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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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Suggestions for a beginning duck-keeper.

So, what kinds of pen and shelter should I get to start with? I'm unlikely to start with very many, probably less then 10, looking into dual use (eggs and meat).

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2024/02/10
08:15 UTC

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Fit for this feed.

I am marketing a feed for livestock and I think it would be best for cattle but I am a merchant and don't like to pretend like I am a nutritionist. What animals does this stuff fit with? 13% pro, 6.5% fat 25% fiber. Made up of breading, veg oil, ddg, cracked corn, rice mill feed. If this is not allowed, Let me know and I will take it down.

0 Comments
2024/02/09
19:09 UTC

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Livestock guardian against alligators?

I live in an area where gators are a problem, are there any livestock guardian animals at all that would be effective against them? EDIT: I'm going to have to leave them unattended in a pasture for a few days at a time, so that's why I'm asking. A gun's not going to help for this

4 Comments
2024/02/09
07:14 UTC

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Where should I look for a livestock guardian dog?

I’m a small hobby farmer in western Washington. We have several sheep and we’ve unfortunately lost several to coyotes. I’m hoping to buy a livestock guardian dog, but I’m not sure where to get one. Google searches have not been very helpful. I’d appreciate some tips!

4 Comments
2024/02/07
04:41 UTC

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How many cows can i fit on 38 acres?

We wont be building for a couple years and i want to do something with the land to cover council rates.

12 Comments
2024/02/01
02:07 UTC

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Dumb question regarding Scourguard 4kc

How long does ScourGaurd 4kc last once fully administered to unvaccinated cows? Do you have to vaccinate more than once a year or just 3-6 weeks before every following calving season?

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2024/01/30
23:40 UTC

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Is it okay to raise male and female mangalitsa pigs together if intend to breed after?

I want to raise mangalitsa piggies and breed them.

A family member has done this, but told me that they raised a breeding pair together and they never ended up mating because they formed a "sibling bond" even though they werent related, and said i should raise them separately.

I found this kind of suspicious, is that even possible? I feel like it would be cruel to not keep a pair together for company.

2 Comments
2024/01/24
17:15 UTC

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Who here keeps LGDs?

I’ve got a myself a wonderful GP mixed in with a bit of Saint Bernard, great girl. Great with sheep and their lambs, goats and their kids, heifers and their calves, ducks, ducklings,chickens, chicks, cats, bunnies, and the kids. My only problem is she won’t stay on our 10 acres no matter what I do! I have a road out in the front and she keeps going out to it and I have no idea what to do. I’ve tried a shock collar, no response, crate she bust out, putting in the barn she dug out, putting her in the back yard area with chain link she hops over, hot wired it and she still gets out, I tried a weight with a chain, which kept her in the yard but what’s the point of having a guardian if she isn’t with her critters? She’s up all night guarding, and wanders when the sun starts to come up, and during the day when the animals are napping. Does anyone have any suggestions?

9 Comments
2024/01/19
23:11 UTC

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Sheep for small farm

I am looking into getting some hair sheep to run my10 acres that has a cattle water on it already and just needs a few more fences built. I think I have my mind made up about running catahdin, I think that’s the right spelling. From what I’ve read they have a high chance of throwing twins and are a pretty hardy animal. And being in southeast missouri we have fairly cold winters and very hot summers. I plan to only start out with 4 sheep. However I can’t decide if I need to get 3 ewes and a ram or just try to buy 4 bred ewes. I’d like to not have to keep a ram until we get the hang of everything and see how it’s going to work out and basically just save the hassle of having to keep them separated. I plan to only lamb once a year as I am not a fan of having babies hit the ground in the winter. (I use to have a few cows and winter calving wasn’t great). Is that a reasonable thing to do? Also I plan to rotate them on plots on the 10 acres or maybe even keep one plot open all summer so they have food for the winter. Is that a reasonable expectation or is feeding hay in the winter a standard practice?

5 Comments
2024/01/19
22:22 UTC

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El Tano: The story of a Red Deer farmer in Patagonia in Argentina

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2024/01/19
18:34 UTC

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Is this normal pig behavior/pigs drinking other pigs’ blood?

I have a faint memory of going to a pig farm with my cousin and dad about 14 years ago so my memory might be hazy about this.

My dad told the farmer which pig he wanted slaughtered and I saw the farmer get his firearm and walk towards a group of grown pigs. The farmer shot a pig in the head and as soon as it dropped all the pigs around it started huddling and slurping the pool of blood. They were really going at it liked they done it before.

Is this normal pig behavior? I know pigs will eat anything under the sun but to drink another pig’s blood seems so crazy to me. I tried googling this but nothing shows up except for savaging of piglets. These were full grown pigs though.

