What Are the Best Feeds for Your Livestock and Animals?

What Are the Best Feeds for Your Livestock and Animals?

Modern livestock and animal feed is made by blending carefully selected ingredients, including essential nutrients like proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and antibiotics. A high-quality feed with these nutrients will improve the health of your animals while also enhancing the quality of the end-product, such as meat, milk and eggs. Some feed is grown specifically for animals. Others are a by-product from crop processed for human consumption. When it comes to finding the best feed for your livestock, you should look at the needs the specific animals on your farm.

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7 Ways We Can Help the Environment

7 Ways We Can Help the Environment

When it comes to looking after our planet and helping the environment, it can be hard to know where to start. Whilst we all know how important it is to do our part, knowing exactly what it is we have to do is difficult, especially when there is so much conflicting information available online. The truth is, absolutely anything you can do that will help the environment is important, even if it’s only stopping yourself from grabbing a plastic straw. After all, every little helps. With that in mind, here are 7 ways you can help the environment:

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4 Ways That Farms Are Wasting Money

4 Ways That Farms Are Wasting Money

The running costs of a farm are very high and if you’re spending too much, it’s just not economical and you could end up losing a lot of money. There are a lot of costs that you simply can’t avoid and you’ll have to find a way to cover them, but so many farms waste money unnecessarily. But if you can find ways to avoid that wastage, you’ll save yourself a lot of money and it will be a lot easier to keep your farm running effectively. These are some of the most common ways that farms waste money and what you can do about it.

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 How to Control Irrigation on Your Farm

 How to Control Irrigation on Your Farm

An efficient irrigation system is one of your most powerful tools for agricultural production. It influences the entire growth process from seedbed preparation to yield and quality. With efficient irrigation, you'll grow more crops, reduce water stress and enjoy a diverse range of similar benefits.

At the same time, over-watering with inefficient irrigation can cause erosion, increased costs and a whole host of other issues. You have to find a comfortable balance to ensure your fields get the right amount of water. To that end, careful management of your irrigation system is key.

So what should you keep in mind when controlling the irrigation system on your property? What are the primary points to remember about water conservation and efficiency? We'll answer those questions and others like them, looking at the subject of irrigation in greater detail.

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The Main Expenses for Farmers

The Main Expenses for Farmers

When you start your own farm, you will need to think of it as a business. If you are using it as your main source of income, then it will certainly be a business anyway. However, for many people who run their farm as a hobby and alongside their main line of work, they often don’t regard it as a business, even though they should. That is because running a farm, no matter how big or small, can be expensive. If you don’t think of your farm as a business, then it could make it very difficult to manage your money.

First of all, you will need a budget. Make sure you include these main expenses so then you know what you are regularly spending money on each month.

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Starting Up Your Own Farm Shop

Starting Up Your Own Farm Shop

There’s a growing demand for locally produced goods, with at least one in three households now buying from farm shops- according to FARMA research. Consumers love the idea of helping the planet by reducing the air miles their food has taken, not to mention freshness and the movement away from factory farms and other mass produced products. So opening a farm shop can be an excellent way to earn more money. Essentially you’re cutting out the middleman by selling at least some of your products directly, and opening yourself up to new markets. And there clearly is a market for these kinds of products so it’s well worth expanding operations to include something like this. Here are some ideas for going about it.

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4 Tips for Selling Your Farm

Farmers often face a crossroads when it comes to their selling their farm. Some of them want to sell up and move on, others want to sell and buy again but a bigger farm this time. Others don't have much choice but to sell their farm to pay off debts. Farms and estates are often assets that sell very well, whether at auction or in a private sale, and there are more reasons now more than ever to buy into the land. Buyers and sellers have a bright future in farming, and if you want to sell, you need the right tips to help you to get there.

Sometimes, when there is nothing on the market, and you know you have no choice but to sell up, you need to explore your options. Perhaps instead of downsizing the farm, you could downsize the equipment through farm equipment auctions in order to generate more cash to buy another farm. There are always options out there for those serious about moving on. Below, we're going to explore a few tips to help you with your farm sale so that it can move as smoothly as possible.

Get Ready to Work

Selling a farm - from downsizing the equipment to moving the farm through sales - is not an easy job. So, it's time to get ready for some hard work and get proactive with it. It's competitive as a market as fewer farms are coming onto the scene than you think. It's essential to register with some agents so that they can let you know if any other farms are available, and if you're going through the auction process, it's essential to map out your next steps.

