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Masonry Stove Plans: An Ancient Art Re-Discovered

Add to Favorites 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 …

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10 Ways to Conserve Water

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Build a Home Using Alternative Building Materials

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Add Kerosene Lanterns to Your Off The Grid Living Supplies

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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The Lamb Switch
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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. …

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

Add to Favorites 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. …

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