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Keeping Cattle Parasite Free

Keeping Cattle Parasite Free

Parasites have several negative effects on cattle health and productivity. They suppress appetite, negatively impact growth, damage gut lining and make cattle more susceptible to disease. An Iowa State University study calculated a cost of up to $190 per animal resulting from the decreases in gain and reproduction in non-dewormed cattle. Cattlemen should consider a deworming program to combat parasites as a critical part of a herd health plan. This allows cattle to reach their full genetic potential, increase intake, nutrient absorption, and improved overall health, growth and reproduction. Before we get to some thoughts about a program, let’s talk...

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River and Lake Safety

River and Lake Safety

Summer will be fast approaching and as the temperature warms many of us will be headed out to lakes and rivers to hike or just cool off and enjoy the summer weather.  This is also a chance to spend some quality time and have fun with the family dog.  While this can be an enjoyable way to spend the day, there are some safety measures that should be followed. Go Slowly:  Introduce dogs to the water slowly.  Let them go in at their own pace.  The old “throw them in”, method does not work and will only serve to make...

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The Chicken Digestive System and Immune System: An Important Partnership

The Chicken Digestive System and Immune System: An Important Partnership

Overview of Immune System As humans, we rely on our immune systems every day to protect us from viruses, bacteria, toxins, and fungi. When this network of organs, cells, and proteins defeats a threat to our body, it makes a record of how to defend against the invader. The next time the body is faced with this particular attacker, the immune system can defeat it swiftly and efficiently. The chicken’s immune system functions in a similar way. It is also complex. Its main defenses are lymphoid organs, which produce, store, and carry cells that fight infection. The primary lymphoid organs...

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Why are Trace Minerals Good for Horses?

Why are Trace Minerals Good for Horses?

Trace minerals are required by animals in small amounts, usually only milligrams per day. The most common trace minerals include zinc, copper, cobalt, manganese, iron, iodine and selenium. The organic trace mineral complexes used in all premium Nutrena® horse feeds, including SafeChoice® and ProForce® are absorbed into the body better than conventional trace minerals because they are chelated, meaning they are bound one-to-one with an amino acid. Better absorption means an optimal quantity is formulated into the feeds, reducing the amount of wasted minerals. A diet fully fortified with organic trace minerals provides the following benefits for horses: Improved hair...

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Preparing Your Horse For Winter

Preparing Your Horse For Winter

Everyone that has a horse, who also lives in cold winter temperatures, has a guest house where their horse can sit next to a warm fire, read books and smoke out of the finest hand-crafted pipe.Or not…Much of the time, horses are stuck in extremely cold temperatures with very little to protect them from the harsh weather conditions. If you don’t have a heated house for you’re your horse to stay, here are some tips on winterizing your horse:Give me shelterThe best option for your horse is to be housed in a barn where they are surrounded on all sides...

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