Small Acreage Management:
RABIES ON THE RISE IN COLORADO: BE AWARE
- Do not handle wildlife, especially skunks, raccoons, foxes and bats that are acting inappropriately or have died.
- Vaccinate your pets and livestock.
- Educate yourself. Save your life or the life of a loved one. For information go to the Colorado Dept of Health website: www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDPHE-DCEED/CBON/1251607766329
To most of us, animal health, care, and enjoyment are our main focus on the farm or ranch. Caring for your animals includes providing proper housing, feed, and water. Additionally proper animal manure management must be considered. Proper animal management techniques will not only keep your animals healthy, it will also help sustain your plants, soil, and water.
Livestock Management in the Mountains - Booklet developed specifically for Colorado mountain communities. Topics include fencing laws, dealing with predators, cold temperatures and snow, handling emergencies, poisonous plants, and much more.
- Manure Management Guidelines for Small Acreages
- Horse Manure Management
- Preventing E. coli From Garden to Plate
Sustainable Manure Management Practices
- Dispose of manure, bedding, and feed wastes by composting, spreading on crops, or hauling it to a composting or disposal facility.
- Store manure at least 200 feet from water sources including wells and streams.
- Eliminate animal access to streams, ditches, ponds, and wetlands.
- Locate corrals and pens downslope of streams and wells.
Livestock and Animal Resources
- Nitrate Poisoning fact sheet
- ATTRA Livestock, beef, dairy, sheep, goats, hogs, and poultry info
- Animal Mortality Management
- CSU Vet Extension website
- Colorado Hay Directory published by CO Dept. of Ag, Conservation Services
- Livestock Factsheets
- National Ag Library: Best single source of reasearch based information on everything Ag
- Poisonous Plants
- Problems with Cattle at High Elevations
- Rabies in Horses: Should Horses be Vaccinated in Colorado?
- Short Courses for Horse Owners, CSU Equine Reproduction Laboratory
- Stretching Your Horse’s Hay Supply During Drought
Animal Emergency Preparedness
- Caring for Livestock Before Disaster - CSU factsheet
- Caring for Livestock During Disaster- CSU factsheet
- Caring for Livestock After Disaster- CSU factsheet
- Community Disaster Animal Planning Toolkit and Saving pets, saving people - 15 min video that provides an overview of the community process of animal disaster planning
- General disaster info at EDEN
- Healthy Living with Goats:
An overview of health issues for the backyard farmer.
- Raising Sheep & Goats for Profit - 20 min. video. Goat and sheep owners discuss manure and pasture practices, fencing, feed and water, predator control, housing, and treating sick animals.
SAM Newsletter Articles
- Backyard Chicken Harvesting - spring 2016
- Is this the Year of Voles? - spring 2016
- Paddock Paradise Track System For Horses - summer 2015
- Rain and Hay Production - summer 2015
- Backyard Poultry Safety - spring 2015
- New Regulations for Small-Scale Producers of Chicken Eggs Focus on Food Safety - spring 2015
- Winter Water for Livestock & Horses
- Western Whorled Milkweed Poisoning in Livestock
- From 4-H Goat Project to Cheesemaking School - fall 2014
- Vesicular Stomatitis In Colorado - fall 2014
- Animal Welfare Approved Label - summer 2014
- Winter Livestock Care - winter 2014
- Healthy Living With Goats - fall 2013
- Hydroponic Fodder Production - spring 2013
- Goats - spring 2013
- Dexter Cattle – winter 2013
- Animal Disease Traceability Rule Released – winter 2013
- Drought Calls for Change in Grazing – winter 2013
- How to Assess Hay for Quality - fall 2012
- High Nitrates in Drought Stressed Forage – fall 2012
- Raising a Pig for Meat – winter 2011
- Brown or White? Let's Talk Eggs – winter 2011
- Manure: A Renewable Resource – summer 2010
- Backyard Chickens – summer 2010
- Toxic Weeds and Horses – spring 2010
- Feeding Your Horse – spring 2010
- Animal Grazing Habits – winter 2010
- Animal Mortality Planning – summer 2009
- Equine Biosecurity: What can you do?
- Considerations for Raising Chickens on your Property
- Livestock Nutrition for Small Acreages
- Poisonous Plants and Horses
- Poisonous Plants of Colorado
- Fundamentals of Small Acreage Swine Production
- Alpacas & Llamas: The Sustainable Livestock
- Raising Sheep and Goats
- Animal Emergency Preparedness
- Small Scale Cattle Production - Things to Consider
- Temple Grandin - Handling Cattle and Other Livestock
- Planning for a Sustainable Homestead
Guide to Planning on Your Property
Updated Tuesday, April 19, 2016