Posts Categorized: Nutrition

How Much Hay Should My Horse Eat Per Day?

November 1st, 2016 - SEOTERIC

All horse owners know that the way they feed their horse is extremely important to their animal’s overall health and condition. However, horse owners sometimes need help figuring out exactly how much hay their horse should consume in a day. Horses that are more active will require more hay than those that are idle. Each animal has a different metabolism and will need an individual meal plan.

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The Benefits Of Using Alfalfa Hay As A Supplement

September 6th, 2016 - SEOTERIC

Keeping weight on beef cattle can become quite a struggle during the winter time for most farmers. Grazing is very limited during this time and cattle will need supplements to stay healthy and remain at a proper weight. Alfalfa is a supplement that will keep your livestock in great shape throughout the winter season. Some farmers believe supplementing with this variety of hay is too expensive, but it actually serves as a positive investment. The benefits of using alfalfa hay as a supplement can be extended to livestock and to cattle owners.

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3 Tips For Raising Grass Fed Cattle

September 2nd, 2016 - SEOTERIC

Raising grass fed cattle is a task that requires you to provide a healthy, balanced, and safe diet throughout the entire life of your animals. Grass fed beef is highly recommended for human consumption because a natural diet in cattle does not typically create health risks. In addition to grass, there are certified supplements that should be fed to your cattle to ensure year round productivity.

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The 7 Most Common Mistakes Made When Feeding Horses

August 19th, 2016 - SEOTERIC

Making mistakes when it comes to feeding your horses can compromise their health and cost you money in wasted feed. Unfortunately, the way horses are typically fed is greatly affected by the desire to rush through a busy schedule. Instead, as a horse owner, the nutritional needs of your horses should be a top priority.

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Should You Add Cattle To Your Livestock?

August 12th, 2016 - SEOTERIC

Many small farmers are weighing the idea of adding cattle to their mix of livestock. Cattle can be beneficial to any farm and they generally require less work than many other livestock animals. However, cattle are definitely not labor free and adding them to your farm will come with certain demands that have to be met. You need to ask yourself several questions during your decision making process to ensure you are ready to add cattle to your operation.

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When To Turn Your Livestock Out To Pasture

August 8th, 2016 - SEOTERIC

The fact that late winter and early spring are common times for livestock starvation, surprises many. While producers are anxious for pastures to turn green during springtime, it actually takes several weeks afterward for forage to contain essential nutrients needed for livestock. Some producers stop feeding hay to their livestock too early. The livestock then consume early forage, which has a high water content and often causes diarrhea.

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3 Benefits Of Hydrating Your Livestock Using Quality Hay

August 5th, 2016 - SEOTERIC

Heat can be difficult for livestock to bear during the hot summer months. The effects of overheating can harm the animals as well as the pocketbooks of farmers who own the livestock. Medical bills and death due to this overheating can be a huge expense. It is extremely important to keep your livestock cool during these increasingly hot months. Though most people understand the normal procedures, like making sure there is enough water readily available, there is one lesser known safety commodity during this time. This commodity, quality hay, is great at helping to keep your livestock hydrated.

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6 Types Of Dairy Cows That Require A Healthy Diet

August 1st, 2016 - SEOTERIC

There are over 200 breeds of cows around the world. However, only a few of those breeds are considered dairy cows. Dairy cattle generally produce a greater volume of milk for a longer period of time. U.S. dairy farmers are now producing three times more milk than they did 50 years ago with half as many cows, according to the USDA.

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3 Steps To Maintain A High Quality Pasture

July 27th, 2016 - SEOTERIC

A quality pasture for your cattle is essential to the quality of the food or milk they provide. When a field is subpar, you can bet your cow’s milk will be low quality and the meat from your cattle will be less desirable. You may know that you need to improve the quality of your pasture, but you are unsure how to do this. The methods you will use to improve your pasture will vary depending on the climate in your area and your soil. However, there are ways for every farmer to ensure that their pasture is nutritious for their cattle.

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3 Dietary Needs For Your Sheep

July 22nd, 2016 - SEOTERIC

Over 5 million sheep are being raised throughout the United States. Compared to other livestock, the sheep industry in the U.S. is rather small. There were about 80,000 ranches and farms throughout the country in 2013. The American Sheep Industry is attempting to change this by working to grow the number of operations in the country.

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