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Countryside Contributor

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Articles by Countryside Contributor

Shed or Pasture Lambing
March 17, 2020 · · Sheep

The muffled, deep Maaa of a ewe “talking” to her newborn lambs reaches my ears before I open the barn door. Newborn lambs nursing, tails whirling, makes walking to the barn on frigid mornings worthwhile.

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Tips for Successfully Raising Bottle Calves
March 16, 2020 · · Cattle

When raising cattle, you may encounter the challenge of a young calf orphaned or rejected by mama, needing a bottle from you.

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How to Build Your Own Rabbit Hutch (Diagrams)

 I recently saw a letter in Countryside and Small Stock Journal from a lady who was seeking plans for a rabbit hutch. After sending her the plans for my design, I realized that some of the other readers out there may find it useful as well.

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The Shocking Truth About Electric Fencing for Sheep

People have mixed feelings about the use of electric fencing for sheep and other livestock. For people unfamiliar with them, the word “electric fence” conjures up images of a well-done corpse hanging off a prison fence.

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Diagnosing and Treating Hardware Disease in Cattle
February 24, 2020 · · Cattle

Cattle occasionally swallow foreign material such as pieces of wire chopped up by a baler. Hardware disease in cattle occurs when a sharp object penetrates the gut lining and damages some other organ or creates peritonitis (infection within the abdomen).

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Avoid Lambing Problems with This First Aid Contents Checklist
February 23, 2020 · · Sheep

Most of the time when you have lambing problems or experience a sheep illness emergency, the vet and local livestock supply stores are closed for the weekend, and sheep farm and ranch specialties dealers are days away by mail.

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Cooking with the Sun
February 16, 2020 · · Homesteading

Do you enjoy cooking outdoors? Then stretch those outdoor living skills by cooking with solar energy.

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Heritage Sheep Breeds: Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em
February 16, 2020 · · Sheep

Heritage sheep are rare, but their wool is special. The Livestock Conservancy’s new Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em project is focusing fiber artists on using rare breed wool and yarns to draw attention to their unusual and fine qualities.

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Build a Home Using Alternative Building Materials
February 16, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Building a self-sustaining home or structure is a wonderful concept that can be put into practice by anyone looking to create shelter for man or animal.

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When Limping is Not a Sign of Sheep Foot Rot
February 15, 2020 · · Sheep

Don’t you just love how sheep keep teaching us what we never knew we needed to know? The past lambing season was one in which I got an advanced education in “Sheep Feet 101.”

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Detecting and Treating Lump Jaw in Cattle
January 27, 2020 · · Cattle

Lump jaw in cattle is a bacterial infection of the jawbone. Bacteria are often present in the mouth of cattle, so anything that punctures the mouth tissues may open the way for infection, which can lead to lump jaw.

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Weaning Pasture Piglets
January 24, 2020 · · Pigs

The time frame for weaning pasture piglets varies from breed to breed. Not all breeds of pasture pigs mature at the same rate.

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Poultry, Goat, Sheep, Swine, and Cow Gestation Calculator

Where can you find an all-in-one lambing calculator that also works to factor a pig’s gestation period and a cow’s pregnancy length? Here!

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The Beautiful Black Welsh Mountain Sheep
January 17, 2020 · · Sheep

A remarkable characteristic the Black Welsh Mountain sheep, at least within our flock, is that they are happy to cooperate and very glad to do what we’d like them to do.

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Early Spring Vegetables List: Don’t Wait on Winter Waning
January 15, 2020 · · Growing

The snow is melting and daytime temperatures are calling you outside. Leaf buds swell on trees and your hands long to feel the soil once again.

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