How-to

The Science of Spring Tetany

Livestock
While it may be tempting to let your cattle loose on your lush green pastures, take care to ensure you’re reducing your herd’s risk of grass tetany incidents.

Preventing Grass Tetany In Cattle

Livestock
Unfortunately sometimes the first sign of a grass tetany is finding dead cows in your pasture. Grass Tetany can strike quickly, leaving the animal dead within hours of the onset of symptoms, making detection and treatment that much more difficult. In the battle against grass tetany it’s best to try to prevent it rather than treat it.

Preparing for Spring Calving

Livestock
The more preparation put in prior to calving, the easier your calving season should be. Now is the time to make sure your spring calving herd is in good body condition, you have the right equipment on hand, and calving areas are prepared.

Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter

Livestock
With winter weather fast approaching, it’s time for beef farmers to develop and finalize their winter herd management plans. Cold temperatures bring added stress on cattle as they adjust to temperature fluctuations, wind, snow, rain and mud.

Nutrition Fuels Goat Performance

Livestock
Proper nutrition from Southern States will help you get more out of your herd. While most cattlemen spend a great deal of time and effort on herd nutrition, the same claim can’t be made for goat producers.

Dairy Cattle Fly Control

Livestock
Flies in your dairy barn are more than just a nuisance to cows and humans; they can take a bite out of your profits. The key to controlling flies in your dairy barn is to begin fly control preparation in early spring before temperatures start to rise and fly breeding season begins. The earlier you act, the less likely you are to have a large fly population.

Why Cattle Farmers Fall Calve

Livestock
There are many reasons to choose fall as your calving season, including weather, cattle health, & market conditions. If you run beef cattle, here’s what to consider.

Starting A Small Hobby Farm

Farm
Thinking of starting a small hobby farm or hobby farming? Check out these tips and ideas from Southern States on shelter, soil, management, fencing, and more.

Keep Chickens Well Watered in Summer

Farm
Planning for summer chicken care will ensure that your flock has sufficient water on very hot days. The poultry experts at Southern States have some helpful tips for keeping your chickens cool and hydrated during the heat of summer.

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