The Importance of Managing Parasites in the Outdoor Dog

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Dogs are often considered members of the family and it’s important to keep them healthy and free of intestinal parasites. Parasites are a threat to all dogs and outdoor dogs are especially vulnerable due to environmental exposure.

How dogs get parasites

It’s common for a dog to become infected with intestinal parasites at some point in their life. The more your dog is outside, the greater his risk of infection. Common sources of parasite infections include: Continue reading “The Importance of Managing Parasites in the Outdoor Dog”

Understanding Copper Deficiencies

Trace element availability is influenced by season, geographic location, soil type and type of forage.

Generally less trace elements are present in fast growing forages, and trace elements can be tied up more often, when higher levels of soil are taken in, while grazing or from when forages are made.

Signs of copper deficiency can be very varied and confused with other causes. Copper is involved in a wide range of different essential reactions in the body.

Many farmers however will know if their land or forages are deficient in certain trace elements but simple changes in farming management can result in unexpected trace element deficiencies. Continue reading “Understanding Copper Deficiencies”

They’re A Natural: EQyss Provides Botanical Grooming Solutions for Over 25 Years

It’s that time of year. Summer. Heat, dust, and flying insects are a big part of most of our days as equestrians, and we’re constantly reaching for fly spray to ward them off or for the shampoo bucket, not only to get that show ring shine, but also to cool our horses.

But do you really know what’s in your products? Are they full of ingredients you can’t even pronounce? Do they come with warning labels about inhaling fumes or the potentially harmful environmental effects?

In 1991, a father/son duo founded EQyss with the mission to provide superior and safe products that work well and that you wouldn’t hesitate to use on yourself.  Extensive research goes into the development of each product to ensure the efficacy and safety of the formulation. This includes using natural and botanical ingredients whenever possible. Continue reading “They’re A Natural: EQyss Provides Botanical Grooming Solutions for Over 25 Years”

Guest Post: Supporting Horses through the Season of Change

As summer begins to give way to fall over much of the nation, the warm Horsesummer air is beginning to cool.

Leaves are starting to change, and it’s rapidly becoming time to think about moving horses off pasture and into the barn for the winter.

For some horses, changes in husbandry and housing can have a significant impact on their health and wellbeing. The stabling can result in decreased activity, leading to stiffness and reduced joint mobility in older horses. A horse’s respiratory health can also be impacted. Continue reading “Guest Post: Supporting Horses through the Season of Change”

Guest Post: Protect Your Home, Farm and Animals from Unwanted Pests

Rodent populations remain at all-time highs!  Protect your home, farm and animals from unwanted pests with a well-managed rodent control program.

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Controlling rats and mice is a constant battle that has been fought for centuries. In recent years however, milder weather patterns have created ideal conditions for rodent reproduction and increased populations. This creates numerous problems for those involved with agriculture and has many people looking for new and better ways to control rodents. Continue reading “Guest Post: Protect Your Home, Farm and Animals from Unwanted Pests”

“Chill Out!” – Summertime Safety for Backyard Poultry

Gretchen Suggs
Gretchen Suggs

Gretchen Suggs is the Owner of Sweetheart Silkies, Inc., a nonprofit organization formed to promote poultry health and provide education to backyard flock enthusiasts. She has been breeding and showing silkie bantams for 6 years.

For most of us, summertime is for vacations, sandy beaches, celebrations, and beautiful weather.

For the poultry enthusiast, we always have that lingering worry in the back of our mind about our chickens’ ability to endure the rising temperatures.

Chickens are no different than the rest of us in having their own ways of regulating their body temperature. However, in extreme heat (100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), their bodies may not be able to compensate and cool themselves properly. Luckily, they have us to help them cool off during these hot summer months.

A chicken’s normal body temperature has a large range and you may be surprised to find it is quite high already (104-107 degrees Fahrenheit). Our backyard poultry can stay relatively comfortable in conditions where the ambient temperature is 90-98 degrees Fahrenheit. Unfortunately, this relatively high body temperature also makes our flock more susceptible to heat stress than any other species. Continue reading ““Chill Out!” – Summertime Safety for Backyard Poultry”

Guest Blog Post: Will We Have ENOUGH to Feed the World in 2050?


Author: Becky Fouard, Elanco Corporate Communications

Real conversation:

Student, in a concerned voice: “What is that? Are you going to eat it?”

Teacher: “Calm down, it is just cauliflower.

Student: “What is that?

Teacher: “Wait, have you never seen cauliflower before? It’s a vegetable; please tell me you are joking.”  

ElancoThree years ago my husband and I moved from Kansas to the “big city” of Indianapolis for my new job with Elanco Animal Health.

With my shift in careers came my husband’s new role as a teacher at an inner-city high school, with 3,600 students from all different backgrounds. I will never forget the day my husband came home and shared with me that he had lunch with his students that day and none of them had ever seen cauliflower before. Continue reading “Guest Blog Post: Will We Have ENOUGH to Feed the World in 2050?”