No matter what species of livestock you raise, they need to eat. What they eat depends on the crops they consume. But it is imperative to acknowledge that the crops are consumers also. They rely on nutrients procured from and through healthy soil.
Farm succession is not a single event. It is most often a long, transitional process. Some farm management experts note that farm succession comprises three distinct phases:
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Light management is an integral part of raising laying hens. In fact, it is of essential importance to all types of chickens. With a growth in the rate producers are switching to cage-free housing, attention to lighting has gained interest.
Rodents have persistently challenged farmers throughout the ages, stealing grain, fouling premises with excrement, and causing destruction to infrastructure and environments.
The National Pork Board has launched a new tool to help the pork industry respond efficiently and effectively in case of a foreign animal disease outbreak.
As we welcome in 2021, we find the U.S. egg industry approximately five years into a ten-year transition toward cage-free egg production. Already, one-quarter of the U.S. laying hen flock has been transitioned to cage-free housing. But there is so much more to do.
Livestock producers may have new tools available to them thanks to recent adjustments made to USDA's Risk Management programs. Feeder cattle operators may find some new options.