Knowledge Center Blog

Welcome to the Farm Credit Knowledge Center Blog!  This blog is a combination of posts from industry experts, Knowledge Center staff and guest contributors covering all aspects of agriculture and life in the country.  We want you to participate in this blog, sharing your thoughts and comments about the topics posted here.

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Preparing for Winter - Livestock Edition!

For many, preparing for winter means pulling that box of sweaters out of the attic, putting away the flip flops and maybe chopping (or buying) some firewood.  But for those with livestock, preparing for winter has an entirely different meaning.
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Farming Methods - Rotational Grazing

Spring is here, and it actually feels like spring today!  With the few warm days that we’ve had recently, it also starting to look like spring…some of the early flowers are starting to bloom, trees are starting to show buds, and the grass is starting to green up – and much to my husband’s dismay, grow as well!  That grass is oh so important to livestock producers who have been feeding hay all winter; it signifies that the grazing season is not far away.  Pastures are an important tool for anyone who grows livestock and, properly managed, can do an incredible job at providing nutrients.  As a part of our “farming methods” series, we’d like to share a little bit about rotational grazing and some of the benefits and advantages of this farming method.
 
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Nutrition - Its Not Just for People!

“Nutrition” is a hot topic today – between labels, nutrition information and diets nutrition is always at the forefront of our minds.  But did you know that nutrition for livestock is just as important?  I had the opportunity to attend a conference held by Purina, an animal nutrition company, in July, and am very glad I was able to make the trip.  Most animal science majors have to take at least a basic nutrition class during their college career, and every cattle person has to have at least a basic knowledge of cattle nutrition to feed their livestock, so I have had at least some exposure to the topic.  However I will freely admit it has never been my favorite topic, and like most other fields of livestock production, the field of nutrition is ever changing and expanding.
 
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