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  • Feeding Cattle for Fertility

    A cow that doesn’t produce a calf each year is a profit drainer rather than a profit gainer for any cow-calf operation. In an ideal world, each cow in your herd will be pregnant for 285 days and then breed back within 80 days, giving you a calf every year (within every 12 months). To accomplish this feat, your cow needs to be at the top of her nutritional game.
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  • Laying Out Your Property to Support a Small Beef Operation

    Have you considered raising beef cattle? Before you bring the first head of cattle onto your land you must determine what type of operation you want to run. The two most popular types are cow/calf and stocker operations. While both operations will require pasture and feeding systems, cattle-handling equipment and loading (transportation) facilities, planning for your specific operation will make life easier once the cattle arrive.
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  • Summer Pasture Management

    Proactively managing your pasture through the summer can help provide quality nutrition for your livestock all season long and next season, too. Let the pasture experts at your local Southern States store help you make sure the grass is always greener on your side.
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  • 10 Essential Items for Your Barn Medicine Chest

    The best way to handle any emergency situation that may arise with your horse is to think like a scout and be prepared. A well- stocked barn medicine chest will let you immediately start treating your horse’s injury or illness, instead of running around the barn looking for items you need.
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  • Pest Control For Your Stable

    If you own a barn or manage a stable, you’re likely aware of one persistent problem that plagues them all. PESTS. No matter the weather, season, or temperature, pests make their way to your stalls unless you have a formidable plan to dissuade them. Hopefully, you have an excellent strategy already in place. If you don’t, consider these pest control tips to fortify your stable and deter those pesky menaces from causing unnecessary harm to your barn ecosystem.
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  • Harvest and Storage of Grain

    The measures taken during the harvesting and storage of grain are critical to keeping it in good condition until the grain is needed. Preparation, consistent monitoring, and being proactive throughout harvest and storage are the best ways to safeguard the grain’s quality and usability.
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  • Succession Planting To Maximize Your Harvest

    If you plan on growing fruits and vegetables to bring from garden to table, you may be wondering how you can maximize your harvest - especially if you have limited space for planting. Succession planting (also called successive planting) is a simple strategy to keep your garden producing crops all season long. All it takes is a little planning ahead.
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