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Raising Lamb for Meat and Selling it at the Farmers Market
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

By Matthew Ernst – Nikki and Scott Royer took on the duty of managing her family’s 125–acre farm in Clinton, Indiana, in 2000, after Nikki’s father’s untimely death. “My parents had …

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Avoid Lambing Problems with This First Aid Contents Checklist
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

By Nathan Griffith – Most of the time when you have lambing problems or experience a sheep illness emergency, the vet and local livestock supply stores are closed for the …

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Facts About Lambing With Hair Sheep Breeds
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

By Bill Hoag – Through the years I’ve learned that ewes of hair sheep breeds generally are excellent mothers and easy natural lambers. These facts and tips for how to raise sheep …

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Rigged Sheep Hand Shears: Two-Pack for Two Jobs
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

By Nathan Griffith – We got a two-pack of fully rigged Rosa-brand sheep hand shears in April, reportedly made in South Africa, sent to us by Allen Gemmell of New …

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When Limping is Not a Sign of Sheep Foot Rot
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

By Laurie Ball-Gisch – Don’t you just love how sheep keep teaching us what we never knew we needed to know? The past lambing season was one in which I …

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Sheep Giving Birth: Tips for Successful Lambing
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

By Laurie Ball-Gisch — Over the past 12 lambing seasons, the main thing the sheep giving birth has taught me is that every season will bring a new lesson. I’ll never …

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Cider Vinegar to Treat White Muscle Disease
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

By Laurie Ball-Gisch – The summer of 2002 was the first time I encountered White Muscle Disease in our flock of purebred Icelandic sheep. It affected two ewes I had …

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Wondering What to Feed Sheep? How about Field Corn!
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

By Kimberly Thimmig – If you’re wondering what to feed sheep to save a little money and reduce waste on your homesteading land, then let me tell you a story about …

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Raise Meat Sheep Breeds to Boost Profits
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

By Dr. Elizabeth Ferraro – There is a growing trend today away from the very large sheep ranches specializing in meat sheep breeds toward an increasing number of small independent …

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Raising Sheep For Profit: A Cattle Man’s View
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

By Thayne Mackey – Sheep are a wonderful little beast. They provide food, fiber and all manner of agitation. This keeps the blood flowing and the arteries from clogging. I …

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Secrets of Raising Katahdin Sheep
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

By John Kirchhoff – For many people, mentioning hair sheep evokes either “I wouldn’t have anything else” or a “No way would I have them” response. My wife and I feel …

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Raising Sheep For Profit: How to Sell Raw Fleece
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

By Bonnie Sutten – When I first started raising sheep for profit, raw fleece sales were on the bottom of my priority list. I thought that if I was raising …

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Raising Sheep: Buying and Caring for Your First Flock
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

By Marvin R. Gray – So you’ve moved to the country and have been thinking about raising sheep on your five or 10 acres. Perhaps you have only limited livestock experience, but …

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How to Grow Peppers and Varieties to Try
March 1, 2019 . · Growing

By Jim Hunter – Unknown in the old world before Columbus, capsicums were brought to Europe by the Spaniards. Then their cultivation spread across the globe. Today, people in every corner …

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How to Keep a Pumpkin From Rotting so it Lasts All Season
March 1, 2019 . · Growing

By Drea Damara – I used to run a produce business and this time of year as people searched our stock for the pumpkins they chose to take home, they …

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