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 […]

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 […]

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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Understanding Immunity

The concept of immunity is based on an animal’s ability to recognize “self” and “non-self”.  Differentiation between what should be present in the animal and what shouldn’t be (something foreign) allows for the animal’s immune system to neutralize or destroy toxins or invading microorganisms which are “non-self”.  There are two branches of immunity that every […]

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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 […]