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It is important to have information on your cattle and to let your packers and retailers know everything they need to know. Alflex sets the standard with their innovative technology.
“Allflex® sets the industry standard for EID with millions of cattle identified since 1995. Capture info about your cattle for your own use, or to integrate with larger databases for branded beef programs, supply chain agreements or BQA programs. Be ready when packers or retailers want info about your cattle now or down the road. ISO Compliance means Allflex® EID technology meets stringent international standards. Use of Radio Frequency Identification (EID) has gained worldwide momentum. Unique identification numbers are stored in the EID tag to be retrieved by a reading device (antenna). Birth weight, date, sire, dam, health records and other info is stored in manual or electric databases to become the backbone for management decisions, genetic selection and BQA participation.”
The Alflex RS320 Series Bluetooth is a kit that contains a 60 cm stick reader. This reader has bluetooth technology that is compliant with ISO and can read Cattle Ear Tags. If you are serious about Cattle, this is a must have! The pro kit comes with everything you need, including the downloading software. You will be able to get pedigrees, health records, and any info you would like to store, to better ease your cattle business and gain trust with your fellow business partners.
As a beginner in goats, I have added these two books to my wish list. These books would make wonderful holiday gifts and perfect stocking stuffers! Storey’s publishing provides information that is easy to read and wonderful for those starting out or thinking about it. If you are looking for any goat books, there are two books that are perfect for you or a loved ones.
Storey’s Guide to Raising Dairy Goats is just what the title says. If you are interesting in learning about raising goats for milk, learning about the various breeds of goats that are perfect for milk or cheese, and more, this is the book for you! This 304 page book is comprehensive yet east to read. The author, Jerry Belanger, teaches you the breeds, cheese making, diseases, diagnoses, and much more! If you are more interested in meat goats, Storey’s Guide to Raising Meat Goats is for you. Maggie Sayer writes a thorough 344 page book on choosing your meat goats and marketing them for meat.
Raising goats can be fun with a good start of knowledge. These two books are wonderful in getting you to a good path of raising goats for milk, cheese, or meat.
If you are learning to ride a horse English or Western, you are probably familiar with Snaffle Bits. If you are unfamiliar with one, on a snaffle bit, the rein will attach directly to the mouthpiece. The Snaffle Bit will act like a nutcracker (if jointed) on the bars of the horse’s mouth. The bars are the area of gum between the front and back teeth and the corners of the tongue. As the rider takes contact with the rein, the horse will feel the pressure and contact and obey the rider. Young and inexperienced horses get introduced to snaffle bits for training purposes and control. A Snaffle Bit is a direct pull bit.
Types of Snaffle Bits
The gentlest type of snaffle bit is the Egg Butt Snaffle. The reason it is so gentle is that it does not pinch the corners of the mouth. The D Ring Snaffle is another type of snaffle bit and is shaped like a “D.” The most common ring syles are the Loose Ring snaffle bits, Eggbutt, and Full Cheek snaffle bits.
Storing feed is frustrating at times. Feed attracts vermin when bags are open, animals can get in, your own pets can even get into the bag and cause a mess! Feed is not as fresh if open and a container is needed to store them to ensure that they are palatable and safe to your animals. Moisture and mold is a huge problem in feed and storage containers can help! There are many types of storage containers. The Aut-O Dine 25 Feeder is easy loading and a combination feeder that can hold up to 25 pounds of dry dog food. This feeder can be mounted on a wall or fence for space efficiency. This feeder could also be used for other animals, such as cats, poultry, and goats. The Stack-N-Store Stackable Storage Bin is highly recommended if you have multiply species and breeds of animals, different diets, or even mixtures of feeds. This storage bin has multiple uses and are latchable. They keep food fresh and dry. The Storage Dispenser 30 is a fresh and efficient way to store and dispense your pet food. It is made from a very durable plastic and can be easily removed from a wall to refill. It will hold around 25-30 pounds of dry dog food, but this may change depending on the type of food you are storing. All you need to do is squeeze the handle for the exact amount of feed you need, and the food will dispense.
Here in Florida, despite what season it is, ants are everywhere. If you are in the South, you are dealing with fire ants, if you are in the central area of Florida, you are dealing with Bull ants or even Carpenter ants. Animals do not like to mess with these pests. Ants get everywhere, the food dishes, especially. By providing your pet with the Ant Free Bowl, it ensures that ants will not be able to reach the pet food. If you are on the run, you will not need to worry about changing out the food either, as the food will be fresher without those pesky ants tainting it.