I recently talked to my cousin about this and she said she doesn’t remember it even though she was next to me when it happened. This makes me wonder if I imagined all this in the first place.

4 Comments
2024/01/16
07:47 UTC

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Keeping goats?

Hello, I’m looking at moving to some property by November and there is definitely enough land to keep animals. Only animals I’ve ever kept was chickens. I’ve always wanted to get goats so curious if y’all have any advice for first goat owners planning on using them for dairy. Do you recommend keeping goats?

3 Comments
2024/01/15
05:36 UTC

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Smelly Leaf Lard?

Hi, each year I purchase a whole pig from a local Amish farmer, and butcher it myself. The leaf lard is always completely neutral in smell, but this year it had an off odor, hard to describe, but kinda gross and 'pig' smelling. Nothing else on the pig had any scent, not the meat or other fat.

Any ideas what could cause this? Does feed or diet make a difference, or something else? Any info would be appreciated, thanks!

1 Comment
2024/01/14
13:32 UTC

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What do farmer do with animals when it’s VERY cold outside?

I live in Alberta and the temp in my area has been around -30 degree Celsius during the day and -40 at night. It’s been like this since Wednesday evening. What do farmers do to try and keep as many animals alive as possible?

2 Comments
2024/01/13
23:47 UTC

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Have some questions about hauling cattle/horses..

Hello everyone, I’ve been thinking about making some extra money with my stock trailer and hauling in my local area 1 or 2 days a week . This wouldn’t be a big operation, I have a 16 ft corn pro stock trailer so not hauling a lot. Im talking about hauling cattle, pigs, maybe some horses for people who need them moved etc. My question is how should I charge? What type of insurance would I need to do that? I was talking with our ferrier the other day and he said that it’s definitely needed in our area. I live in Western Pa if that matters.

Anyways. Just something I want to do to make a few extra bucks because the trailers just sitting there so why not try to make some money. Any and all help is appreciated! Thanks in advance.

4 Comments
2024/01/12
04:45 UTC

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Fowl

Has anyone ever raised quail? I’m considering quail vs chicken because of the size, less sound and quality of meat but I’m nervous with quails being able to fly.

Any suggestions?

1 Comment
2024/01/09
06:50 UTC

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Most common abnormalities?

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2024/01/06
21:07 UTC

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Any advice on How to keep the chickens comfortable during colder months?

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2024/01/03
15:10 UTC

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10 ducks and 10 chickens killed by unknown species overnight

A bunch of ducks and chickens in my farm were killed in 1 night. Each bird has 2 large puncture marks on its body. The carcasses were left, slightly drained of blood with feathers everywhere. There was no blood on the ground as well. However, one of the ducks was eaten (only bones and the head were left uneaten)

The ducks and chickens were placed in 2 separate areas but were still killed on the same night. Happened between 1-5am and no sounds were heard.

The duck coop net had 2 holes (one in the middle of the net the size of a hand, the other looked like the net was lifted off the ground)

Additional info:

  • 10 chickens from the neighboring farm were killed the following night
  • 3 goats were killed last month
  • Location is in Cavite, Philippines

(pictures can be shown when requested, might be too grotesque)

Any thoughts on what might have happened?

2 Comments
2024/01/02
14:17 UTC

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Mangement Intensive Grazing on 28 irrigated acres

Back in July of 2023 we sold our horse boarding business and bought 30 acres with a house. There is roughly 28 acres with 33 shares of water. It is flood irrigated, but I would like to put it under pressure.

What is the general opinion of running steers from May through September to eat the grass. I would be fencing with electric fences and splitting it up into small pastures to move daily. I've attended the Lost River Grazing Academy, and it seems like this could be doable. Of course, most of the people in the course were from big ranches, I believe the same system could be shrunk down to match my current property.

We live in Southwestern Idaho and there are thousands of head of cattle all around us.

Thoughts

1 Comment
2024/01/01
22:48 UTC

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Border Collie VS Australian Shepherd

Hi! I’m brand new and just got my hat handed to me over at r/ranching until someone was kind enough to point me in this direction. I have so many questions, hopefully the conversation can help someone else too.

Do you have a preferred breed of herding dog? We are leaning toward the shepherd because of the shorter hair = less grooming and it seems to be utilized on a lot of the ranches around us.

8 Comments
2023/12/31
22:43 UTC

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Rain Turned To Ice & Tractors Sliding

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2023/12/29
04:41 UTC

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Best state to start over in

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2023/12/28
01:31 UTC

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Work Every Morning On The Farm

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2023/12/23
11:32 UTC

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