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GROWING ALFALFA — GRASS MIXTURES

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LAMB SURVIVAL — The first 24 hours

From Premier 1 Supplies — January Newsletter Author:  Gordon Shelangoski, Premier Consultant and Product Development  Today’s shepherds are different from those of 50 years ago.  Most shepherds nowadays have very little time to spend with the lambs — an hour … Continue reading

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WINTER FOOTBATHS

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FROM SAP TO SYRUP — 5 VIDEOS SHOWING YOU HOW

Below are a series of videos explaining how to make your own maple syrup right in your own backyard:  TAPPING MAPLE TREES — STEP 1 SAP COLLECTING — STEP 2 EVAPORATING — STEP 3 FILTERING — STEP 4 GRADING & … Continue reading

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STARTING SEEDS INDOORS

Select your seeds and plan to start them in a warm area approximately six to eight weeks before the last frost date is expected in your area. Choose containers with adequate drainage.  Loosely fill containers with Potting Mix and gently … Continue reading

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WHY AREN’T THERE ANY BIRDS COMING TO MY FEEDER?

 Spread some loose seed around the bottom of the feeders.  This could be more visible to passing birds and they will discover the feeders above. Always use new crop seed.  Old crop is usually ignored by birds once the new … Continue reading

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COLD STRESS & CALVES

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ARE YOUR CHICKENS READY FOR WINTER?

The nights are becoming chilly at this time of the year.  Many places are actually starting to experience a freeze at night so now is a good time to get down to the chicken coop and make winter preparations for … Continue reading

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WINTER WATER FOR HORSES

Author: Susan Garey, Extension Agent with University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Horse owners and caretakers pay careful attention to the quantity and quality of water that horses consume during the hot summer months. However, water consumption during the winter months … Continue reading

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MELTING ICE IN WINTER

Dealing with icy patios, driveways and sidewalks are a fact of life in northern climates where snow and winter conditions are a regular occurrence.  There are many different ways to deal with ice, whether using one of many chemical compounds to … Continue reading

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TOXINS IN DAIRY FEED

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FEEDING GRASSES TO DAIRY COWS — PART 2

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WORKING WITH LOW FORAGE INVENTORIES

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FEEDING GRASSES TO DAIRY COWS

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SUMMER GARDENING TIPS

by The Savvy Experts By mid-summer, perennial gardens can start to look overgrown, annual flowers begin to fade, and bugs may be munching on your vegetables. Savvy Gardening is here to help! We thought we’d share some of our top summer gardening tips for … Continue reading

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CONTAINER GARDEN MAINTENANCE TIPS

by The Savvy Experts All of us at Savvy Gardening enjoy putting together multiple container gardens each year. Some are full of veggies or berries, some show off interesting flower and foliage combos, and others feature both edibles and ornamentals—or, as we like to call them, garden … Continue reading

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MANAGING MINERALS ON PASTURE

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HOW TO IDENTIFY & CONTROL TOMATO PLANT DISEASE

by Jessica Walliser Tomato growers are a passionate bunch. Some of us spend long hours combing over seed catalogs and nursery benches full of plants to select the perfect tomato varieties for our garden. We plant, tend, prune, fertilize, stake, and otherwise … Continue reading

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ZUCCHINI GROWING PROBLEMS

by Jessica Walliser Zucchini and other soft-skinned summer squashes are usually pretty easy to grow. But, gardeners do sometimes face struggles with these productive crops. Perhaps your vines stopped producing in mid summer? Or the fruits were small or deformed? Or … Continue reading

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FOUR MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT ALFALFA FOR HORSES — by Heather Smith Thomas

Does alfalfa cause kidney or respiratory problems or make horses hyper? Specialists shed light on these myths and more.  Despite all the science-backed suggestions about feeding alfalfa, it remains a misunderstood forage. The following are a few misconceptions worth clarifying. … Continue reading

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THE SECRET HEALTH BENEFITS OF FLOWERS

By: Bianca Vierra on 07.25.2018 NEWS Flowers are often reserved for special occasions and the part of our spending budget that we label frivolous. But what if you were told that flowers can actually bring health benefits? Would you purchase them … Continue reading

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WHEN TO HARVEST POTATOES

by Niki Jabbour Potatoes are one of the easiest crops to grow producing a bounty of tasty tubers when planted in garden beds and containers. Plus, there’s so many awesome potato varieties to grow – from fingerlings to russets – in a … Continue reading

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ICE-FREE WATER FOR FARM ANIMALS AND PETS

      Whether you have cattle, horses, chickens, sheep or any other farm animals, our De-Icers, Heated Plastic or Rubber Buckets and Heated Fountains will make the job of keeping the water from freezing during the winter months much easier.  From … Continue reading

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PLANTING A TOMATO SEEDLING

Stealing this video link and directions for planting tomato seedlings from Mark Cullen’s Gardening Week spot on Canada AM.  Here, he shares his recipe for growing great tomatoes.   My recipe for the best tomatoes on the block: — Buy … Continue reading

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WHY NO IMPATIENS?