Sort the Finances

Are you looking to expand and buy again? In that case, you need to speak to your bank about further borrowing as early as possible. A loan from the bank can bridge you from one farm sale to the next purchase, speeding it up along the way.

Get an Agent

Selling a farm takes the experts to work with you to get it right. A farm agent can help you to get your whole farm ready to market while managing your communications and marketing, too.

Arrange for Great Presentation

From the photography of the farm to the brochure and online description, you need to realize that the presentation of your farm is not something that should be overlooked. Making a good impression is key if you want to have a successful sale, and you should consider the timing of your sale, too, so that you get the pictures of a farm that's flourishing rather than one that's messy and dying.

Your farm has untapped potential, and you should consider how much you need your farm to sell. If you go through the process properly, you shouldn't have much of an issue getting the sale right. Take your time, plan correctly and you can have a successful farm sale.

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Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.

How Farmers Can Make the Most of Water Usage

How Farmers Can Make the Most of Water Usage

Only 2.5 percent of the Earth’s water comes from fresh-water sources, making it a scarce commodity. Of that fresh water, the agriculture industry consumes 69 percent of it. Lack of water, especially in areas experiencing frequent drought, creates an increasing threat to farmers across the globe. That’s why many take action to implement water-saving techniques into their businesses. The following six tips showcase ways farmers can maximize their water usage.

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Raising Very Healthy Farm Animals

Raising Very Healthy Farm Animals

All animals get sick from time to time but this can be a disaster if they are farm animals, as diseases can spread so quickly among them. Treating them can be expensive and time-consuming as farmers try to avoid the domino effect of illnesses in their animals.

Just like with humans, prevention is better than cure. This involves making sure they always have clean and fresh water, the appropriate feed and a healthy environment. These are not the only things that can help to keep them in good shape though, and here are a few ways that will help to prevent them from becoming ill.

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Most Essential Agricultural Maintenance

Most Essential Agricultural Maintenance

A working farm requires quite a bit of equipment, which, in turn, needs occasional maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape. This type of care is vital to an agricultural business in more ways than one — not only does it keep machines up and running, but regular maintenance can slash repair costs down the line.

As the person charged with coming up with such upkeep, it's up to you to decide what needs to be done to preserve your equipment for as long as you can. Here are four of the most essential maintenance to-dos.

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Sustainable Practices That Yield Economic Benefits for Farms

Sustainable Practices That Yield Economic Benefits for Farms

The term sustainable has become a bit of a buzzword in recent years and is associated with many industries and practices. When it comes to farming, sustainable agriculture is an idea that has arguably been around since our ancestors began propagating seeds millennia ago.

In the most basic sense, sustainable agriculture is the stewardship of food production to allow these systems to remain in place for use by future generations.

Every person in every part of the food system has a role to play in creating a sustainable agricultural process. Not only are sustainable farming practices beneficial for the planet and our children, but they can also have economic benefits for farmers who choose to implement them.

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Fueling Your Farm the Right Way

Fueling Your Farm the Right Way

Running a farm is extremely complex. You have so many decisions to make in regards to so many different areas that you may often find yourself feeling overwhelmed or under excessive pressure. But not to worry. Everything will pan out fine in the end! You just need to make sure that you have all necessary information to make the right decision in each area of your business’ process. For now, let’s focus on fuelling your farm. The average farm requires a whole lot of energy to operate and you’re going to have to provide this. The majority of farmers will simply source non renewable fuels from major suppliers, as this seems the most simple and straightforward option. But it’s also important to remember that there are alternative options out there that could prove better for you, your profit margins, and the environment. Here are just a couple that you might want to take into consideration!

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5 Wonderful Ways to Care for Your Farm Animals

5 Wonderful Ways to Care for Your Farm Animals

If you currently own a farm or are thinking of investing in one, you will be faced with a whole load of decisions right from the get go. Whether you’re planning on growing crops on a vast amount of land or taking care of animals, there is certainly a lot for you to think about. When you own a farm that contains several animals there is a huge amount of responsibilities on your shoulders. They will rely on you every single day to take care of them, nourish them and protect them. This sounds like any animal lover’s dream, but it’s not always smooth sailing. If you’re serious about keeping animals here are five wonderful ways in which you can keep them happy and cared for all year round.

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