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Kid/Lamb Preparedness

As the calendar gets ready to turn again, we approach my favorite time of year. No, not Christmas-BABY SEASON! Since most sheep and goats are seasonal breeders, the barns are hopefully full of heavily pregnant does and ewes. Sure, not all does/ewes will freshen at the same time, but it is important to be ready for the onslaught of births waiting to happen. The more you can prepare ahead of time, the less stressful this process will be.

Organic Potting Soil

When you plant seeds, one of the first important steps is when the tiny plants start poking out of the soil we call this seedling emergence. During this early stage, it's crucial to have the right balance of nutrients. Nitrogen helps make leaves green, phosphorus helps roots grow strong, and potassium is like a boost for the entire plant. What's cool about organic fertilizers is that they release these nutrients slowly, so the plants don't get too much at once.

Winter Yolk Color

As the deciduous leaves begin to change color to their vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds, they show us their true colors. Chlorophyll has a green pigment that masks the colors of the carotenoids that the leaf contains. These are the same carotenoids that bring the appealing yellows, oranges, and reds to our egg yolks. They are “hidden” in pasture plants and greens and are seen more obviously in fruits and vegetables such as peppers and carrots.

Liquid Molasses

Did you know that Fertrell carries both non-GMO and certified organic liquid molasses? We have convenient 1 or 2.5-gallon containers available for all classes of livestock.

Reducing Weaning Stress

Over the course of their lifespan, animals encounter many different stressors. One of the earliest experiences is during the weaning process. This stress can affect both cows and calves. After spending all summer grazing together, it is time to separate cows and calves into different management groups and housing for the winter months.

Fall Manure Handling

Summer has ended, and fall is here, and along with that comes manure spreading. Liquid manure and bedded pack manure will be spread ahead of or after planting fall/ winter cover or annual crops, but let's take a brief look at where and how much manure to apply on different crops.

Fertrell Cattle Choice

For over 30 years, Fertrell's Cattle Choice has been our customers' first choice for wintertime-free choice minerals. Cattle Choice contains 15% calcium – 12% phosphorus, plus trace minerals and direct-fed microbials. Cattle Choice is specifically designed to balance the macro and micro mineral requirements of today's high-performance dairy and beef cattle. Cattle choice is well suited when feeding mixtures of corn silage, grass hay and legume forages. A great opportunity for your cattle to supplement their diets with precisely what they need when they need it!

Micronutrients in Crops

In the realm of agriculture, the spotlight often shines on macronutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. However, micronutrients, despite their small presence, play a vital role in crop production. These lesser-known elements are indispensable for plant health, growth, and overall yield. In this article, we will explore the significance of micronutrients in agriculture and their role in ensuring successful harvests.

Testing for Improvements

Depending on the season, nutrients may have varying availability to plants within the soil column. Typically, during the winter months, nutrients immobilize, and plants go dormant, driving carbohydrates and nutrients back into the roots.

It’s All Management

This wouldn’t be the first time I bring this topic to light, and it certainly will not be the last. As I grow older, and maybe on a good day even wiser, I see more clearly the importance of effective management.   Whether we think of it or not, we all spend each day just managing our lives. This is a tall task indeed with all our natural hustle and bustle. However, taking the time to just look for different perspectives can open up potential to better manage the whole situation around us.

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The Fertrell Company blog is for farmers, backyard gardeners, and homesteaders alike. Learn from the experts on all things natural and organic for both soil and livestock.

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