular in the countryside. If you own a ranch or if you grew up in a farm or ranch you are probably familiar with these types of gates. Ranch and farm owners have several reasons why they install these gates. One of the most common reasons is to keep livestock out of the premises. This will prevent one ranch owner from accusing his neighbour of stealing his cattle or shop. Another reason is to set a boundary between two neighboring properties.

Farm gates do not really cost a fortune and if you are a wise buyer, you can probably save on the materials as well. You can choose from the various types of gates. To help you with that decision here are some examples of farm gates.

Five Bar Field Farm Gate

This is the more traditional one. This type has been around for years. In fact, most farms in the countryside use this type. The five bar field gate is made from tanalised timber because this is more durable and lasts longer than regular timber. This ga

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Cattle Farming – The Benefits of Raising Cattle

The benefits of raising cattle. What a phrase that strikes up a lot of controversy from either end of the raising of, caring for livestock like cattle! You’ve got the extreme right end saying that nothing can compare with raising cattle, and the other end that argues that there are absolutely no benefits to raising cattle. Where I stand is somewhere in the middle, but I tend to lean more to the right than the left. But this article is not about arguments about whether there exists any benefits to raising cattle, but rather what are the benefits to raising these critters.

There are moral benefits, environmental, emotional, physical, economical and other benefits to raising cattle. Each has their own level of importance to every producer, some being more so than others. I didn’t list finances as being a benefit because it seems for many producers that more money is being put into raise the dad-gummed critters than what comes out! Really–there is not much finan

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Egg Laying – What Are the Best Chicken Breeds for Eggs?

Choosing a breed of chicken for eggs is not that hard of a choice if you know what you’re looking for. You only need to ask yourself a few easy questions. Do I need white or brown eggs? Do I need a pet or livestock? How much space do I have? Do I want to hatch more chickens?

Hybrid / Golden Comet

If you are looking to get the most out of your effort, hybrid chickens like the Golden Comet have been specially bred to eat less food and produce more eggs. The comet isn’t the only hybrid chicken but it is definitely the most popular. These hybrid chickens lay about 280 medium sized brown colored eggs per year. Hybrids are tough little creatures that are more resilient to infection and disease compared to other chicken breeds. The downside is these birds rarely turn broody so if you’re looking to hatch new chickens from the eggs this breed is probably not the best choice.

Rhode Island Red’s (RIR’s)

RIR’s lay about 250 medium

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Pros And Cons Of Owning Your Own Alpaca Herdsire

For new alpaca owners, there are pros and cons to buying your own alpaca herdsire. An “outside” herdsire is a male stud alpaca that you do not own, and which resides at another farm. He is “outside” your farm.

Many new alpaca ranchers choose to NOT purchase a herdsire because the females in their starter herd come with a free “breed-back.” That is, the seller allows the new owners to bring the females back for one or more free breedings. Otherwise, the new owner would have to purchase stud fees, or own their own herdsire. Free breed-backs save the new owner money that can be invested in ranch facilities and other aspects of their alpaca business.

Breeding to an Outside Herdsire

Even if your starter-herd purchase contract includes free breed-backs, at some point you will need to purchase the stud services of an outside herdsire. You might want to purchase stud services for the following reasons:

  • You
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Enjoyable Investing In Central Texas Ranch Land

One long-term investment that we made and have enjoyed over the past twelve years is rural central Texas land. Historically, land has increased in value over time making it a viable long-term investment. To quote the beloved humorist Will Rogers: “Buy land. They ain’t making any more of it”. Land, like any other investment fluctuates in value, but it has typically been a solid investment over the long haul. The ever-growing population of the world continues to rise. It makes sense that more food will have to be produced in order to feed the increasing population. Land prices should be on the rise again soon, and it appears to be an opportune time to invest in rural acreage before prices begin to soar here in central Texas. Ultimately, as world population increases, so will the demand for farm and ranch land. This was actually one of our deciding factors when we chose to invest in central Texas ranch land. According to an article in the September 2011 issue of Realt

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10 Tips and Suggestions on Buying a Goat

Are you starting a farm? Do you want more sustainability for your family? Do you like fresh milk every day? If so, you may be thinking about buying a goat. There are a few questions you should ask yourself before starting your search for the perfect one. Do you have enough pasture and room for housing? Do you want pets, efficient weed eaters, or are you more interested in goats for milk, fiber, or meat? These are just a few considerations that need to be addressed before making a final decision.

10 Tips on Buying a Goat

1. Start Slow – Don’t be fooled by cute YouTube videos. Raising goats can be challenging. Start small. Expand your herd when you know that your fences are secure, and you have developed a care-routine for your farm animals. Keep in mind that average life span of a goat is around 15 years.

2. One Is None – Goats need buddies as they are herd animals. You may hear a lot of complai

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