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Farm and Family

  • Take online posts with a grain of salt; check reliable sources

    In today’s society, with increased internet access and social media presence, it is easy to become lost trying to research a specific topic or solution to a problem.

    If I check my social media accounts or emails, there is always that post or flyer wanting you to try this new and improved product or do this task a specific way. From the post or email, you might think, “I have to try this!”

    I’m not only talking about posts about kitchen appliances or recipes, but I’m am referring to agricultural post on social media and online.

  • Frost seeding increases pasture-hay field production

    Have your pastures and hay fields started to look a little thin? If so, now is the time to potentially remedy that problem.

    Grasses and legumes start to thin throughout the years and causes decrease in forage production.

    A technique called “frost seeding” is a great way to increase your pasture-hay field production without completely renovating your pastures and hay fields.

  • Environment, nutrition and separation stress weaning calves

    Over the last few months, I have gotten a few questions from beef producers about weaning calves. Most of the problems such as poor health and poor growth of calves is caused by stress. During weaning, calves experience four types of stress: physical, environmental, nutritional and social. All of these stresses can be minimized with proper management.

  • Don’t freeze poultry before putting them in the freezer

    Winter is here, and the temperature has dropped. This time of the year, I will usually receive a few questions about poultry care during freezing temperatures. During winter months, don’t worry about how cold it is because poultry are designed to withstand the cold. Their feathers offer plenty of heat and insulation to keep them warm, but things you should worry about are; clean thawed water, plenty of feed, good ventilation, lighting and flock safety.

  • Ditch technology to enjoy holiday break more

     

    The holidays are a wonderful time for family togetherness, but after a few days, everyone, no matter their age, begins to look for distractions. In a world of smart phones, tablets and laptops, our attention often turns to technology. But it is possible to keep young people active and engaged without technology.

  • Baby it’s cold outside: Keep firewood insects out of your home

     It is starting to feel a little more like winter. The temperature is dropping, and we have even had a few hard frosts.

    Back home in West Virginia, the cold temperatures meant one thing; start wheel barrowing firewood to our wood burning furnace in the basement garage. No matter what, we would find a few insects hitchhiking on the firewood and crawling from the firewood.

    Looking back, every load of firewood was potentially opening wood-infested insects into our home.

  • Celebrate Christmas in your hearts; in your yard

    Over the years, I have noticed more families buying living Christmas trees, and then planting the tree with its root ball attached in their yards.

    A great aspect about this activity is that the trees will be alive for years to come, so your family can always remember your tree and family togetherness.

    This is a great tradition but special care of your tree is needed.

    Here are some tips for ensuring successful live tree planting:

  • Ditch technology to enjoy holiday break more

     

    The holidays are a wonderful time for family togetherness, but after a few days, everyone, no matter their age, begins to look for distractions. In a world of smart phones, tablets and laptops, our attention often turns to technology. But it is possible to keep young people active and engaged without technology.

  • Ditch technology to enjoy holiday break more

     

    The holidays are a wonderful time for family togetherness, but after a few days, everyone, no matter their age, begins to look for distractions. In a world of smart phones, tablets and laptops, our attention often turns to technology. But it is possible to keep young people active and engaged without technology.

  • Ditch technology to enjoy holiday break more

     

    The holidays are a wonderful time for family togetherness, but after a few days, everyone, no matter their age, begins to look for distractions. In a world of smart phones, tablets and laptops, our attention often turns to technology. But it is possible to keep young people active and engaged without technology.