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Farmers' Almanac's Best Days for Farm/Animals
August 18 to October 16

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.

September 2019

September 4th
Castrate Farm Animals
September 5th
Castrate Farm Animals
September 6th
Castrate Farm Animals
September 7th
Castrate Farm Animals
September 8th
Castrate Farm Animals
September 9th
Castrate Farm Animals
September 10th
Castrate Farm Animals
September 11th
Castrate Farm Animals
September 12th
Castrate Farm Animals
September 13th
Castrate Farm Animals
September 14th
Slaughter
September 15th
Slaughter
September 16th
Slaughter

October 2019

October 10th
Castrate Farm Animals
October 11th
Castrate Farm Animals
October 13th
Slaughter
October 14th
Slaughter
October 15th
Slaughter
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 »

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1919, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.

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