Jamie Washburn

Jamie Washburn
Former Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms


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Hooves and Horns

All things livestock and equine...get nutrition, management, animal health and industry updates.
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Heat Stress

While we may be getting a slight break in the heat, heat stress could still be a real problem for livestock, we could be seeing summer's hottest temps yet to come. The greatest impacts of heat stress come when cattle are exposed to a combination of elevated temperature and humidity over a period of time.  Hot and humid conditions during the day can stress cattle, but cooler temperatures at...

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The Bison Advantage

The bison industry is growing rapidly today, spurred by increased consumer demand for the deliciously healthy meat products and its byproducts. This consumer-driven market surge marks a significant step forward in the development of the bison business as a strong, sustainable opportunity for ranchers/farmers and marketers alike. For bison ranchers—and prospective ranchers—many factors...

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Horse Vaccinations...Anthrax, flu and everything in between!

Spring is here! With it comes the annual question of what should you vaccinate your horse for. The options are endless and the challenge is finding the right balance for your horse, mediating the risk of infection without going overboard and overstimulating the immune system causing unwanted side effects. Taking a less is more approach is often the best course of action. Keep in mind that v...

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Veterinary Feed Directive - Yes, it Probably Effects You!

We’ve been hearing about it for a while now, but if you are a livestock producer and you haven’t taken notice now is the time to get your head out of the sand and pay attention. The FDA’s new ruling on Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD) officially went active in October of 2015. The new rules will go into full effect by January 1, 2017 with the period between October 2015 and January 2017 being...

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