Late Summer On The Farm

Can you believe that summer is already winding down? This is a very beautiful—and often very busy—season on farms. And while you’ve likely got a pretty long to-do list no matter what time of year it is, this is a good reminder to tackle some of those summer projects before things cool down. Read on as a Dallas, GA vet discusses late summer on the farm.

Emergency Preparation

Hurricane season tends to ramp up as summer winds down. It’s never too soon to prepare for this! Make sure you have at least a few weeks’ worth of hay and grain available. This is also the time to make sure your generators and chainsaws are functioning properly. If you have any drainage issues, tackle them now.

New Arrivals

If you have a working farm, you’ve probably got a few new furry faces among your residents. Many animals give birth in late spring or early summer, so by late August, those newborns have reached that adorably clumsy toddler stage. Take time to work with the little ones! Get them used to being haltered and groomed, and having their mouths, legs, and feet handled.

Check Your Animals

Heat can be very dangerous for animals. Keep an eye out for common issues. For instance, chickens may develop mites at this time of year, while bunnies can be prone to flystrike. Ask your vet for more information.

Cool It Down

Georgia summers are no joke. One thing that may help keep your animals more comfortable is adding ice to their water on sweltering days. (Just don’t add too much to any one bucket.) Consider getting a portable plug-in icemaker and small freezer for your tack room. You may also want to install or upgrade fans for the barn. Proper ventilation is crucial during these sweltering dog days!

Parasite Control

Keep up with preventative care! Livestock will need dewormers, while Fido and Fluffy should have flea and tick control, as well as heartworm preventative. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Farm To Table Party

This is a perfect time for an annual farm-to-table event. Hang some solar lights from a tree, and set up a table beneath it for a gorgeous al fresco experience. This can make for some wonderful memories!

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