It’s that time of year again…October 12, National Farmers Day! It’s a chance for us to collectively take a step back and specifically thank all of the farmers who work so hard each day to feed the world.

Thank you…

…for all the early mornings and late nights.

…for all those cold winter mornings feeding and milking.

…for all those hot summer days baling hay.

…for all those dusty fall harvest days.

…for all the hard work that makes it so easy for the rest of us.

FROM THE BOTTOMS OF OUR HEARTS, THANK YOU, FARMERS -- The team at Farmco

Thank You Farmers! | #NationalFarmersDay

Your grain or other livestock feed is crucial to keeping your animals healthy during the winter — unfortunately, your herd isn’t the only ones who want a taste. Rodents and vermin like to turn your animal feed into a free buffet whenever they get the chance.  Plus, the wintertime water and resulting mold can play a part in ruining the livestock feed you’re storing as well.

If you want to fight back against mold and pests, you need to check out these 4 livestock feed storage ideas. Some are DIY work-arounds you can try out — and others are long-term investments. Learn 4 ways to keep your feed and grains safe!

Grain Storage Ideas & Solutions

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If you leave your feed in the plastic bags it comes in, rodents will chew right through them before you can say Mickey Mouse. Not only do vermin like to eat your feed, they also pollute it with their feces. In fact, wasted and ruined feed is one of the biggest and most-preventable ways that farmers lose money.

Grain storage is your investment to prevent that loss. Your ideal livestock feed storage solution needs to be stronger than vermin, protected from the rain, and easy to transport and use.

Learn more about how vermin and mold destroy cattle feed.

Some large farms employ multiple 30-ton or 50-ton stationary grain bins. While that massive equipment works for them, it’s not right for most farmers since it is too large, too expensive, and not mobile. Let’s take a look at some innovative grain storage solutions instead:

Our grain bins are designed to hold a large amount of bulk feed for as long as you need without contamination. In addition, using our grain bins make your job on the farm easier.

Farmco Manufacturing – Building Solutions to Help Farmers

Farmco builds livestock feed storage bins with the same precise manufacturing and experienced engineering we use to build our horse and cattle feeders. No matter what Farmco product you buy, you can feel confident it was constructed to resist rust and stand up to the elements – and vermin.

We build all of our products to solve real problems that farmers face every day. Learn more about how the Farmco line can help you save time today.

So if you’re finished trying to make do with impromptu livestock feed storage, it’s time to upgrade to a Farmco grain bin. Contact us to get your grain bin quote today.

If you’re a horse farmer or equestrian enthusiast, you love raising horses because you love riding. Chances are, doing the farm chores like feeding or cleaning up after the horses doesn’t top your list of favorite activities.

The right equipment exists to make your job easier, no matter what that job is. Finding the right horse feeder can help you spend less time doing chores and more time working with the horses themselves. Just like we show you how to find the right cattle feeder, we want to help you find the ideal horse feeder for your farm.

Read our latest blog and learn more about some of our popular lines of horse feeders.

3 Farmco Horse Feeders

Here are 3 horse feeders that include different features, meant to serve a different number of animals. See your options when shopping for a Farmco horse feeder.

Learn More about Farmco Horse Feeders

Are one of these horse feeders a perfect match for your farm or stable? Whether you want to get more information or place your order, we can help.  Farmco sells our feeders online and in-person through our dedicated dealer network.

Contact us to learn more about our horse feeders and to get your free quote.

Whether on pasture or in their stall, preventing horse boredom is important. Horses that are bored can become depressed and even develop negative behaviors. That’s nothing a little care and a little ingenuity can’t solve.

At Farmco, we’re a resource for stables and equine enthusiasts. That’s why we’re presenting our list of horse boredom busters — some are tips to try and others are equine products to invest in.

Our Recommended Horse Boredom Breakers

If you raise or board horses, you know there will always be periods of downtime. You can’t be riding or turning out horses 24/7 — it just isn’t possible. That’s why having methods to entertain horses during these times is so crucial.

Every horse is different, and as a result, they’ll respond to these boredom busters differently. We recommend trying a few of these ideas and seeing how your horse or horses respond.

The Farmco 608SF Slow Feed Horse Feeder

At Farmco Manufacturing we build equipment that solves problems for real farmers and horse enthusiasts. We developed our 608SF Slow Feed Horse Feeder for this very reason.

Not only is the Farmco slow feed horse feeder a way to keep your horses entertained on pasture, but it provides a variety of other benefits to horse enthusiasts.

