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19Aug 20

Chicken On Grass

Pastured chickens will obtain a certain amount of nutrients from the pasture, as well as insects and other small invertebrates, and from small seeds, fruits and berries. Although there is little consensus about exactly how important each of these sources of nutrition is, scientists agree that the potential contribution of pasture (grass, insects and worms) is highly variable and generally very small. From a welfare and productivity perspective, it is therefore vital for pastured poultry farmers to supply a well-balanced…

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19Aug 20

The Immune System

“The immune system.” When captured in these three words it sounds simple, almost straightforward—a single entity or, at the very least, a tightly coordinated set. Is it that simple? Not at all. Coordinated? Well, yes and no. To begin to sort it out, let’s meet a few of the key players. Natural killers A wide variety of white blood cells emerge from stem cells in the bone marrow. Natural killer (NK) cells need help identifying diseased cells in the body.…

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19Aug 20

New Approaches To Worming

The following article was supported in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. Some of this material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and  Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Organic Research and Education Initiative under award number 2016-51300-25723. Mention of trade names or commercial products is solely for the purpose of providing specific information and does not imply recommendation or endorsement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA is an…

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19Aug 20

In Control Of Our Impulses

What defines success when we are working cattle? Years ago success for me was just getting the job done. Now, success is about specific outcomes I want to achieve. At the end of the day, regardless of techniques, do’s and don’ts or rights or wrongs, they are all academic if the outcome isn’t achieved. The outcome I strive for now is calm, relaxed cattle. When I pressure cattle to ask them to move or turn, slow down or speed up,…

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19Aug 20

A Brave New World

Following the global outbreak of COVID-19, we know that many farmers (particularly those who supply the hospitality sector) lost the majority of their markets almost overnight. We also know some farmers with established home delivery services, online sales or farm shops have been inundated by desperate customers. At the same time, many of the services and supply chains that farmers rely on—think animal feed or veterinary services, slaughter facilities and outlets like farmers’ markets—are at risk of disruption. Survival mode…

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