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  • Right Hay for Your Horse
    26/04/2023 0 Comments
    How to Choose the Right Hay for Your Horse

    Are you confident your horses get sufficient nourishment from the hay you feed them? Horses eat up to 2.5 percent of their body weight in dry matter daily. That means that, on average, a 900-pound horse needs at least 18 pounds of hay every day. That’s why ensuring your horse eats the best feed is essential. There are two main types of hay feed: legume hay and grass hay. Here’s what you need to know to keep your horses fully nourished.


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  • Pasture
    06/04/2023 0 Comments
    The Importance of Livestock Fencing for Pasture Management

    Proper fencing is a powerful management tool in efficient grazing systems. Here’s a look at the top benefits of erecting a solid fence around your pastureland to contain cattle and other grazing animals.


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  • Piglet
    10/03/2023 0 Comments
    6 Tips for Caring for Piglets

    If you’re new to raising pigs, you must ensure piglets get the care they need to grow into healthy adults. Whether you’re raising pigs for meat or breeding them to sell, healthy animals maximize profits. Here are six things piglets need to thrive.


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  • fence knot
    10/03/2023 0 Comments
    How to Remove Fence Knots

    Wire fencing is highly versatile. It’s sold in mesh rolls that you can cut, bend and splice into any size enclosure you choose. However, the wire is bound together using knots you’ll need to remove if you wrap a fence post or splice two pieces together. Fortunately, removing fence knots isn’t difficult if you follow these steps.


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  • livestock fence
    23/02/2023 0 Comments
    4 Things to Do Before You Build Your Livestock Fence

    Building a livestock fence takes careful planning. Without proper preparation, you’re apt to make costly mistakes that could force you to rip your entire fence down. You should do these four things before you start digging to ensure your livestock farm fencing is installed correctly the first time.

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  • Chicken Coop
    02/02/2023 0 Comments
    4 Chicken Coop Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

    If you raise chickens, you know how fussy and messy they can be. Keeping your chicken coop clean and your birds protected is a constant chore. The good news is there are a few things you can do to make maintaining your chicken coop a bit easier. Try these four chicken coop hacks.


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  • Fence Spacing
    25/01/2023 0 Comments
    How Far Apart Should Fence Posts Be?

    When building a fence, the installation techniques and materials you choose are crucial to the fence’s sturdiness and longevity. So, too, is the space between the fence posts. The best distance between your fence posts depends on several factors. Here’s what to consider when designing a new fence for your farm.


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  • Goat stuck in fence
    04/01/2023 0 Comments
    How to Ensure Your Goat Doesn’t Get Stuck in Your Farm Fence

    Commercial goat farming is gaining momentum in southern Ontario as more consumers look for cow milk alternatives. However, raising these curious, playful and highly social animals presents unique challenges to livestock farmers. Here are a few steps you can take to prevent your inquisitive goats from getting stuck in farm fences.



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  • Animals feeding in th farm
    26/12/2022 0 Comments
    Winter Feeding and Weight Management for Farm Animals

    In Ontario, heavy flurries and plunging temperatures are standard during winter. Therefore, farm animals, especially cattle that overwinter outdoors, require increased nutrients to stay warm and resist illness. Here are a few tips for keeping your livestock in tip-top shape in freezing temperatures.


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  • animals in snow field
    26/12/2022 0 Comments
    4 Ways to Simplify Winter Feeding

    From dangerous weather to scant daylight, winter brings a host of complications to your farming operation. To keep your animals amply fed and your costs under control, you must develop strategies to minimize the inevitable inefficiencies brought on by ice, snow and darkness. Here are four ways to streamline your winter feeding routine despite the elements.


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  • Iron fence in a farm to protect vegetables
    23/11/2022 0 Comments
    3 Types of Deer Fencing

    If you grow vegetables, you understand the challenges of keeping wildlife at bay, especially deer. Did you know that white-tailed deer can jump more than two metres (eight feet) high? Although you can try sprays, noise makers and motion sensor lights, installing a fence is the best way to prevent deer from munching on your vegetables. Here are a few materials suitable for creating an effective deer barrier.


