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Utilize concentrates to prevent toxemia By: 12/12/2013 @ 10:10am

Pregnancy toxemia is a metabolic disease in goats and sheep that occurs during the last 6 weeks of pregnancy when the fetuses complete about 80% of their growth. This…

First yak of the year By: 06/22/2012 @ 11:30am

Reader Anna Clark shared this photo with the Women in Ag Facebook group. It's the first baby yak of the year on…

Bison sales on the up By: 06/23/2011 @ 8:51am

Demand for bison continues to grow as marketers race to keep up.  If adequate supplies of market-ready…

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Honey bees hurting By: 05/24/2011 @ 1:24pm

Imagine having 1/3 of your corn and soybean yields erased every year.That's exactly what's been happening to honey bee producers in the Midwest, according to a report from University of Illinois ag…

Want to break into the ostrich business? Here's a start By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Ray Hansen Iowa State University Ag Marketing Resource Center The ostrich, a flightless bird that belongs to the ratite family and originates from Africa, is the world’s largest living bird…

What's it cost to raise organic pork? By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

Organic pork costs more than that raised through conventional means. That's a given. But, how much? That answer depends on a handful of variables, according to an Iowa State University (ISU)…

If you want to raise goats for meat, you can't go wrong with the popular Boer By: 07/11/2010 @ 11:00pm

If you're looking for an economical meat animal or are interested in making a little extra money, consider raising Boer goats. Originally bred in South Africa, Boers are now one of the principal…

Personal perspective: When worlds collide By: 01/30/2006 @ 8:49am

Sometimes I'm not sure if it's the twenty-first century or 1850 on our Iowa farm. We can swing through the centuries in minutes. One Saturday night my husband, Bob, decided our family should butcher…

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