Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Horse Barn Maintenance

Horse stables form an important part when it comes to caring and tending for your horses. The beautiful and majestic animals need to be groomed well. The horse barns where the horses are kept need to be cleaned and maintained well! Horse barns need to be maintained for the hygiene, which is necessary for you and the animal as well. There are basic guidelines for horse barn maintenance.

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Horse Barn Maintenance Tips:

    Ensure to check the drainage system of the horse barns. This would help you prevent any flooding or clogging of the horse barn. Choose a nice and bright sunny day to clean the barn floor so that the natural sunlight enters the barn and helps it to dry easily. You must also consult a professional if any drainage problem persists.

    Apart from the dirt, the manure, dust and the chaff also tend to hold a lot of moisture and this can really turn dirty during the wet weather. Therefore, horse barns that have dirt floors need to have the top layer removed. You may need to add new soil to this. If maintained properly, it will keep the area clean and free from dirt and stench.

    Ensure when you clean out all the feedbags and the other materials, use a handcart to carry out the dirt so that it does not dirty the floor. This will save you mopping the floor yet another time!

    Get some rubber mats from the market, as these will prove to be a wise buy when it comes to the horse barn maintenance. Rubber mats are easy to clean and maintain and can be used as a base for the horses to stand upon while you go about cleaning the ground of the horse barn.

    Try to keep the horse barns maintained on a regular basis with the help of a power blower. A power blower can work with the help of electricity and can you clean up the place more efficiently.

    Ensure you pick the right tools that are required for horse barn maintenance. Try to invest in lightweight wheelbarrows and other such tools that will help you finish your tasks with great ease.

    Check out the various types of feed tubs and pick those feed tubs that are detachable and very easy to clean. This will reduce the process of cleaning of the tubs and the mess that may be created by certain horses whilst they eat from the feed tubs.

    Add some panels in easy to reach areas whilst you are cleaning the entire place. These panels on the walls can help you hang the required materials which may assist you in the cleaning process and save frequent trips to the other side of the horse barn.

    Maintain one cleaning routine for the horse barn. Start from a specific area to maintain uniformity in the maintenances process. Try to maintain a particular pattern that will help you simplify the way you manage the waste removal process. With this method, you can decide how you can place the tools needed for the maintenance of the horse barn.

    Ensure you clean the loft on a regular basis. This will help you keep the area clean without all the odors.

    Keep a regular check on the horse stables walls, windows etc for any need of replacement or repair. This would save you a lot of time when it comes to maintenance.

We hope that the above tip will help you to clean it with more ease on a regular basis so that the horse barns become more inhabitable for the horses.

Written By: Mike Girolami, President of WorkWear1, http://www.workwear1.com/, a Local Distributor of Carhartt Clothing, Redford MI

Michigan’s Black Bear Management

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is working to develop a Statewide Bear Management Plan. We hope to have the plan finalized in the Spring of 2009. Public involvement throughout the planning process is critical in order to create a plan that is acceptable to as many Michigan citizens as possible.

The mission of the Department's black bear management program is to maintain a healthy black bear population that provides a balance of recreational opportunities for residents while at the same time minimizing conflicts with humans. Goals of the Management Plan are:

    1. Maintain a viable bear population within habitats suitable for the species where socially acceptable.
    2. Maintain bear abundance at levels compatible with land use, recreational opportunities, and the public's acceptance capacity for bear.
    3. Manage black bear habitat to provide for the long-term viability of the species.
    4. Use hunting as the primary tool to help achieve population goals.
    5. In addition to hunting, provide bear-related recreational opportunities, which recognize the aesthetic value of bear.
    6. Promote education about bears and bear-related recreational activities, and how to minimize negative human-bear interactions.

The Department of Natural Resources is once again seeking help from hunters and trappers through the winter who encounter denned black bears while in the field in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. In the Northern Lower Peninsula, this effort is part of an ongoing DNR program to annually radio-collar a sample of female bears. Bears are also becoming more common in the Southern Lower Peninsula and biologists are interested in learning more about their movements and habitat associations.

After locating a denned bear, DNR biologists will determine if the animal is a good candidate for radio-collaring. Bears that are selected will be sedated by a biologist and fitted with a radio-tracking collar and ear tags. Hair samples will be taken for DNA analysis and a small non-functional tooth will be collected to determine the bear's age. Upon completion of the short procedure, biologists will carefully return the bear to their den where it will sleep through the remainder of the winter months.

People who encounter bear dens are asked to record the location, with a GPS unit if possible, and contact Mark Boersen at the DNR Roscommon Operations Center at 989-275-5151 for bears in the Northern Lower Peninsula; or Dwayne Etter at 517-373-9358, ext. 256, for bears in the southern Lower Peninsula. The public is reminded that it is illegal to disturb a bear den or disturb, harm, or molest a bear in its den.

Written By: Mike Girolami, President of WorkWear1, http://www.workwear1.com/, a Local Distributor of Carhartt Clothing, Redford MI