Most farms under "normal" circumstances have outstanding health and safety protocols in place to keep the livestock, the crops, and the people safe. In the wake of COVID-19, some additional standard operating procedures may be necessary to protect employees.
Sows and gilts experience heat stress as summer temperatures rise. The effects of heat stress continue well beyond managing those few steamy summer days. Heat stress may reduce breeding success and reduce the upcoming litter size and health.
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Eggs. They are versatile, fit into any meal or type of culture/recipe, a great source of protein, affordable, and easily prepared. From hors d’oeuvres to the main dish, to salads, to snacks, to exquisite desserts, eggs are a convenient go-to food, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or supper.
Cooking and baking are therapeutic! In fact, as my grandmother used to say, whether you’re cooking or baking, they are useful to you three times and ways. First, it’s good for the mind as it requires the act of planning and putting the ingredients together just so.
“We must ‘lead well’ and think beyond the farm.” That’s the recommendation made by two University of Minnesota (UM) veterinarians, Dr. Jeff Bender, and Dr. Montse Torremorell. In their work at UM College of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Public Health, they have published several resources to help keep livestock workers healthy as they care for animals.
Every day, 33 children sustain agriculture-related injuries. Every three days, a child dies because of an agriculture-related incident. That’s according to the National Ag Safety Database which reports the number of farm-accident fatalities is not declining in proportion to the decline in farm population, partly because of the increasing average age of people on farms.