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  • White fur coyote in the mountains
    03/11/2022 0 Comments
    How to Keep Coyotes Away from Livestock

    Coyotes are a common predator in southern Ontario. They’ve adapted well to urban development and can live closely with humans. Coyotes benefit the ecosystem by controlling small rodent populations. However, they’re dangerous to livestock, attacking goats, sheep and calves. Here are some ways to protect your livestock from coyote attacks.


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  • White horse behind a fence in the open field
    31/10/2022 0 Comments
    Understanding Fence Knots: Which Ones Are Best for You?

    When selecting heavy-duty wire fencing, many people fail to consider the type of knot used in manufacturing. Fence knots dictate a fence’s strength and flexibility, so you must choose the type of knot that best suits the purpose of your fence. Here are some common fence knots and their best uses.


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  • Man feeding a cow behind a wooden fence
    07/10/2022 0 Comments
    5 Advantages of Portable Corrals

    Managing livestock is a challenging job. A portable corral made of livestock panels can make handling livestock for vaccinations, tagging or loading onto trailers significantly easier. Here are five advantages of using a portable corral for a livestock farm.


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  • Four chickens in a chicken coop
    22/09/2022 0 Comments
    How to Winterize Your Chicken Coop

    Winter is a difficult time for chickens. In addition to the threat of hypothermia and frostbite, extreme cold can weaken chickens and make them more susceptible to other illnesses. Moreover, stressed birds lay fewer eggs. Winterizing your chicken coop with these helpful tips can help alleviate winter effects and keep your flock healthy and happy through the harshest days.


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  • 2 chickens feeding in a farm
    02/09/2022 0 Comments
    3 Tips to Help Your Chickens Moult

    Moulting is a natural and necessary process whereby chickens lose their old feathers and regrow new ones. Moult usually occurs in the fall when the days get shorter. It lasts about eight weeks and can cause a decrease in egg production. Here are three things you can do to improve the moulting experience for your flock.


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  • Wooden fencing in a farm
    24/08/2022 0 Comments
    3 Ways to Save Money on Farm Fencing

    If you have cows, goats, pigs or other farm animals, you understand the importance of keeping them safe with durable fencing. However, fencing projects can be expensive. Here are a few ways to save a dollar on farm fencing without cutting corners.


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  • Shed for livestock and farm animals
    04/08/2022 0 Comments
    5 Clever Uses for Cattle Panels

    Cattle panels are durable and designed for the rigours of farm life. Made of heavy-gauge, hot-dipped, galvanized steel wire, ranchers often use them for containing cattle and other livestock on farms and homesteads. However, they’re incredibly versatile and have many possible uses. Here are five creative ways to use cattle panels on your rural property.

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  • Black cow
    13/07/2022 0 Comments
    What to Consider When Building Fencing for Bison

    Bison is the largest animal in North America. Fully grown adult males are three metres tall, 2.7 metres long, and weigh between 900 and 1,300 kilograms. As a semi-domesticated animal, bison still have wild tendencies. Therefore, bison ranches need high, sturdy fences. Here are four things to consider when building livestock fencing for bison.

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  • cow on street
    02/07/2022 0 Comments
    Cattle Guards Vs Metal Gates

    When you keep livestock, you need to ensure your fields are accessible, but you also must prevent your animals from escaping. You may be considering installing gates or cattle guards for your entryways, but there are many factors to consider. To help you determine which access solution will work best for you, here’s a brief overview of the benefits and drawbacks of cattle guards and conventional gates.

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  • White and brow cow
    28/06/2022 0 Comments
    What to Look for in a Cattle Squeeze

    A cattle squeeze chute is an indispensable piece of farm equipment for many livestock operations. It makes catching and restraining cattle easier, improves safety for livestock and handlers, and reduces stress for the animals. Here are five things to consider when choosing a new cattle squeeze.

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  • Hens in farm
    09/06/2022 0 Comments
    How to Get Your Chickens Back to Their Coop at Night

    Letting your chickens roam free makes for healthier birds, nutrient-dense eggs and potential savings on feed costs. The key to successful roaming is to keep your chickens safe and warm overnight when predators are most likely to do harm. Here are some ways to ensure your hens and roosters come home to roost. 

