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A sub for everyone who loves all animals farmy - and a few that aren't.

A sub for everyone who loves all animals farmy - and a few that aren't.

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I Need Help with USDA-approved shell egg cleaner and sanitizer

I'm in Florida and starting a poultry business under the "Limited Poultry and Egg Operation" permit from the state of FL, this makes us exempt from Federal inspection. We need a USDA-approved shell egg cleaner and sanitizer, any recommendations?

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2024/07/23
18:24 UTC

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3 month old goat help

Our 3 month old Nigerian dwarf is foaming at the mouth and shaking her head, throwing up. We have given her a water drench, charcoal, and a B-vitamin complex injection. She has access to minerals and baking soda. Anything we can do for her? No signs of choking or anything like that.

Thank you!

7 Comments
2024/07/20
20:04 UTC

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Chicken coop water storage upgrade revealed: new coop ramp and a coop tour!

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2024/07/18
23:56 UTC

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Stubborn show hog

I'm currently raising a market hog and to sell him I need to show him at an upcoming fair. He's very stubborn and does not walk, he sticks to gates and the sides of the arena and recently he discovered how to walk backward which makes it even more difficult. My supervising teacher thinks that he is barn sour but I walk him every day and feed him outside of the pen so I don't know how that could be. It’s my first year raising a pig for fair and it's just very frustrating and embarrassing for him to not walk. Showmanship just goes badly for both of us so does anyone know what I could give him to make him a little calmer?

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2024/07/16
20:10 UTC

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Any first generation farming tips?

I posted this on a ranching page as well, so lmk if this doesn't belong here! This might be kind of a loaded post but I'm looking for some info from people who've done it! I'm 21 and just graduated college with a BOS degree in Animal Science. My end goal is to have land, raise cattle for beef, raise other various smaller species (likely ducks, maybe sheep or goats) (also USA specifically). I'm curious how people live off of this as well. I know that this goal is pretty far away still but I was wondering if there are any first generation farmers out there that could give some tips or point me in the right direction of things I can work towards soonish?

I have experience with cattle (beef and dairy), horses, as well as some small animal experience from college. I've been hearing lately of some USDA programs that help people start up, which has me excited, but has anyone dealt with those either? Obviously it would be a dream to have my own place going as soon as possible but I also don't want to get into programs like that if it's going to screw me in the end. I know I'm young and have lots of time, I just get somewhat discouraged with land prices (and prices of everything tbh) ever increasing to insane levels.

I guess the tldr of this is wondering if any first generations farmers have any advice, tips, or reality checks that have to do with USDA programs or realistic start up costs? And how long it took you to do so? Thank y'all in advance :)

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2024/07/15
17:41 UTC

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Louisiana State Legislature passes bill unanimously to explore the use of Bagasse as Cattle Feed and other products.

Impact fusion Intl produces a cattle feed named SGP+ in Louisiana and the bill seems aimed at its development in state. https://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/IFUS/news/Impact-Fusion-International-Inc-Louisiana-State-Legislature-Unanimously-Passes-LA-HCR-42-Focusing-on-Bagasse-Utilization?id=446056

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2024/07/10
22:30 UTC

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Which farm animal doesn’t poop so much?

I’m thinking about keeping a dwarf sheep or goat indoors (in my bedroom). How often do they poop? And I can they be potty trained like a dog or cat?

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2024/07/10
21:51 UTC

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Automatic Swine Syringe with a Transparent Barrel

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2024/07/08
15:03 UTC

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Can I get a little bit of help

I've been looking into tattooing rabbits ears I've already done it for two of my does mainly for a safety reason because they are absolutely identical, the only way to tell them apart is to flip them over and see which rabbit has a very tiny white spot on the belly but both of these rabbits do not like being touched, they freak out they were rescues dumped at my door because a lady knew I had a rabbit one of them is sick and has to have medicine the other one is perfectly healthy, and I can't risk giving the medicine too the wrong rabbit so I tattooed something simple just so I know which rabbit is which in the rabbit's ear, but the thing is I want to start tattooing for identification in rabbits I breed, I'm looking to get into breeding New Zealand and French lops I don't have anything set up for it right now it'll be a long time but I want to be ready and have everything I need when I get my breeder rabbits I don't even have Kay just set up for that kind of operation yet because I want to make sure every rabbit is healthy and happy I also want to register the rabbits I breed (not breeding for meat) and they have to have a identifying tattoo in their left ear but I'm kind of confused on what the tattoo in the ear I was thinking of maybe numbering them 1 through 100 and just adding an F for a female and a b for a boy but I don't know if that will work I don't know if I need to put more or just change it completely currently the whole tattoo will look like this, DHFR1F(for a girl) and,DHFR1B(for a boy) what do you think? Will that work?(And sorry for bad grammar I'm dyslexic and struggle with it)

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2024/07/06
00:55 UTC

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I am in Chicopee, Massachusetts and according to state law i can sell quail and quail eggs unless i skin and prep them for meat i would need a special license. Is this correct??

