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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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The Lamb Switch
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

By Judith Toth Bigham It was late March and lambing season was in full swing at Hado-Bar Farm. When I went to the barn early one morning to check the …

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The Texel Fix-All
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

By Tim King Texels are a white-faced breed of heavily muscled sheep that originated in the Netherlands. British shepherds became interested in the breed and started importing them from the …

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Breeding Sheep for a Hardy Flock
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

By Alethea Kenney When people call me asking about sheep, invariably we end up discussing hardiness. Sheep are often said to have a death wish, to be more sensitive to …

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Dead Ram Walking: Treating Sick Sheep Symptoms
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

By Laurie Ball-Gisch – One day the ram was walking around and looking totally healthy — the next day he was just standing under a tree with his head hanging down. …

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Inborn Worm Resistance In Lambs: How To Breed For It
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

Originally published in the July/August 2016 issue of sheep! magazine. By Tim King – “Parasite resistance in Katahdin hair sheep can be improved by selective breeding. That improved resistance in Katahdins …

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Herding Dog Trainers, Part One (Good, Bad & Thugly)
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

Originally published in the July/August 2016 issue of sheep! magazine. By Denice Rackley – There are many different ideas and approaches to training a herding dog. Some folks “specialize” (one breed). …

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Sheep Breeds That Pay Their Way
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

By Alan Harman – Karen Valley’s flock of 21 sheep, consisting of two sheep breeds (Shetland and colored Cormo cross ewes), tend to stay close to home during the winter. …

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Lambing Problems Can Arise From Abnormal Birth Positions
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

By Lyn Brown, Shear Perfection Ranch – Lambing is always an exciting time on the ranch, but it can also be a scary time for the first-time shepherd. What are the …

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