How To Protect Your Farm Animals From A Fire

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are plenty of fire hazards on just about every farm, ranch or dairy operation that can threaten your animals. Often, fire safety plans on farms overlook the danger to animals, meaning a significant potential loss of life and value. Here are some great tips for fire safety that can help protect the animals on your farm. Make a Fire Safety Plan That Includes Your Animals Although your first concern should be the preservation of human life, many ranchers, dairy workers, farmers and people with stables are interested in protecting the animals on their property. When constructing your fire safety plan, think about evacuation routes present in the structures housing your animals, and practice evacuating your animals in the case of fire. Have a fire extinguisher in strategic locations that you can quickly deploy to protect animals before a fire reaches them. Try to also understand the behavior of your animals, especially if they’re likely to panicky due to an approaching fire. You should know that herd animals are often calmer when they’re together, so think about evacuating horses in groups instead of alone. Readily accessible transportation is also important, so try to have options available to move animals away from a fire location, such as a large trailer. You can also create emergency medical kits with the help of your local vet to treat injuries and burns before animals are transported to an animal hospital. Finally, you’ll want some designated locations here you can bring your animals after they are secured from the fire, such as a fairground or farm in your area. Fire Suppression Systems Often, installing a fire suppression system with the help of places like Echo Fire Protection in the buildings housing your animals is one of the most effective ways to keep them safe. These fire suppression systems may represent an upfront cost, but they can save you thousands of dollars in loss of animal life. These systems quickly detect fires and then release water, gases or dry chemical powders that can put out most fires regardless of the source of the fire. Review The Fire Safety Of Your Buildings Many farms, ranches and stables house their animals in much older buildings featuring design flaws that can allow a fire to spread quickly. One of the biggest problems is often electricity. Older wiring and electrical components are often not suitable for handling today’s electricity needs.  If your building is older, you should have an experienced electrician review the wiring inside, and make any needed changes. Many older farm buildings also have flaws in their actual construction, with many utilizing “balloon frame construction”. This type of design leaves spaces between the studs that are used to keep the frame of the farm building together, allowing fires to easily spread. In such cases, speak with a contractor about adding fire-proofing elements to your farm building, and even adding fire stops in strategic locations to keep a fire from spreading. Ultimately, fire safety for your animals should be a part of your overall fire safety for farms, stables, ranches and other properties where animals are located. Follow the above tips and you may be able to protect your animals from the worst aspect of a fire...

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Using Props To Beautify Your Backyard

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you feel your backyard is looking a bit drab, there are many ways you can incorporate items into your landscape to help give the area more character. You can use these items in conjunction with each other to help create an area for retreat, where you can relax and enjoy the tranquility of the outdoors. Here are a few ways you can give your backyard a unique-looking area for meditation and relaxation. Start With Seating You will want to have a spot where you can rest your feet after a long day at work. Consider adding a wood bench to your area. You can stain or paint a bench in any color you desire. One trending look is an antique style. There are paints in gray hues that can be dabbled onto the wood in a random patterning to make it look old and worn. This fits in well with landscaped areas to make it feel enchanting and old.  If you would rather, add a hammock to your area. You could use it to curl up with a good book on a hot summer day. Add a few waterproof throw pillows and you have a great area to take a nap. Add Landscaping You will want to have an abundance of flowers in the area to intensify the beauty of your retreat. Clay pots can be filled with different types of flowers and placed strategically around your seating area to give you some visual appeal when you are sitting down. Purchase outdoor pottery in different sizes from a shop like Bob Williams Nursery Inc. You can fill these with different colored flowers. Have a few larger ones with greenery, as well. Putting in outdoor fountain in front of your seating will give you the pleasure of listening to the trickling of water while you are meditating. Fountains come in a variety of patterns and sizes, so you will want to pick one that goes with the theme of your seating. You can border the fountain with some gravel, stones, or slate walkways to enhance the area even further. Plant flowers along the walkway area to make your area feel like a small botanical garden. Incorporate Details You can further enhance your area by adding some extras that will make it easier to enjoy your retreat. Teak furniture can be kept outdoors year-round. You could add a small teak table to be used for your cup of tea or to hold a paperback book. Putting a canopy or trellis behind your seating can help shade you from hot sunlight. Place a few citronella candles in your area to be lit in anticipation of keeping bugs...

