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Countryside Contributor

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Articles by Countryside Contributor

Are Rams Dangerous? Not With Proper Management.
September 20, 2019 · · Sheep

By Laurie Ball-Gisch, The Lavender Fleece – Many people who are interested in keeping sheep hesitate because they have heard that rams are dangerous and hard to keep. So, are rams …

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Homesteaders of America 15% Off
September 16, 2019 · · Partner Perks

15% off — Homesteaders of America

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Dexter Cattle – The Ideal Family Cow
September 16, 2019 · · Cattle

Homesteading is about simplicity, self reliance, and doing as much as you can with as little as possible, always with an eye on the bottom line. So when it comes …

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Tips To Help Homeowners Prepare For A Natural Disaster
September 11, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Knowing beforehand what to do when a natural disaster hits is pivotal.

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How to Pick a Good Used Livestock Trailer

By Hope Holland – There are lots of fancy trailers out there on the market for those of you who are going out solely to horse shows or trail rides, but, …

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Diagnosing and Treating Hardware Disease in Cattle
August 26, 2019 · · Cattle

By Heather Smith Thomas – 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 …

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Adding New Dogs Into an Existing Livestock Guardian Dog Pack
August 17, 2019 · · Sheep

Many operators incorrectly start their LGD experience by purchasing, training, and using just one dog at a time. They usually find out sooner than later, they should have bought two dogs or more to start. To be used successfully as guardians of livestock, LGDs should be run in pairs or more.

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DIY Yellow Jacket Trap

Imagine it’s noontime on the farm and your family is ready to enjoy a great lunch outside. The plates are full and the view is postcard gorgeous. But, oh no! They are back!  Not those pesky neighbors, but a swarm of hungry yellow jackets ready to …

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The Shocking Truth About Electric Fencing for Sheep

By John Kirchhoff – 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 …

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How to Add Calcium to Soil
July 10, 2019 · · Growing

By Ken Scharabok – Ensuring your soils have an adequate level of available calcium should be an essential part of your field fertilization practices for several reasons. Here’s why and …

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sheep! July/August 2019
June 26, 2019 · · Sheep

Features• Wooly Weeders, “Bye-bye Fire Risk; Hello Gourmet Joy!”• Annika Bobb, Future of the Business• When Friendly Forages Turn Toxic, Causes & How to Prep• The Future is in Wool! How Many Ways …

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How to Make Lip Balm at Home

One of the neatest things about having a desire to be as independent as possible is the many things you learn to do on your own. And come those cold winter days, you’ll be happy to know how to make lip balm at home.

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Detecting and Treating Lump Jaw in Cattle
June 9, 2019 · · Cattle

By Heather Smith Thomas — 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 …

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Tips for Successfully Raising Bottle Calves
May 24, 2019 · · Cattle

By Heather Smith Thomas – When raising cattle, you may encounter the challenge of a young calf orphaned or rejected by mama, needing a bottle from you. If you purchase a …

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Prevent Sheep Bloat by Managing Your Flock
May 17, 2019 · · Sheep

By Laurie Ball-Gisch – “What does a bloated sheep look like?” was the question on the phone late Sunday evening. The question brought back some nightmarish images to my mind …

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