Category Archives: Farm Life

Least Common Denominator? Come On, People!

Our turkeys continue to grow rapidly.  We transferred them from the brooder house to grow-out buildings.  It’s a slow, tedious job… we have learned over the years there is no magic formula for herding and moving four-week old turkeys. Creating … Continue reading

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Animal Wellbeing & Arkansas

Greetings from Central Illinois, where it continues to be warm and dry. Turkeys are four weeks old today and doing well as the dry warm weather makes for easy ventilation. The bedding is dry and the birds love dusting themselves. Later this week, … Continue reading

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What Happens in Peoria

Our baby turkeys are no longer babies. Seventeen days old today – growing rapidly, nearly full-feathered, and rambunctious. The high heat had minor consequences the first week (mostly on this producer’s comfort).  Ventilation was difficult, yet constantly walking through the birds … Continue reading

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Baby, It’s Hot Outside

The heat continues to blister here in the Midwest.  I am hearing horror stories of losses to all live meat animals.  Would guess many livestock producers will be upgrading their cooling systems to survive these types of heat spells… We … Continue reading

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The Mother of Invention…

 …Is Serendipity. In 1995, I happened to observe a unique machine in operation: it was being used to fill dump-trailers with shelled corn stored in silica-sand mines. The machine was designed to fill the trailers in a place with serious … Continue reading

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