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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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Snacks

It’s been over 20yrs for me. Anyone know the name of the snacks that are shaped like crescent moons that can be fed to goats, horses and donkeys?

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2024/03/26
03:08 UTC

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Pig farming electric fence

Hey guys, wondering what would be a good electric fence charger for pigs, ideally solar, I really need them to stay in the fenced area. Thanks!!

2 Comments
2024/03/25
00:51 UTC

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Bonsmara Bull temperature still at 40 Celsius/ 104 Fahrenheit

Hi all

I was hoping to get a few suggestions from this subreddit to help out my dad.
He farms with Bonsmara in Nylstroom South-Africa.

Tuesday (the 5th) the bull's temp was at 104F. We injected 67ml of Maxitet-LA then proceeded to wait until the Thursday. With the temp still being above 100F we called the vet who suggested we give the bull some Cortisol and Retinol, after which its temperature went down.

Come Saturday and it starts to climb again; 100F in the morning and then 102F later that same day. My dad then gave the bull Hitet-LA 200 Gold.
Again we waited a few days since this is apparently a slow acting medicine.

This morning (the 13th of March) we checked the bull's temp again and saw that it went up to 104F again. We gave him 30ml of antibiotic (sulfate) and another 20ml Cortisol. The vet is a no show and my dad is stressing non-stop.

My dad has been farming for years and isn't sure what the cause could be.

My knowledge in cattle is next to nothing and I was hoping I could help him out with some suggestions by asking here. If there are any questions I'll answer as best I can.
Thanks in advance

bull weight : 760KG/1675lbs

https://preview.redd.it/kf076bf7t8oc1.jpg?width=1600&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=6edcedb8dd229dfe3f595a4a32e116feaafddf94

1 Comment
2024/03/14
06:21 UTC

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planning on starting a poultry farm with my friend (we both don't know a thing about it)

I am 19 years old and currently learning software engineering in university and as for my friend he's doing his finals for high school this month because he got held back after changing schools. We plan on starting right after he finishes the exams at the end of this month. I understand that i need to prepare a place for the chickens to live and basic necessity equipment like feeders and drinkers as well as heaters just in case so that won't be a problem but any suggestions for a starter low budget farm is appreciated. My plan is to start with chickens for now and if things go well then we add other birds as well like quail and ducks but that's still far ahead. what breed should i get as broilers that not only grow big but are less prone to diseases and just in general how to take care of a broiler farm. I have very limited space in my backyard so i don't expect anymore than 30 chicks and since i don't live with my friend he too will have about the same amount or more depending on land in his own backyard until we can hopefully have one big space of our own to really get it going one day.

12 Comments
2024/03/14
00:16 UTC

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Bison, goats, or pigs in texas?

I'm just a guy who thinks about owning some space and putting it to use to aquire meat. I love thinking about starting a bison herd, its like a 30k initial cost but a very high reward and very low maintenance. Pigs and goats are admirable livestock imo, pigs seem messy and lambs seem too stupid. Goats seem easy, but pigs can bring some money just by selling the belly.

6 Comments
2024/03/07
05:47 UTC

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Live stock protection animals.

Looking for info on what is best for a live stock protection animal. I got a few questions

  1. Dogs, donkeys, mules, lamas what is best and why?

  2. What comes first the dog or the sheep?

  3. How to train a dog to guard sheep/chickens but also not to eat them.

  4. Do you buy a full grown donkey/mule or do you raise one?

  5. If you do raise a dog how do you transition it out of the house to live in the barn?

7 Comments
2024/02/27
16:05 UTC

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Butchering a pig in Masaya, Nicaragua (GRAPHIC)

1 Comment
2024/02/22
00:49 UTC

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Farrowing issues due to virus (Swine)

I've been a pig farmer for the past 5 years and this is the first time this has happened. We have had 5 litters almost completely die on us. Out of about 40 piglets only 10 have survived. All of the babies are born healthy and viable but at day 2 they start having issues. We have a closed herd so it is very naive but a few months ago (during breeding) we had some neighboring pigs bust in and have contact with our pigs. We have sent off cadavers to be tested at our local university and they think that it could be PRRS or Circo virus. I know these viruses have to come directly from pigs.

Now that you have the back story, has anyone else had to deal with this and if so, were u able to continue breeding or what did u do? I typically breed for 4H and breeders and I'm worried my whole operation will have to be shut down. For reference we pasture raise so there isn't a stitch of concrete to disinfect on our land. Thanks for any advice.

3 Comments
2024/02/21
05:06 UTC

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2week old goat having trouble

I am bottle feeding a 2week old kid and he has had trouble taking a bottle. I left for the day and my mom was going to feed him. he wasn’t taking the bottle and she gave him milk through a syringe. he is now breathing kind of raspy and his voice is a lot softer I tried using an aspirator but couldn’t get anything out. also hung him upside down supporting his head for 30 seconds. nothing

this has been going on since last night and I now fear the liquid in his lungs could progress to something worse. any tips for getting it out are please appreciated!

7 Comments
2024/02/19
20:56 UTC

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Livestock owners...

If you own livestock like alpacas, or sheep what do you do with them while you are away on vacation? How do keep them looked after?

(Sorry, I'm not an owner, but am looking to soon)

6 Comments
2024/02/18
06:04 UTC

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What percentage of your actual costs are for feed for your livestock? What brands of feed do you recommend buying and using?

What percentage of your actual costs are for feed for your livestock? What brands of feed do you recommend buying and using, does the brand or type of animal feed matter or can you just use generics?

1 Comment
2024/02/18
03:40 UTC

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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).

1 Comment
2024/02/10
08:15 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

9 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?

1 Comment
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.

3 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

0 Comments
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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