Friday, December 9, 2022
Farming 101

Farming 101

Farm and Dairy is featuring a series of “101” columns throughout the year to help young and beginning farmers master farm living. From finances to management to machinery repair and animal care, farmers do it all.

Tagging livestock is an important part of animal identification but must be done properly to keep the animal from losing its tag or getting an infection.
farmland

There are many reasons for a farm to consider growing, even in today’s environment of tight margins. Here are nine options for expanding the farm business.
fencing on farm

Planning is the key to ensuring fencing is installed properly and you're getting the most out of your investment.

Before installing an electric fence consider these 10 tips to promote efficiency and safety.
picture of paper work

The balance sheet is a snapshot of what the farm business owns (assets) and what it owes (liabilities). Do your first farm balance sheet when you begin farming.

Learn how to protect your farm workers and your personal property from theft, and natural disaster.

Choose between board, barbed wire, woven wire, cable, mesh, high-tensile, electric or a combination of any of these to best suit your farm fencing needs.
Angus cattle grazing

Animals can be unpredictable. No matter how well you think you know your livestock, something could spook them, causing the animal to react quickly and violently.
grazing pasture

The are many factors that play a role in pasture productivity. Here are nine things to consider when walking your pastures.
Tilling

Understanding a tractor’s stability — its center of gravity and stability baseline — in relation to outside forces could prevent a major accident or injury.