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11 Fly Deterrent Tips for Effective Pasture Management

Add to Favorites By Ken Scharabok – Flies can bother livestock to the point they become stressed and growth or overall health is affected. Fly deterrent strategies probably follow the 20/80 rule (20 …

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sheep! May/June 2019
April 26, 2019 · · Sheep

Sheep! May/June 2019. Calley Oak Wool Mill; Pirc’s Profit Plan; Drill Gun Rug Making; and Much More!

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sheep! March/April 2019
March 18, 2019 · · Sheep

Here’s what you’ll find in the March / April print issue of sheep! magazine! Subscribe so you never miss another issue.

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Making Money with Goat Milk Soap
March 15, 2019 · · Soapmaking

Add to Favorites By Heather Hicks — We didn’t plan to have a soap business, in fact, I didn’t plan for dairy goats! Some of life’s best adventures are from following your children’s lead …

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IPM: An Ideal Approach to Natural Pest Control in Gardens and Farms

Add to Favorites By John Hibma – Pests and diseases are an unavoidable reality in agriculture. In this immensely diverse biosystem that we call Earth, humans must share with other …

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Natural Pest Control for Gardens and Farmsteads

Add to Favorites By John Blum – An “ecosystem” can be very large or very small. The (ecological) system needed to support a colony of bacteria may be a pound of …

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Owning a Horse 101

Add to Favorites If you are new to country living and are just beginning to look for a horse, it is probably time to take a long and honest look …

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6 Signs of a Horse Hoof Problem

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Buying a Horse Checklist: 11 Must-Know Tips

Add to Favorites 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 …

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4 Homestead Kitchen Tips for the Visually Impaired

Add to Favorites 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, …

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Farm Pond Maintenance to Prevent Winterkill

Add to Favorites 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 …

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DIY Airlift Pump Design: Pump Water with Compressed Air

Add to Favorites 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 …

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How to Use a Wood-Burning Cook Stove

Add to Favorites 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 …

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How to Build a Homemade Barrel Stove

Add to Favorites 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 …

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How to Build an Inexpensive Outside Oven

Add to Favorites 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 …

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