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How to Feed Your Kelpie

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Used throughout Australia to herd livestock, kelpies are energetic dogs that love to run around and play. Kelpies need to get the right balance of nutrients in their diet to fuel their high levels of activity. Whether your kelpie is a working farm dog or a much-loved family pet, use these tips to ensure he eats well. What to Feed Your Kelpie A premium dry dog food should form the basis of your kelpie’s diet. You can add variety by supplementing this food with fresh meat, bones, cooked eggs, canned wet dog food and even fruits and vegetables, but keep these additions to no more than 10 percent of the dog’s daily diet. Premium dog foods are carefully designed to provide all the nutrients that an active dog needs to stay healthy. Some dog experts recommend adding a spoonful of fresh yoghurt to your kelpie’s food each day to soften the food and support your dog’s overall health. Feeding Kelpie Puppies From roughly three weeks of age, you can begin providing solid food to your kelpie pups. However, you should leave the pups with their mother until they are at least seven weeks old. She will gradually reduce the amount of milk she allows them to take, encouraging the pups to start eating solid food instead. Always feed kelpie puppies with a premium-quality puppy food. How Often to Feed Kelpies Kelpie puppies need to be fed more often than adult dogs. Up to 12 weeks of age, provide your kelpie pups with four meals in every 24-hour period. Reduce the number of daily meals to three when your kelpie reaches three months old and to two meals when the kelpie reaches six months. Kelpies reach adulthood around their first birthday, from which time they can usually tolerate eating just one meal per day. However, you can continue to split the adult dog’s food into two smaller daily meals if you prefer. Don’t Forget Fluids Kelpies need to drink water regularly during the day, particularly if they are working in the fields. Make sure your dog always has access to clean water. Avoid Over or Underfeeding A healthy male kelpie typically weighs 15-20 kg, with females weighing in at 11-16 kg. Check your dog’s weight every so often to ensure he’s not becoming too fat or too thin. Kelpie farm dogs need slightly more food during periods of heavy work. When your dog becomes elderly and less active, reduce his food intake slightly to prevent him becoming...

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Intermittent Water Pump Cycling: 3 Possible Causes and Solutions

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Intermittent water pump cycling is a water tank problem, which is a situation where your pumps turn on or off at odd times or unexpectedly when you are not running water in your house. This problem can lead to wastage of water. In addition, the unexpected turning on and off can be disturbing and inconvenient. By understanding the possible causes of this problem, you can easily find ways to fix them. For this reason, here some of the common causes of your intermittent water pump cycling and possible solutions. Running Toilets Identifying running toilets can be very challenging. Leaky fill or flush valves are often the major causes of running toilets. To identify running toilets, you can first look for water ripples in your toilet bowl, which could be an indicator that the water is being drained slowly. Alternatively, you can wipe dry your toilet bowl and let it sit for a while. If after some time you feel some wetness above the water line, then you have a running toilet. Last, you can drop food colouring or septic dye into your toilet tank and check your toilet bowl later to see whether the colouring appears. After realising that you have a running toilet, replace the leaky fill and flash valves. To determine whether running toilets were the cause of the intermittent pump cycling, turn off all your toilets at the supply valves and see whether the intermittent cycling stops. If it doesn’t, try the options below. Leaky/Faulty Check Valves If the check valve of your water pump is leaking or failing, water from your pressure tank will flow backwards through the pump. If the backward flow continues, the pump can lose its prime, resulting in loss of water supply. Therefore, if you have a faulty or leaky check valve, have it repaired or replaced as soon as possible. This also applies to the foot valve at the bottom of your water pipes in your well. Leaky Plumbing Fixtures Leaky plumbing fixture such as shower, sinks, and tubs can result in intermittent water pump cycling because your water pump will have to counterbalance the amount of water lost through leaking. Leaking fixtures can easily be identified with dripping faucets or showerheads. In the case where the water is dripping into hidden places such as your ceiling or walls, you will eventually see stains. Call your plumber if you have leaky fixtures or more questions about water tank...