Learn more about how the Farmco 6608 Slow Feed Horse Feeder solved a problem for Farmco’s most famous fan!

Bring the Farmco Advantage to Your Horse Farm

In addition to our popular 608SF, Farmco builds a wide variety of equipment to help horse farmers and equine enthusiasts.

Farmco feeders can be found all across the country as we sell our products online and through our dealer network. If you want to learn more about the advantages of Farmco feeders or want to get your quote, contact us today!

Farmco designs horse and cattle feeders to solve problems for farmers all across America. Some of those farmers happen to be more nationally famous than others. Recently, we built a feeder for NFL All-Pro Running Back – and horse enthusiast – Brian Westbrook.

Here’s the story and more info about the feeder he purchased.

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The Setup

After 9 NFL seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Brian Westbrook retired and developed a passion for horsemanship. He spends his days on the Westbrook Farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. With 50 acres of stables, trails, and green pastures, Westbrook Farm is home to his horses as well as others stabled there.

Brian Westbrook isn’t just the name on the sign – he’s a true equine enthusiast who spends his days working in the fields with his horses.

The Problem

Even though Brian Westbrook is known for his 6000+ rushing yards, he still has all of the same concerns as any other horse owner. Here are the problems that Farmco teamed up with Brian to tackle:

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The Feeder

Introducing the 608SF Slow Feed Horse Feeder.

Learn more about the 608SF Slow Feed Horse Feeder right here.

The Solution

The 608SF Slow Feed Horse Feeder worked as advertised. The benefits were immediately obvious, and the feeder is still as tough as the day Brian introduced it to his farm.

All around, the feeder was a hit — both looking and performing like a champ.

Hear What Westbrook has to Say

Since Brian was such a fan of the 608SF feeder, he agreed to speak about his experience with it to the equine community.

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Get Your 608SF or Other Horse Feeder

If you’re ready to upgrade to a hay — and labor — saving Farmco horse feeder, get in touch with us today.

All of our products are designed to solve problems for real horse farmers and equine enthusiasts across America. Our feeders save you hay while keeping your horses healthy. Contact us to buy your own Farmco horse feeder.

While most savvy farmers know that ground feeding is an outdated method, some still hold onto this old tradition—and that’s a bad thing. Some classic farming traditions have unfortunately stuck around.

Still common among both cow farmers and equine enthusiasts, ground feeding is actually counterproductive, as it wastes hay (and money) and exposes both types of animals to entirely preventable parasites.

At Farmco, we build the world’s best cow and horse feeders, so we know the difference a sturdy feeder can make for your herd. It’s one of our missions to educate all types of farmers about the waste and the danger caused by ground feeding hay to your animals.

Why Do Some Farmers Still Ground Feed?

There isn’t just one answer for this question. From what we’ve heard talking to real farmers, it comes down to four things:

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How Ground Feeding Wastes Hay

Some farmers say that ground feeding is the most natural way to feed animals. That might be true, but it doesn’t mean it’s the best way.

Here are the most common ways we see ground feeding waste hay:

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As a 21st century farmer — whether it’s your job or hobby — you need to find ways to save money wherever possible.  Hay and other feed isn’t cheap. This is no place to let superstitions and old habits undercut your bottom line.

How Much Can Ground Feeding Waste Cost You?

Numerous agricultural studies show that ground feeding wastes approximately 50% of feed placed on the ground. That 50% holds true for both horses and cattle.

Essentially, you need to buy 2 bales for every 1 bale you feed to your herd or your horses. That wasted hay (and money) adds up.

Need some good news? Our top-of-the-line feeders are specifically designed to prevent feed waste.

Parasites from Ground Feeding

One other way that ground feeding nickels and dimes the average farmer is through the added exposure to parasites. Ground feeding increases the risk of internal parasites for both horses and cows.

When animals eat directly off the ground, they are at risk to consume parasite larva or eggs along with their feed. Young calves, in particular, are susceptible to parasites.

Consistently having to deworm your horses or your herd is an added expense — the more animals you have, the more expensive it becomes.

Find the Feeder That’s Right for Your Farm

Ground feeding is an outdated practice that will waste your money every year until you make an upgrade.

While nearly ANY feeder on the market is an improvement over ground feeding, you want to make a good investment and get your money’s worth. Not only does Farmco build the sturdiest feeders on the market, we build the smartest feeders specifically designed to prevent feed waste.

