It’s Heating Up, So Keep Your Livestock Comfortable

Westfield, WI; July 17, 2019 It’s fair week and one thing is for sure… it’s going to be a hot one this year.  With all of the days of the fair forecasted to be in the 80s or above (except for Sunday), it is important that all livestock exhibitors have a game plan in place […]

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Winter care

With the onset of winter comes additional care of livestock.  A few of the key pieces to care of livestock in the wintertime is access to fresh water, dry bedding, ample feed, and shelter. For any livestock that is kept outdoors or in a barn where indoor temperatures follow the outdoor temperatures, winter is a […]

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2018-19 Wisconsin Licensed Poultry Slaughter Facilities

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection recently released the 2018-19 Meat Establishment Directory.  A subset of this directory is facilities that are licensed to perform poultry slaughter.  The sheet below is color-coordinated to help you quickly see which facilities are inspected.  The green lines are inspected facilities and the yellow lines are […]

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Places to check the temperature on a roasted turkey.

Turkey safety for the holidays

Planning for the holidays can be stressful.  Properly preparing your turkey doesn’t have to be one of them.  Keep these tips in mind to keep your turkey preparation stress-free this holiday season. So how big does your bird need to be?  Most sources say to plan for one to one and a half pounds of […]

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Heatmap of turkey operations in Wisconsin.

Talking turkey

Wisconsin may be known as the dairy state, but did you know that we also farm turkeys?  Turkeys are thought to have been domesticated over 2,000 years ago and are a native bird of North America.  The domestic turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, is a popular bird to have on small hobby farms due to their unique […]

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Poultry Layer Lighting

The leaves are starting to change color.  Soon the leaves will be starting to fall.  As a poultry owner, one of the things that you don’t want to fall is your egg production. Many of us in rural areas are keeping chickens or other poultry these days.  The excitement of different breeds and feather colors […]

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Poultry for beginners

This is the time of year that many people start getting excited about raising poultry.  You get a shiny catalog in the mail with all kinds of cool looking birds. What do chicks need to survive and thrive?  For those that are not old hats at raising poultry, caring for young birds isn’t hard, but does require some attention to detail.

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How animals see the world

At some point in the course of raising animals, whether that is poultry, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, horses, or some other critter, you will inevitably be moving them around your property.  One of the easy mistakes to make as an animal owner is in how you approach animal handling.  Mistakes in animal handling can lead to cuts, scrapes, bruises, broken bones, or worse.  When working with animals, “slow is fast”. 

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Guía para criar pollos sanos

Si usted está pensando en criar pollos como un pasatiempo o como una fuente de comida o de ingresos adicionales, usted querrá leer esta hoja informativa antes de comprar cualquier pollo. Cubre las consideraciones clave que van desde la vivienda, el equipo y la iluminación hasta la selección de la raza, las fuentes y las […]

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