During the winter time more predators start looking for food closer to homes. Coyotes and bobcats are a nuisance here in Florida during the winter season since they are taking care of their cubs. I hear howling occasionally. Having free range poultry is beneficial for the bird, however, protection is needed as well. The Poultry Net is your option! Being 48 inches tall, your chickens and geese can be contained. The spacing is made for them. This is a prefabricated fence with 11 electrified horizontals. All you need to do is pick an area you want to contain your animals and set it up! This fence keeps out most predators. As always, do provide your birds with a safe shelter for the evening. Give your poultry the gift of protection this holiday!
There are many types of farmers and each have their own goal and agenda. I used to live on a farm that had minimal power outlets or power surges. This resulted in me finding an electrical fence that would help my animals stay protected, but also be friendly to that electrical bill.
Pampered Pet Supply has all the equipment and supplies you need to electrify a chicken coop or make a fence predator proof. The poles, clips, and wire are offered in many options. I find that the most important unit to the fence is the charger. There are many brands and options to choose from and two types: Solar or non Solar. What is solar? Is the ability to absorb the sun’s rays as a source of energy for generating electricity or heating. Solar chargers are nice to own, and many do go by them. The Parmak Solar-Pak 12 is a solar powered fence charger that ranges up to 30 miles but also operates up to 14 days without sunlight. The Patriot SolarGuard 155 Fence Charger is very sturdy and has a strong aluminum frame for all weather types and moisture control. This charger is portable but can be put on a T-post as well. With this charger, you can get 14 days of power with no sunlight. From personal experience, I owned an S20 Solar Energizer for 3 years. This was by far the best solar charger I owned until I expanded my farm. This charger is 12 volts and powers up to 14 acres. It is portable but I had it on a T-post.
If you are looking for regular chargers, Parmek offers the Range Master, which covers 100 miles of fence. It is the most technically advanced Parmek fence charger. Patriot offers several varieties of fence chargers. The P10 Dual Purpose Fence Charger charges up to 30 miles, the P20 charges up to 50 miles, and the P30 charges up to 65 miles. If you are looking for only a small area to electrify, Patriot offers the P5 Dual Purpose Fence Charger covers around 15 miles.
Your animals are important, and knowing the variety of equipment is important as well. There is a fence charger for everyone, after all.
When you have poultry or livestock, predators get attracted to their scent. It is inevitable that you will notice some sort of predator in your area, whether snakes, rats, owls, opossums, or bears. Depending on your location, you will need to protect your animals differently than someone in another region.
If you are looking for fences, the Electro Net is a prefabricated fence that is perfect for sheep or goats, however it can protect those critters from predators such as coyotes and dogs. It is 35″ fall and comes with posts. All you need to do is unroll and set it up! Many farmers like to build their own fences and Pampered Pet Supply offers all the supplies you need to achieve that.
The Original Nite Guard Solar is another option or even an add on to prevent those night time predators to enter. This device has been scientifically proven to repel all night predators. When the sun goes down, a red light flashes which recreates the fear in which an animal is being watched, thus preventing it from entering the areas. This device is best when more than one is purchased and works for poultry, sheep, goats, and cattle.
As always, provide safe shelter for your animals on top of any equipment. Products only aid in predator prevention, but it is your responsibility to do the rest.
Llamas are interesting creatures. They are comical however need to be taken care of properly as well. One of the most useful items to own when raising Llamas is a halter. Llama halters can be difficult when you don’t have the proper fitting, however with the Nylon Llama Halter, this is much different. It is made for a more perfect fit. Coming in two sizes, yearling and adult, and fully adjustable, you can choose from three colors and have the halter that works for you and your llama.
My grandfather was notorious for raising his own cattle, sheep, and other farm animals. He was very careful over how his animals were branded and tagged properly, and would obsess over making sure every animal on his farm had Allflex tagging on them. Being a young kid getting in the way wasn’t an option for getting in the way, either you were out working on the farm, or you were out working on the farm, no ifs ands or buts about it.
Grandpa made sure every single one of his cows were tagged properly and using Allflex was important to him because it was a brand he trusted and used often. Just one week after we tagged all the livestock with Allflex, and I am sure glad we did, one of the cattle wondered off due to one of us kids leaving the gate open to the pasture. Grandpa made a point to make sure all of us grandchildren walked around the neighborhood to find the missing cow.