The manure lagoons flooded by Hurricane Florence show that pigs produce a lot of waste. Managing manure correctly on small farms is key to protecting waterways and gaining valuable fertilizer.
For some farmers, docking piglet tails reduces biting that can cause pain and lingering effects. For other farmers, though, it might not be necessary at all.
Stress takes a high toll on farmers at all levels. We tend to our crops, animals, family and land. But we need to care for our own mental health as well.
Fish require less maintenance than other livestock. They provide a healthy protein source for your family and could add revenue to your farm.
For hens, greatest egg production happens early and quickly. Farmers looking at the bottom line must eventually decide whether to keep nonproducing chickens that eat market profits.
Websites such as craigslist can often lead you to the used farm equipment that you need or want, but it can take diligence, patience and careful searching.