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How to Jump Start Bottle Baby Goats

Every goat producer dreams of a perfect kidding season. You know the one. All babies are born correctly and easily. Does immediately act like the perfect mother, nuzzling and loving on their new bundles of joy. The kids respond to mom’s love by hopping right up and finding the teat to nurse. I have news for you. …

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5 Sure Signs Your Doe is Close to Kidding

Are you looking for signs your doe is close to kidding? You definitely need to know the signs your doe is close to kidding. Kidding is like Christmas with a cute cuddly gift at the end. And watching the experience is even better. But, meat goat ranchers have a tendency to become overexcited when the expected …

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3 Ways to Prevent Leg Circulation Issues in Meat Birds

Chick Fans, We are on the downhill slide of meat bird production. With only three weeks left to go, the birds are eating and growing well. I did have a problem this week with one bird. I walked in to feed them in the morning and the poor bird could not walk. He was very …

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Sweet Potato Fail: How to Soften Soil Compaction

Let’s face it. Gardening as a whole was epic failure this year. I blame the excessive rainy weather. In the month of June, we received over one foot of rain total in our neck of the woods. Yes, rain makes corn but too much rain hurt productivity in my potatoes, squash, pumpkins, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes. …

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When Chickens Outgrow Their Pen: Three Things that Must Happen

Wondering what happens when chickens outgrow their pen or brooder? Well, they get a new pen, of course. It’s super important for chickens at any stage to have plenty of room so they don’t start to peck on one another. If you jump start chicks in a brooder, they’re going to grow fast. So fast …

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How I Use Antibiotics in my Meat Goat Operation

It’s story time, folks, and I’m going to share a sad story with you. It’s sad, but it does have a happy ending. It has to do with saving innocent lives. There has been a lot of talk about the use of antibiotics in meat animals, especially since Subway recently announced it would be conforming …

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Cute, Fluffy & Yellow: How Chicks Change In Just One Week

A few things have changed since I jump started my Cornish Cross meat bird chicks. It’s amazing how chicks change in just one week. You can read about how I start them HERE. Here’s what has changed in one week’s time: They are eating and drinking more. The chicks have already went through one entire 50 …

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