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Ag on Instagram: The best farm photos from Feb. 8

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We bring you some of the best farm photos on Instagram for Feb. 8. Want to get listed in this daily feature? Be sure to hashtag your pics with #agdaily!

Hiding from the snow… #winter2018 #anguscattle #homemadeshed

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So it’s been a while. It’s been a while since I introduced myself, and since I felt like I should make my business account more personal. I’m sure you’ve been annoyed by my serious posts right? – – – The truth is, we all get lost in trying to make our jobs work that we lose our real vision sometimes. I felt that for a while, but I’m back from that and I want to be real with you- share my adventures, behind-the-scenes and everything else. – – – So let me reintroduce myself. My name is Callie Taylor, a native of Petersburg, WV. I love helping busy agriculturalists grow their business through branding strategies so they can get back to work. This tagline is special to me, because it reminds me of my father and boyfriend- the two hardest working people I know. I have a huge love for cattle, Christmas trees and traveling. – – – Tell me who you are. I’d love to meet ya.

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Part 2/2 on anemia for the night. I find topics like this interesting – hopefully some of you do too! I personally have had the theory for a long time that anemia is a very common problem, way more than most people realize. I noticed a huge variance in the packed cell volume (PCV) aka how many red blood cells there are while testing calves blood to find out their total protein (whether they had a sufficient amount of colostrum). While about half the calves appeared to have enough red blood cells (RBC's) just by looking at the blood after I had spun it down in a centrifuge, about 25% always seemed to have not quite enough, while another 25% seemed to have a very low level of RBC's. The amount of RBC's a calf shows whether they are anemic (lacking sufficient levels of red blood cells) or not. The amount varied from one farms calves to another as well, making it seem to me that the amount of RBC's a calf has is greatly influenced by how the dam is cared for during pregnancy. One farm had nearly every single calf have a low level of RBC's, two tended to be split about half and half, and two had calves that typically were fine. If I had a calf that, judging from how the blood sample looked was likely anemic, I would typically give them a dose of Iron Dextran. The anemic calves that were given Iron Dextran were less likely to end up catching a disease such as scours compared to the anemic calves that I didn't treat. Since it was most likely an iron deficiency causing their anemia, that made sense, as iron has an important role in the production of antibodies which fight diseases. #dairycalftodairycow429 #farmproud #farm365 #dairy #dairyfarm #pnw #lynden #askthecrazycalfraiser #healthycalves #dairy #lynden #bellingham #wwu #calfraising #raisingthenextgeneration #agdaily #vettech #anemia

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