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Considerations for Selecting the Ideal Irrigation System

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Irrigation is an essential aspect to consider when running an agricultural operation. This element is useful in delivering water artificially to the crops during periods of minimal rainfall. In addition, an irrigation plan is important if your farm is located in a relatively dry region. There are diverse irrigation options to consider in the modern industrial market before installation. Therefore, you should evaluate different products and compare the available features to ensure that the best scheme is selected. If you want to install a new irrigation system or upgrade your old one, consider these factors before making your final decision. Irrigation Pump The small irrigation systems used to water lawns can be operated by connecting the delivery systems to the water supply network. However, this is not a viable choice when you are dealing with a large-scale agricultural operation. You will require a pumping feature in your irrigation system to generate sufficient pressure for effective water delivery. In addition, there should be a reservoir such as a tank to hold the water, facilitating continuous flow. The main types of pumps include submersible, jet pumps and centrifugal pumps. A submersible pump is installed under the water surface, so it can be used to pump water from any depth. Jet pumps are designed to work with reservoirs that have varying water levels. Finally, the centrifugal pump is designed to pull up water, and it is favourable because it is inexpensive to purchase. You should discuss all these options with your irrigation services contractor. Delivery System The delivery system of an irrigation setup will determine the long-term efficiency of your farm. There are two primary delivery options to consider for your operation: sprinkler and drip. The sprinkler system is fabricated to provide the water by generating a spray and distributing it to the ground surface. It is an ideal choice for vegetable gardens because it will keep the leaves clean and prevent wilting. Unfortunately, the ground surface is constantly exposed to the sun, so the water evaporates fast. The drip system is more efficient because it delivers water in the soil, at the plants’ root level. This minimises losses by evaporation and guarantees maximum absorption by your plants. Timer and Sensor Features You should choose an irrigation system with timer and sensor features for maximum performance. The timer will allow you to programme the hours in which you want the water to be distributed on the farm. The sensors can detect changes in soil saturation, rainfall and even sunlight and adjustments can be made...

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Factors Considered During Water Testing

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If you own a farm, you know that water is used in a variety of applications. Whether your water usage goes into irrigation, livestock watering or for drinking, it is pertinent to ensure that its quality is tested from time to time. This water testing enables you to make decisions pertaining to how you use it and what measures you need to take to ensure that it remains safe for consumption. Most farm owners will get their water supply from dugouts, wells or natural sources such as ponds and rivers. Monitoring the quality of this water plays an important role in ensuring that your sources are both reliable as well as safe. Here are some of the factors that are considered during water testing. The turbidity of the water The term turbidity makes reference to particulate matter that will be found suspended in a fluid. This particulate matter functions towards scattering the light beams that fall onto the fluid. To test for water turbidity, a light is shone onto the water to measure nephelometric turbidity units. Typically, the less the turbidity units measures, the cleaner the water is. The amount of dissolved oxygen in the water Natural water sources tend to support a host of aquatic life systems. These life systems rely on oxygen for their survival. For instance, if you are rearing fish on your farm, then you should ensure that the amount of oxygen present is sufficient for them to thrive in the water. Generally, moving water will have more dissolved oxygen, making it a better source of water than stagnant water. Field kits are what are typically used to measure the amount of dissolved oxygen in your water sources. The PH levels of the water PH refers to the acidity or alkalinity of your water. PH units that are low translate into acidic water whereas higher units denote alkaline water. It is recommended to have the PH levels of your water checked on a regular basis to take note of any changes that may be occurring. You can opt to test the PH of your water yourself using electronic PH metres. Alternatively, you can have the water testing experts come in and do this for you for an accurate reading. The temperature of the water Another pertinent factor in water testing is the temperature. Drastic temperature changes in your water can negatively affect any lifeforms that may be living in the water. For instance, when industries make use of natural water sources as a cooling agent then release this water back into the ecosystem, the high temperatures will wreak havoc on both plant and animal life. High water temperatures may also be indicative of pollution, and this may mean the water is not safe for consumption. To schedule a water test, contact a professional service like Agrifood...

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