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Farmers' Almanac's Best Days for Farm/Animals
December 15 to February 12

Here is a list of the Best Days for the next 60 days for Farm/Animals tasks as published in the Farmers' Almanac.

For a calendar of Best Days for the entire year, pick up a copy of the Farmers' Almanac at a store near you , or order a copy in our online store.

December 2017

December 15th
Castrate Farm Animals
December 16th
Castrate Farm Animals
December 17th
Castrate Farm Animals
December 18th
Castrate Farm Animals
December 19th
Castrate Farm Animals
December 20th
Castrate Farm Animals
December 21st
Castrate Farm Animals
December 22nd
Castrate Farm Animals
December 23rd
Castrate Farm Animals
December 24th
Castrate Farm Animals

January 2018

January 1st
Go Hunting, Slaughter
January 2nd
Go Hunting, Slaughter
January 12th
Castrate Farm Animals
January 13th
Castrate Farm Animals
January 14th
Castrate Farm Animals
January 15th
Castrate Farm Animals
January 16th
Castrate Farm Animals
January 17th
Castrate Farm Animals
January 18th
Castrate Farm Animals
January 19th
Castrate Farm Animals
January 20th
Castrate Farm Animals
January 21st
Castrate Farm Animals

February 2018

February 1st
Slaughter
February 2nd
Slaughter
February 5th
Go Hunting
February 6th
Go Hunting
February 8th
Castrate Farm Animals
February 9th
Castrate Farm Animals
February 10th
Castrate Farm Animals
February 11th
Castrate Farm Animals
February 12th
Castrate Farm Animals
Best Days Explained...

According to Farmers' Almanac tradition, when the moon is in the appropriate phase and place in the zodiac, it's widely believed that activities will be more fruitful or lead to improved results. The period between the new and full moon (first and second quarters) is considered as the best time to perform tasks that require strength, fertility and growth. The period between the full and new moon (third and fourth quarters) is best for harvesting, slowing growth, etc. Consideration is also given to the relationship the moon has with the 12 ruling signs of the zodiac.

More on signs of the Zodiac »

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