Start the conversation and find the perfect feeder for your farm.

Your horses are your pride and joy — especially if you plan to show them. However for your horses to do well, they need to be well-trained and in good condition. Keeping your show horses happy and healthy is a major factor in ensuring your horses are in winning condition.

We’ve been building horse feeders since 1985 for — and with — equine enthusiasts. These are the best strategies we’ve learned to keep your show horses happy and healthy.

6 Strategies for Happy & Healthy Horses

1. Give Them a Satisfying Routine

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Like many people, horses thrive on routine and structure. Turning your horses out to pasture at the same time every day (weather permitting) keeps them feeling satisfied and helps them to trust you. Along the same lines, when hacking your horse, walk them along familiar trails and paths to keep them happy and comfortable.

2. Prevent Parasites & Don’t Overuse Deworming Medicine

Parasites are a common health problem in horses, and some equine enthusiasts combat this by administering frequent, preventative deworming. It’s true that parasites are responsible for a variety of health problems in horses such as respiratory diseases, liver damage, and even permanent paralysis.

However, some horse farmers double down on the cure, overusing deworming medicine. This can actually lead some horses to develop medicine-resistant parasites.

Instead, consider having your horse spend more time on dry lots or semi-dry lots. This prevents the horses from ground feeding and grazing, which is a major cause of parasites. Plus, if you have horses, you know that the dry lot gives them fantastic traction for running.

3. Let Them Breathe Easy — Protect Your Horse’s Respiratory Health

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Horses are susceptible to respiratory illnesses, like COPD, which limit their lung capacity. This can make running or hacking very laborious for your horse.

Mold exposure is one of the most common causes for horse respiratory issues. Horses are exposed to mold in two ways:

Keep your horse’s health in the forefront and inspect their stable for the obvious signs of mold.

4. Schedule a Professional Equine Massage from Time to Time

Chances are you know the basics of equine massage yourself. In fact, you likely incorporate many techniques of equine massage into your brushing and grooming care routine.

However, a professional can provide more advanced techniques to promote horse health and mobility.

5. Prepare Them for Time around Other Animals

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Historically, horses have been prey animals and as a result have developed fear responses to many unknown stimulus, including other animals.

While not every horse is the same, most horses tend to be afraid of dogs, pigs, and goats.

As a result, many horse-only shows mandate that visitors leave pets and other animals at home. However, if you’re planning to show your horse around other animals, you need to be prepared.

One of the best methods to desensitize horses to the smells and sounds of other animals is to pasture them alongside other animals for brief periods of time.

6. Keep Horses from Becoming Overweight or Obese

Weight and diet are one of the biggest factors that undermine a horse’s health. Overweight and obese horses suffer from muscular-skeletal problems and even diabetes.

As any horse enthusiast knows, limiting a horse’s food intake is practically a full-time job. If given free access to food, any horse will eat itself into a state of obesity.

Since horse obesity is one of the biggest problems faced by horse owners and horse farmers, Farmco developed our 6608sf Slow Feed Horse Feeder — designed to allow your horse to eat only what it needs.

A Hay Feeder Designed to Prevent Horse Obesity

The Farmco 608SF Slow Feed Horse Feeder is the only feeder on the market designed to ensure a horse eats a healthy amount of hay.

We know what you’re thinking: Nobody can stop my horse from eating. How can your feeder do that?

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The Slow Feed Horse Feeder accomplishes this thanks to the unique slow feed net panels. The polyester net around the hay bale limits the amount of hay a horse can eat in a single bite, allowing them to eat all day, without overeating.  The 2.5 inch net panel opening is designed to allow a horse to eat 1 to 1.5 pounds of hay per hour — the precise amount of hay experts recommend.

Using a covered feeder like the Farmco 608SF keeps hay dry, preventing dangerous mold from developing.

In addition, this advanced feeder also cuts your hay costs. The protective netting allows horses to eat as much as they want, yet it doesn’t allow them to pull their hay out of the feeder and ruin it. Your horses can have all the feed they need — but they can’t ruin it.

As is the case with ALL Farmco products, we make sure the feeder is safe for your animals. We ensure there are no sharp corners, only rounded edges. In addition, we design our feeders to be safe for horses by ensuring there are no places where they could become stuck.

Finally, we coat our feeders in weather-resistant polyurethane paint. The paint we use is designed not to chip, meaning paint chips won’t end up in your horses’ feed.