Am I feeding enough of the right type of feed? Since most people feed by the "scoop" rather than by weight, if is often easy to overestimate the amount of feed you are providing. Weighing out your feed will help. Additionally, be sure to consult the feeding directions on the back of the bag. Most feeds are formulated [...]
Now that the weather has finally warmed up, horse owners are starting to spend more time with their horses, and are looking forward to even more enjoyable riding weather. There are some nutritional concerns, however, during this season, and some management issues we should address to ensure the health and performance of our horses. First, [...]
Spring has officially sprung! Remember that sudden forage changes in your horse's diet may trigger digestive issues. Feed hay immediately before turn-out to help him or her from overeating on lush, green pasture. Restricting grazing time will also help minimize risks. Here's a rule of thumb: allow 30 minutes of grazing once or twice a [...]
Autumn is a good time to make sure everything in is in tiptop shape for the cold weather that’s just around the corner. The preparations you make now can have a long-term impact on the health and comfort of your goats, so here are a few fall tips: • Even hardy animals like goats need [...]
Body condition scores (BCS) are an excellent means of monitoring the effectiveness of your beef-cow-nutrition program. Here are 10 management tips to help ensure your cows are at a target BCS of 6.0 by calving: Late summer-Evaluate your cows while still on grass. If they score thin to borderline moderate during this time and forage availability is still sufficient, provide a [...]
Looking to make your own hummingbird nectar? Here is a easy recipe. 1 Part Sugar 4 Parts Water Boil 1-2 Minutes Cool & Store In Refrigerator Never use honey or artificial sweeteners! Honey ferments easily, and can cause sores in a hummers mouth. Artificial sweeteners have no food value.
Broodmares have specific nutritional requirements that differ from other classes of horses. There are differences both in the amount of feed mares need and the nutrient concentration needed in that feed. Throughout the year the broodmare goes through three different phases, each with a different nutritional demand. She is either in early gestation, late gestation [...]