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2024/07/03
21:06 UTC

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My neighbors are neglecting their donkeys! What do I do?!

This is so disturbing so NSFW. My stupid neighbors have a big backyard (about half an acre) and a year ago they got 2 adult donkeys (3 now because the female got pregnant) and 10 goats. Since then, all the animals are literally deteriorating. 5 goats have died from worms and the other 5 are sick.

The owners don't put ANY water or food out, even in the summer heat. They don't groom or care for any of the animals so the donkeys are out there suffering in the heat with no attendant. I do my best to leave water buckets out for them, but I shouldnt have to! We also but giant apples and carrots weekly to give to them. They beg for us to feed them when we don't even own them!

The donkeys are so unhealthy, they have big open sores with flies infesting and laying eggs. Their teeth are very concerning too. I feel so bad for them but I don't know what to do!

I've written several emails to some animal shelters in my area and no responses. I've talked to the owner (my neighbor) directly multiple times and he says its all fine and the donkeys are okay and they don't need food or water put out. They are so ignorant and I cant seem to get it through to them. I havent seen them take care of a single goat or donkey once! Its so disturbing and I need help. Any advice would be so appreciated

8 Comments
2024/07/01
18:15 UTC

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How big of a barn would I need for 3 cows?

2 Comments
2024/06/28
22:56 UTC

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Ranch Social Media

Does anyone have a strong social media presence for their ranch that they're proud of? I would like to follow you and study your methods so that I too can grow my ranch's social media accounts.

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2024/06/28
02:51 UTC

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calf is active and alert but looks skinny

calf was born either yesterday or two days ago, i wasn't able to find it until today when i heard it bawling. on the first approach i was able to get close and pick it up, but after that it won't let me get close (i could probably catch it if i sprinted but it's already running faster than me jogging). i'm concerned it might not be nursing because it's very skinny (i can see the ribs) and the mother's udder is full to bursting and leaking milk, and she doesn't seem that interested in the calf (when i picked it up and it bawled loudly she didn't seem to care that much (Although the bull came after me right away).

should i be worried? if a calf is 2+ days old and is active and alert, would that be possible if it's not drinking or didn't get colostrum? thanks

0 Comments
2024/06/28
00:41 UTC

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Questions about horse breeding

I have a few problems please dm me

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2024/06/27
23:47 UTC

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Ducklings just vanish

Around 3 days ago 4 ducks hatched and yesterday around 12pm I went to check on them at they were fine, I did the same thing at 6pm but the ducks were gone the mother was in the same place they have been at but no babies. It was outside in my goat pen. Any idea what happened to them I've checked in the grass, in the yard, and in the barn but nothing. I would think if they got eaten that there would be feathers or blood or somthing.

6 Comments
2024/06/26
00:53 UTC

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Barn camera or something similar

Looking for recommendations for a barn camera. We don't have wifi. We can hardwire into our electric, but it'd be nice to get a camera for the driveway too.

Is there a camera that can run on starlink?? Or maybe thay wouldn't be cost effective, and I should find one with cell service instead?

Also, we get very cold hwre-- like 40 below 0 F. But we also don't get visitors or leave then, so maybe I'd just take the cameras down haha.

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2024/06/20
05:31 UTC

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Rehoming ducklings… ???

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2024/06/19
11:42 UTC

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Best way to get rid of flies

Hello!

We have had horses and goats for a long time and in the summer we hang giant fly traps and spray them with fly repellent every couple days and this keeps the issues at bay.

We have 2 steers this year and wow, flies galore. I am realizing that their manure is the issue here and wondering what the best option is for fly control. We did hang fly traps and spray them, but before I go wild buying different things to try I was hoping to see if anyone has a tried and true product/system that really minimizes the flies.

3 Comments
2024/06/16
20:51 UTC

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Do cows who see other cows being slaughtered feel sad?

Whats good people, we went to a farm today, and saw a cow being slaughtered, rather actually arrived after the cows were dead and were being cut up. All i saw were heads, and i was curious, are cows sentient enough to feel things similar to humans, given the appropriate situation? Like wed be mad and hurt if we saw genocide, perhaps they also feel it too?

Maybe if i was there earlier i could have seen their reactions, but hopefully someone else here has already seen it.

9 Comments
2024/06/16
12:13 UTC

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Looking for 6" round pressure treated 8' fencing posts. Does anyone have any cheap and good recommendations need about 300?

0 Comments
2024/06/04
15:36 UTC

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