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Exploring Bos Indicus Beef Cattle Breeds

Many people do not realize that there are two major families of beef cattle: the Bos taurus and the Bos Indicus. Those that are in the Bos indicus family are different from Bos taurus in that they feature a musculo-fatty hump, short sleek coats and a pendulous dewlap. This family of beef cattle, which originated from southern Asia, is also better suited to hot temperate regions due to their high heat tolerance and resistance to tick fever. The following are some of the breeds found in this family of beef cattle.

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Exploring Bos Taurus Beef Cattle Breeds

Did you know that there are several different types of beef cattle? Among these are several breeds that fall within the Bos taurus family of cattle. Here is a look at some of the main Bos taurus breeds.

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Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Horse

Are you considering buying a horse? If so, there are several factors that you should take into consideration in order to determine if you are ready to become a horse owner. 

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Deadly Pasture Plants: Part 3

In this third and final installment of toxic plants that may be found in your pasture, we will look at more plants to watch out for and to eliminate from your horse’s diet.

Lamb’s Quarters

Also known as pigweed or goosefoot, lamb’s quarters is characterized by smooth, light-colored leaves and a woody red stem. As such, it rather resembles a small, green cluster of cauliflower. Horses are unlikely to eat this plant if other feed is available. In addition, large amounts of the plant need to be consumed in order to take effect. Symptoms of lamb’s quarters ingestion include:

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Deadly Pasture Plants: Part 2

In this second of a two-part series, we will explore additional toxic plants that may be found in your pasture.

Buttercup

Buttercup is known for its yellow, cup-shaped flowers paired with sharply lobed leaves and a thin stem. If there is more desirable feed available, horses will typically avoid eating buttercup due to its acrid taste and the direct blistering to the mouth that it causes. Fortunately, this plant is no longer toxic after a hard frost or when dried and mixed into hay. Still, it is best to irradiate this plant from your pasture if possible, as it may cause the following symptoms:

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Deadly Pasture Plants: Part 1

Turning your horse out to pasture is a great way to allow it to get some variety in its diet while also reducing your feed bill. Before you allow your horse to roam freely and eat as it pleases from your pasture, however, it is essential to ensure the pasture is free from plants that could be poisonous to your horse. In this first of a three-part series, we will explore some potentially dangerous plants in your pasture.

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Recognizing Common Dental Issues in Horses

Just as with humans, horses can face a number of dental issues that may need to be addressed. Some of these include:

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Caring for Your Horse’s Teeth

The American Association of Equine Practitioners recommends providing horses with a veterinary oral and dental examination at least once per year. For those who are younger than five or over the age of 20, more frequent exams may be necessary. The same is true for horses with known dental issues. 

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Getting to Know Your Horse’s Teeth

Just as with humans, an important part of your horse’s healthcare is to care for its teeth.  Altogether, a horse has the capacity to have up to 44 teeth by the time it is an adult. These teeth include:

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Understanding Herd Mentality in Horses

The heard mentality is something that has been ingrained in horses since their wild herd days. While this mentality helps to safeguard the herd in the wild while also maintaining family groups, it can become problematic when dealing with domesticated horses. So, what exactly is the herd mentality and what can you do if it becomes a problem? Read More