We only inoculate for tetanus (3way to the baby cows at castration), other than that I do not use antibiotics or profolatic wormers on my animals (we have a closed herd) – I manage parasites primarily with pasture rotation. We move our cows about every 2 weeks and they are in deep bedding in the winter. Meat chickens (50 per year) moved daily, pigs moved to new pasture every 2 months.
Grazing, Pasture and Nutrient Management Practices
Cows – in barn Dec – March – then out 24/7 with some turn out during the winter about 1 day per week but only a 1/2 day so they don’t damage pasture.
Horses – in barn at night and in winter on very wet days
Pigs – on pasture there whole lives – have a mobile house
Layers – on pasture there whole lives – have a mobile house
Meat Chickens – on pasture there whole lives – have a mobile house bees – fly where ever they want : )
We practice rotational grazing with solar portable e-fencing (ribbon style and netting (for chickens).
We have woods and hedgerow and lots of wild birds – bird houses, owl houses, raptor, etc. We have also planted lots of native trees and native plants in hedge row and around farm.
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