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6 Signs of a Horse Hoof Problem

By Bryan Farcus MA, CJF of “Farrier-Friendly” – A much-needed tune-up on your truck or used livestock trailer might be on your “must-do” list. Have you considered the possibility that avoiding …

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Buying a Horse Checklist: 11 Must-Know Tips

By Stan W. Caudell – When choosing a horse it is more important to choose the type of horse rather than the breed. Within almost every breed you will find …

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4 Homestead Kitchen Tips for the Visually Impaired

By Jackie Waters – My husband’s sister, who has been visually impaired since childhood, recently came to live with us. While we were excited to welcome her, we knew our …

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Farm Pond Maintenance to Prevent Winterkill

By Bob Robinson – Ponds and lakes in the northern United States have in the past experienced what I will term a “fish kill” related to lack of dissolved oxygen …

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DIY Airlift Pump Design: Pump Water with Compressed Air

By Clifford E. Jones – There is no reason to pay a lot of money for a water pump when this DIY airlift pump design will do all you want. The cost …

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A Wood Stove Hot Water Heater Heats Water for Free

By Patricia Greene – A good hot shower or bath is essential to everyone’s well-being. A shower or bath on a cold day with free hot water from your wood-burning …

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How to Use a Wood-Burning Cook Stove

When my companion and I began our 18-month transition period of moving to and living in the woods, we also began a period of education. We discussed and planned much. …

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How to Build a Homemade Barrel Stove

By W. Wayne Robertson – Many people are familiar with wood heaters made from steel barrels. This is a description of how to make a homemade barrel stove. An effort has been …

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How to Build an Inexpensive Outside Oven

By Donna Cerabone – Breads old-world style—crispy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside—are impossible to make in a standard oven. Many ethnic meals are only complete with …

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Masonry Stove Plans: An Ancient Art Re-Discovered

By Heike Holthaus – Much has been written about the construction of masonry stoves. Plans, materials and the finished products are as versatile as the masonry stove itself. Though originally meant to …

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10 Ways to Conserve Water

By Vicki and James Foster – The drought started the year we bought our homestead property. Experiencing a drought will quickly have you researching 10 ways to conserve water. Our property was …

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Build a Home Using Alternative Building Materials

By Charmaine R. Taylor — 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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Add Kerosene Lanterns to Your Off The Grid Living Supplies

By Jack Chapis If you’re like me, then you are proud to be part of your homestead heritage. I use oil lamps because of the soft nature of the light and …

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Many Opportunities for Marketing Lamb
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

Originally published in the November / December 2016 issue of sheep! magazine. By Gayle Smith – Unique opportunities are out there for marketing the annual lamb crop, but producers may need …

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Trials In Croppy Country, Getting Into The Game
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

Originally published in the September/October 2016 issue of sheep! magazine. By Julia Hollister The overflow crowd at the high school football field grew silent as the participants entered from opposite …

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