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Storage Options for Manure on Small Farms

Storage Options for Manure on Small Farms

Small farms can choose to spread or store manure. Most small livestock or horse farms are handling solid manures usually with some form of bedding--straw, wood shavings, sawdust, etc. Rather... more »

Aug 28, 2014 by in Barns/Grounds

Insurance Basics for Stables

Insurance Basics for Stables

The tricky part about insurance is that you can lie awake at night worrying that you'll lose everything if you don't have enough insurance, or you can insure your stable to the point it... more »

Aug 27, 2014 by in Stable Management

Use Referrals to Build Business

Use Referrals to Build Business

Referrals are when current customers tell non-customers positive things about you and your operation. Some of the best referrals come from people who are just like the clients you currently have. more »

Aug 26, 2014 by in Stable Management

Is it Nice, or Is It Necessary?

Is it Nice, or Is It Necessary?

How do you decide what you are going to spend your time and money on today? Everyone has just 24 hours a day, and prioritizing is important if you want to stay in business. more »

Aug 25, 2014 by in Stable Management

Repair and Safety Tips for 4-Wheelers and ATVs

Repair and Safety Tips for 4-Wheelers and ATVs

Most horse owners use some type of labor-saving equipment or machinery to make daily farm tasks easier. The 4-wheelers/ATVs are very versatile and handy on small acreages because you can haul tools... more »

Aug 24, 2014 by in Farm Equipment

Reducing Risk from Tick-Borne Diseases

Reducing Risk from Tick-Borne Diseases

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the numbers of human cases of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases (TBD) reported each year in the United States (US) have been... more »

Aug 23, 2014 by in Equine Health

Employers and Employees, Can You Pass the Digital Basics Test?

Employers and Employees, Can You Pass the Digital Basics Test?

Whether you are a person seeking a job, or a person running a business, you need to be able to pass the "digital basics" test. This can make the difference in getting a great job or new clients, or being left out of the action and wondering why. more »

Aug 22, 2014 by in Stable Management

Manure Best Practices on Small Farms

Manure Best Practices on Small Farms

The following is part 1 of a two-part article series from Michigan State University on manure management for small farms, including horse properties. What is considered a small farm? A... more »

Aug 21, 2014 by in Barns/Grounds

Twin Pregnancy Reduction and Results

Twin Pregnancy Reduction and Results

One of the common reproductive procedures performed on mares is twin reduction. Twins are a common occurrence in our practice as the majority of mares we see are Thoroughbreds. The breeds most often... more »

Aug 20, 2014 by in Equine Health

Use Break-Even Analysis in Your Equine Business

Use Break-Even Analysis in Your Equine Business

Break-even analysis is a useful tool to study the relationship between fixed costs, variable costs and returns. A break-even point defines when an investment will generate a positive return and can be determined... more »

Aug 19, 2014 by in Stable Management

Tips for Handling the Hard Keeper

Tips for Handling the Hard Keeper

All the horses in the barn get the same amount of feed every day; it makes feeding time much simpler. The warmbloods look super. Their weight is good, and their coats are gleaming. However, the one... more »

Aug 18, 2014 by in Feed/Supplements

Perform Farm Machinery Repairs in the Off Season

Perform Farm Machinery Repairs in the Off Season

Don't wait till the last minute to see if your machinery is ready to go to work. "Too often a person gets ready to cut or bale hay, and the machinery needs maintenance or you have to... more »

Aug 17, 2014 by in Farm Equipment

Controversies of Equine Herpesvirus-1 Myeloencephalopathy

Controversies of Equine Herpesvirus-1 Myeloencephalopathy

The most recent outbreak of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) has finally subsided. Once again this outbreak served to alert horse owners and veterinarians of how prevalent and devastating... more »

Aug 16, 2014 by in Equine Health

Five Time Savers For Fall

Five Time Savers For Fall

Warm summer days are drawing to a close and cooler, damper, snowy winter weather looms in the weeks ahead. Use your time wisely this fall to create a routine that offers "you" time while... more »

Aug 15, 2014 by in Stable Management

From the Ground Up; 10 Years of Exploring Equine Competition Surfaces

From the Ground Up; 10 Years of Exploring Equine Competition Surfaces

The idea of one perfect training surface for all horses does not hold water. Over the past 10 years, University of Guelph researcher, Jeff Thomason, PhD, has been covering a great deal of ground studying a... more »

Aug 14, 2014 by in Barns/Grounds

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