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What Do Goats Really Eat?

September 9, 2013 11:21:05 AM CDT

What Do Goats REALLY Eat? Written By Janice Spaulding - Goat School Volumes can be written about this subject alone. This article will cover basic information on feeding and minerals. A few years ago we lost a beautiful doe in her last few weeks of pregnancy. Opting for a necropsy was one of the wisest decisions we have ever made. The necropsy gave us “inside” information on how a goat makes and distributes fat throughout their body. The outward appearance of a goat is not always informative on the inside condition.Read More
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Goats: Meat, Fiber and Dairy

August 5, 2013 12:41:03 PM CDT

Article written by Janice Spaulding It is a thrill and an honor to be able to write and share my goat knowledge with the subscribers of the Omega Fields Newsletters! Having raised goats for 25 years, and suffered through all the trial and errors, my husband, Ken and I, have accumulated a vast knowledge of the nuances of raising several varieties of goats including dairy, meat, and fiber.Read More
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Spraddle Leg

August 5, 2013 12:40:26 PM CDT

SPRADDLE LEG by Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily Hopefully you will never have to worry about a chick with spraddle leg ( also called splayed leg), but as is the case with everything else chicken-related, it's always best to be prepared ...just in case. Spraddle Leg is a condition that a chick is either born with or develops within the first few hours of life whereby one or both legs slip out to the sides making them unable to stand or walk.Read More
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100 Miles in One Day in 100 Degree Temperatures

July 25, 2013 10:32:46 AM CDT

100 miles…in One Day…in 100+ degree temperatures Considered to be a “grueling mountain marathon for horses”, the Western States Trail Ride, or The Tevis Cup, is one of the most challenging 100-mile rides in the world. The Ride started on July 20th at 5:15 a. m. at Robie Park near Lake Tahoe with the first place finisher arriving in Auburn, California at 10:12 pm, by way of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 160 riders took off with the goal of trying to reach Auburn within 24 hours, but by late Saturday night, 68 riders had already been pulled from the ride.Read More

How to Teach a New Rider the Basics of Riding

June 27, 2013 2:24:41 PM CDT

“How to Teach a New Rider the Basics of Riding- Stop, Start and Steer.” By Randi Thompson, founder of the Horse and Rider Awareness Educational Programs We all love sharing the joy of horses with those around us. But, what should you be do, when guests arrive, who may never have ridden a horse before, but would like to try? In this article, we will explore how to introduce new riders to the fundamental concept of having fun safely, as they learn how to control a horse.Read More
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Coming Home

June 27, 2013 2:19:28 PM CDT

Coming Home by Jenny Pavlovic For most of my adult life, I’ve come home at the end of a long work day to a house with energetic dogs. Their need to get out and play has kept me from becoming a couch potato. When I say that I have to get home to let the dogs out, it’s not a complaint. I look forward to it, because there’s not much that I enjoy more than getting out with the dogs. Knowing that they’ve been confined all day and need to get outside to run and play and take in all the smells of nature makes me think the couch can wait. I’m grateful for the gentle breezes, the smell of freshly mown grass, beautiful fields of daisies, majestic bald eagles, spectacular fireflies, amazing northern lights, and crisp clear stars that I have discovered once the dogs lured me outside. In June I was fortunate to return to Bimini to swim with wild dolphins. You may recall that last year I wrote about the spirit dogs of Bimini (http://www.8statekate.net/wordpress/?p=2632). These three dogs joined me on a walk down the road, reminding me of my three dogs back home. They were even the same colors as my guys, and walking with them felt very much like being on a walk with my three at home, just when I was missing them the most.Read More
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10 Tips for Healthier Chickens

June 4, 2013 3:17:27 PM CDT

By Kathy Mormino All backyard chicken-keepers have an interest in keeping their pet chickens healthy and happy and making minor adjustments to various aspects of their care can have a significant impact on their health and longevity. There are a number of small steps that can be taken to promote the health of backyard chickens.Read More

The Little Girl Who Jumps Up and Down

June 4, 2013 3:11:26 PM CDT

The Little Girl Who Jumps Up and Down by Jenny Pavlovic (and Chase) There is nothing quite like the feeling of seeing a little girl jump up and down when your dog enters the library. Her joyful enthusiasm makes you smile. She read a story to your dog last month and wants to read to him again. She doesn't have a dog at home. Your dog knows just how to be calm while she jumps, then snuggle in next to her on the quilt and give her his undivided attention while she reads a story to him. She’s just learning to read and gets frustrated easily by new words. She’s been teased and bullied on the playground at school. You want so much to build her confidence, to let her know how beautiful and smart and wonderful she is. That when we encounter something unfamiliar, like a new word, we can discover it like a treasure.Read More
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Show Me the Way:Adventures in Tracking Training

April 29, 2013 12:48:16 PM CDT

Show Me the Way: Adventures in Tracking Training by Jenny Pavlovic The task was to teach each dog to touch a glove held in my hand, then to touch the glove on the floor, then to cross the room and touch the glove on the floor. The idea was to teach the dog to indicate when s/he had found the glove (or “article”) when out tracking in the great outdoors. In tracking practice or competition, another person would have left a track with articles (gloves, socks, bandannas, or similar) with their scent for the dog to find along the way. I would be following the dog on a long line, but in a test I wouldn’t know the locations of the articles, so the dog would have to sniff out each article and clearly indicate it to me without backtracking.Read More
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Bull's Eye! Lessons I Have Learned about Roosters from John Quincy by Lisa Steele, Fresh Eggs Daily We have been keeping chickens for several years, but have always bought sexed chicks so we have never had any roosters. Then this past spring, we hatched our own brood and out of 17 chicks, ten ended up being roosters. We obviously couldn't keep them all - the neighbors would have organized a lynch mob to protest all the crowing and our hens would have had something to say about it too - but I fortunately was able to find good homes for all but an Olive Egger named John Quincy Adams.Read More

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