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  • Pigs inside the fencing
    26/05/2022 0 Comments
    The Best Fencing Options for Pigs

    If you’re raising pigs, you need fencing that can resist their physical strength, cleverness, and curiosity. Pigs have sharp teeth and strong jaws that can bend weak fence sections until they give way. While pigs don’t typically burrow under the ground, their pacing and rooting can wear down the earth enough to make space for them to escape.

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  • Goat inside the fencing
    04/05/2022 0 Comments
    5 Considerations When Choosing Goat Fencing

    Goats can climb, jump and crawl underneath almost any type of livestock fencing. However, some types of fencing are more secure than others. Additionally, how you install your fencing can help prevent loose animals. Here are five things to consider about goat fencing.

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  • Hen looking outside the window
    20/04/2022 0 Comments
    The Benefits of Using Rubber Flooring in Chicken Coops

    If you’re looking for chicken coop flooring, you need a safe and serviceable solution. Your chickens need a material that’s easy on their toes and safe to peck around on. You require a material that’s easy to install, clean and maintain. Here are some reasons why rubber chicken coop flooring ticks all the boxes.

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  • hens
    06/04/2022 0 Comments
    Tips for Transporting Chickens in Ontario

    Transportation puts a tremendous amount of stress on your chickens. If done improperly, chickens can injure themselves or even die during the moving process. Taking steps to transport your chickens humanely will minimize stress, produce healthier chickens and a more profitable flock. Here are some tips for transporting chickens in Ontario.

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  • Big Plastic Transport Boxes for Chickens Farm Equipment
    15/03/2022 0 Comments
    How to Choose the Right Chicken Crate

    Raising chickens in suburban and urban areas has become increasingly popular in recent years. Along with the requisite coop, run, feeder and water dispenser, you should also invest in a chicken crate. Crates can be used to transport your birds or isolate sick or hen-pecked poultry. Here are a few tips for choosing the right crate for your needs.

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  • Farm Pigs on straw bedding
    15/03/2022 0 Comments
    4 Alternative Bedding Options for Livestock

    Although straw is the go-to bedding choice for many farmers, it’s important to have other options in mind if this material becomes difficult to source or drastically increases in price. Moreover, recent research suggests that excessive amounts of straw dust can be detrimental to animal health. Here are four alternative bedding options to consider for your livestock.

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  • Farm fence in winter
    28/01/2022 0 Comments
    How to Prepare Your Farm Fencing for the Winter


    As a farmer, you’re probably well-aware of the amount of work that goes into preparing for the winter months. Among other things, you have to be sure that your fences are in prime condition and effectively winterized before the first big snow hits.

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  • corral shelter
    12/01/2022 0 Comments
    The Benefits of Corral Shelters


    Ensuring that your horses have access to shelter is essential to their well-being. They need refuge from the sun, flies, wind and rain in order to feel their best. A good shelter should be well-ventilated and be easy to adapt to your changing needs.

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  • wire fence
    20/12/2021 0 Comments
    How to Maintain Wire Fencing


    Farmers often use fencing to protect their crops and contain their livestock. Wire fencing in particular is a popular choice in the agricultural industry because it’s affordable, customizable and easy to install.

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  • bale feeder
    16/12/2021 0 Comments
    Tips for Choosing the Right Bale Feeder


    The cost of feed is one of the greatest expenses associated with raising livestock. Unfortunately, a lot of it goes to waste due to poor storage methods and improper feeding practices.

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  • Livestock Fence
    25/11/2021 0 Comments
    How to Choose the Best Livestock Fencing


    If you keep livestock on your farm, proper fencing is a must. Some animals, however, are easier to fence in than others. Here’s an overview of the best types of fencing for a variety of common livestock.

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  • hobby farm
    11/11/2021 0 Comments
    5 Animals That Are Easy to Raise on a Hobby Farm

    Are you new to hobby farming? Do you want to expand your operation by adding another type of livestock? If so, here are five animals you may want to consider.

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