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  1. Caring for Winter Horses

    Caring for Winter Horses
    When the temperatures start to dip, it’s time to begin to think about how to keep your horses safe during cold weather. The good news is that horses are inherently ready to handle practically anything that winter can dish out, according to the American Association of Equine Practitioners. The biggest challenge winter horses face is staying out of the wind.
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  2. From Greenhouses to Animal Shade: How These Affordable Farming Supplies Can Benefit Your Land

    From Greenhouses to Animal Shade: How These Affordable Farming Supplies Can Benefit Your Land
    Every farm, big and small has essential equipment that makes a farmer’s life easier and contributes to a successful season. But beyond that, these must-have agriculture tools increase output and benefit lives of the farmer and animals alike. Items like livestock shelters and greenhouses will enhance your ability to get the most out of your land. Here are some affordable farm supplies to add to your toolkit on the farm. However, many types of farming supplies can get expensive. Finding affordable farming supplies and solutions is often important for farmers to help them keep costs down, while simultaneously improving their output and efficiency in both farming and livestock cultivation.

    Affordable Farm Supplies for Increasing Crop Yield

    Some of the most useful farming supplies that help growers extend the amount of time they can cultivate crops are greenhouses. Some farmers may even choose to start certain crops in the greenhouse before transplanting. A greenhouse kit with a smaller footprint can help farmers in multiple different ways.
    “You can continuously be producing crops if you have a market for it,” says Kimberly Moore, PhD, Professor of Environmental Horticulture with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Moore says farmers already know how to maximize their yield in the field. But a greenhouse kit could allow farmers to continue to grow the crop when it can’t be in the field due to weather conditions. “If they have a niche market, they can be growing herbs for a local restaurant and create a specialty greenhouse,” she said.
    Smaller kits can also act as a trial period for farmers who haven’t tested a commercial greenhouse, but may expand in the future. “I suggest buying small first and really learn how to grow in one and control the light and humidity to maximize the effect,” Moore said.

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  3. Caring for Horses in the Summer

    Caring for Horses in the Summer
    While there’s not much better than riding on a beautiful summer day, too much heat can be dangerous for horses. Caring for horses in warmer weather requires paying extra attention to their needs to prevent serious health and performance issues. Read on to find out how to keep your animals hydrated, healthy, and happy all season long.

    What Happens When Horses Overheat?

    Horses release heat through sweat just like us. However, their bodies are much more effective at keeping themselves warm than cooling themselves down. Whether racing or galloping through fields, these animals can have difficulty cooling off when exerting high energy for prolonged periods of time, especially on a hot or humid day. Significant heat stress can potentially be fatal for many horses if not monitored. Here are a few warning signs of an overheated horse to watch out for:

    • Heightened body temperature.
    • Reduction in skin elasticity.
    • Sunken eye sockets.
    • Reddened gums.
    • Prolonged rapid breathing.


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