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Five Little-Known Facts About Sod

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are interested in getting into the sod growing and harvesting business, then you are probably doing all the research you can to figure out as much as you can about this industry. By now, you can probably consider yourself an expert on all things sod in regard to how the growing and harvesting process works, but there may still be some information you haven’t learned yet. Here are five interesting, little-known facts about sod that may assist you in the process of growing it, caring for it, and harvesting it, or that may just add to your repertoire of knowledge about it: 1. Sod Doesn’t Get As Hot As Other Surfaces People who use sod, especially turf, in areas where it gets really hot will benefit from its temperature-resistant properties. While it will still get hot, it won’t hold the heat like other surfaces do, so people can sit down on it or even touch it without fear of burning themselves. How can you be sure of this? Well, statistics suggest that sod surfaces are several times cooler than asphalt and bare soil. 2. Turf is Good for the Environment Every living thing needs oxygen, and sod helps produce more of that oxygen than anyone would normally get. When turf is used in an area, polluting chemicals are absorbed into the turf and converted into oxygen so that the plants in the area around the turf can breathe and thrive. As the plants breathe and thrive, they also produce more oxygen and carbon dioxide so that humans can continue to breathe healthfully. 3. Turf Reduces the Spread of Fire If you have a business established in an area where there are lots of fires each year, you may be able to protect your business by installing turf around the building. There simply isn’t as much in this grass to burn as there is in ordinary grass, so flames will burn much more slowly than they would out in the forest or in heavily-wooded areas. As long as you maintain the turf around your building properly, the likelihood of fire in that area will be greatly reduced. 4. Sod Grasses Reduce Injuries to Athletes Sod grass often gets turned into turf when it is produced, and this turf then gets laid down on football and soccer fields, and even golf courses. Because of the way that turf is constructed, players can grip the ground better with their feet as they move. There is also a sort of cushioning effect produced by sod, so if someone falls down on it, their odds of being injured are much less than they would be on grass, dust, or some other surface. 5. Sod Reduces Noise If you or your neighbors want to live in a community with minimal noise, you can install sod around the houses in the area instead of traditional grass. Sod has special properties in it that greatly reduce noise, so sounds won’t carry as far as they normally do. Therefore, even if there are noisy, rambunctious children in the area, a quiet night at home is still possible when they are playing on a sod surface lawn. Sod is a great thing with many benefits to the environment and to people in general. Not many people know...

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Ways In Which Organic Farmers Can Utilize Propane Gas

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Propane has had a big impact on agriculture in general, since it’s economical and has a wide variety of uses. But for organic farms in particular, propane can be a more environmentally friendly option that helps farmers maintain the cleanliness and efficiency of their operation. It has been approved as a clean, alternative fuel by the Clean Air Act and can be more effective than chemicals in many cases. Here are some of the many ways organic farmers are utilizing propane: Sanitation. Dairy and poultry facilities have used propane-fueled equipment to sanitize their facilities. Sanitizers that utilize propane to generate heat can be used to disinfect, since it helps kill pathogens and control diseases. It uses and leaves no chemical residue, which is vital for the organic farmer. Weed control. Weeds can be a particular challenge to organic farmers, since pesticides are a common method of controlling weeds. With propane gas burners mounted on their tractors, farmers can pass a flame over weeds. The cell walls of the weeds are damaged, and they’ll die. Propane can be used on crops like corn, because it’s protected by its outer leaves and grows back after this treatment. Defoliating cotton. When cotton farmers harvest their crops, they often remove the green leaves. Leaves can make the cotton harder to harvest by protecting it from harvesting machines. Sap from the leaves can interfere with the harvester and stain the cotton. Chemicals are frequently used on conventional farms, but propane heat can be used to defoliate. This is particularly attractive to organic farmers, but it can also benefit conventional farmers. Insect control. Bins, silos, and other storage units need to be treated for insects. Propane heat can reach all the crevices without posing a safety risk to people or livestock. It works in all weather conditions, even when it’s windy, and doesn’t corrode the container. Drying grain. Grain farmers who can harvest early can maximize their crops. The crop has small amounts of moisture and needs to be dried, however, before it’s stored. Propane can be a good way to fuel drying systems because it is portable and easily available, even in rural areas that aren’t served by natural gas. There’s no risk of a leak and resulting contamination. Settings can also be changed to accommodate the temperature needed for different grains. Farmers who are interested in purchasing propane equipment may be eligible to receive financial incentives through the Propane Farm Incentive Program. It may be a good choice for a variety of uses, especially for the organic...

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