I get asked this question almost daily at our garden centre — “Where are the Impatiens?”.  For the answer, Mark Cullen says it best and offers his suggestions for alternatives to impatiens in your gardens and planters.  This is from … Continue reading

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THE BENEFITS OF MULCH IN YOUR GARDENS

Mulch is a great weed suppressant:  A nice, thick layer of mulch inhibits weeds in two important ways.  First, by thoroughly covering the soil and depriving weed seeds of the light they need to germinate, mulch prevents them from gaining … Continue reading

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KILLING DANDELIONS AND WEEDS IN YOUR LAWN

Dandelions are starting to show their bright, yellow faces this spring and like it or not, they’re going to make their annual appearance in our lawns.  Whether you can tolerate their short-lived bloom or endure watching their wispy seed pods … Continue reading

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Mark Cullen’s May Garden To-Do List

Mark Cullen is an expert gardener, author, broadcaster and garden editor of Reno and Decor magazine. Get his free monthly newsletter at markcullen.com, and watch him on CTV Canada AM every Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. Follow him on Twitter @MarkCullen4 … Continue reading

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STARTING YOUR NEW “GREEN CARPET” LAWN

Spring is here and you are tired of looking out your window at the dirt and mud surrounding your home. You can’t wait to have that beautiful green carpet beckoning you outdoors this summer. Well, you can have that lawn … Continue reading

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GRUB DAMAGE IN YOUR LAWN THIS SPRING?

                                              Do you have animals digging up your lawn, crows congregating and pecking in the grass or have you found shallow tunnels exposed after the snow melted?  These are all signs that your lawn is … Continue reading

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MARK CULLEN’S GUIDE TO CHOOSING VEGETABLE SEEDS

By: Mark Cullen Gardening, Published on Thurs., March 13, 2014 — Toronto Star It may seem early for me to say this, but now is the time for gardeners to think about what they are going to grow this season. But there are … Continue reading

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PANSIES — My Favourite Way to Bring in the Spring!

Pansies are one of the most popular and recognizable cool weather annuals. Breeding has produced pansies that are better able to stand up to the cold, but there hasn’t been much luck producing more heat tolerant varieties. Many pansies are … Continue reading

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TURNING YOUR LAWN INTO A “GREEN CARPET” THIS SPRING

A thick, full lawn that is richly green provides a safe and cushioned surface for family activities — it also spiffs up the curb appeal.  Healthy, green turf also prevents soil erosion on slopes, filters contaminants from rainwater, absorbs many … Continue reading

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PLANTING A DEER & WILDLIFE PASTURE

If you love to see the wildlife in your backyard acreage and wonder how to attract deer, turkeys and other wildlife to visit, you may consider planting a wildlife mixture to establish feeding areas. ‘Nature’s Choice’ Wildlife Mixture by Mapleseed … Continue reading

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CARING FOR YOUR “GREEN CARPET” LAWN

Do you want that perfect weed-free, green lawn that is the envy of everyone on the block?  Everyone wants their lawn to be a rich even colour with nary a weed poking its nasty head through the surface.  If you … Continue reading

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CORN GLUTEN MEAL AS WEED CONTROL?

Corn gluten meal is a great fertilizer —  but its value as a weed control product is marginal.   Due to the Ontario Pesticide Ban, there has been an increased demand for organic weed control products and the use of … Continue reading

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Drought Stress in Corn Silage & Green Chop Concerns

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DRY SOIL TIPS FOR ELECTRIC FENCING

Many folks find that their electric fences “stop working” when the soil becomes so dry that the grass turns brown. Why does this occur? Electric fences work by sending out an energy pulse that must return to the energizer for … Continue reading

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FINDING EXTRA FEED FOR BEEF CATTLE DURING DROUGHT CONDITIONS

The following is an excerpt that was included in the August Newsletter, Beef News in Durham, distributed by the Durham Cattlemen’s Association. Finding Extra Feed Jack Kyle (OMAFRA), Grazier Specialist 705-324-5855 Finding extra forage is going to be a challenge … Continue reading

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WATER REQUIREMENTS FOR BEEF CATTLE

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DRY TMR PROGRAM FOR TRANSITION DAIRY HEIFER CALVES

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“THE ROUNDUP” NEWSLETTER — “When are Pastures Ready to Graze?”; “Beef Still in Demand”; “Healthy Feet”

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AVIAN INFLUENZA ADVISORY for Small Flock Owners and Bird Fanciers

Industry Advisory Animal Health and Welfare Branch Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs As of April 21, 2015, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of a highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus on two commercial … Continue reading

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GLYPHOSATE: A CARCINOGEN?

This blog article is copied from ‘A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A FARMER’ blog post that I thought I’d share due to the recent hype around RoundUp being labelled as a human carcinogen.   Every once in a while, … Continue reading

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“THE ROUNDUP” SPRING NEWSLETTER — PRO BEEF PROGRAM

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What You Need To Know About Genetically Modified Organisms

August 26, 2014 | by Justine Alford Genetically modified crops are a topic of intense debate that have sparked a lot of controversy over the years, fuelled largely through a lack of understanding and vast amounts of misinformation. Do we need GM crops? … Continue reading

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THINGS TO DO IN YOUR GARDEN IN SEPTEMBER

***This list is courtesy of Mark Cullen 🙂 Peonies. September is ‘peony splitting’ month.  If you have one that is too big for the space that it is in or if you just want to move it, now is the time. … Continue reading

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DO YOU WANT TO GET FREE DOG FOOD?

Ask us today about how to earn FREE DOG FOOD with our Pet Food Loyalty Card Program.   Ask for your own frequent buyer loyalty card and all you have to do is keep track of your dog or cat food … Continue reading

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PESKY FLIES THIS SPRING???

As spring arrives, so do the flies as they awake from their winter slumber and congregate in your windows and doors, buzzing annoyingly and driving you crazy. The Cluster Busterâ„¢ is a revolutionary new fly trap from Powder Trap Inc.â„¢ that has received … Continue reading

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HORSE LOVER’S SELF-GUIDED TOUR — Uxbridge and Scugog

Visit local horse farms in both communities to learn first-hand each farm’s unique contribution to the equine experience — FREE EVENT! Check out www.scugog.ca and www.town.uxbridge.on.ca for details on their event’s calendar for the link to the complete tour brochure. UXBRIDGE TOUR — Saturday, … Continue reading

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