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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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Diagnosing and Treating Hardware Disease in Cattle
August 26, 2019 · · 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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DIY Yellow Jacket Trap

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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. …

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

Add to Favorites 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! …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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14 Ways to Cut Costs on the Sheep Farm
May 12, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites By Marvin R. Gray – With spiraling sheep feed costs and unpredictable fuel prices, flockmasters raising sheep for profit are seeking ways to operate their flocks more profitably and efficiently. Here …

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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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