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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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The Shocking Truth About Electric Fencing for Sheep

By John Kirchhoff – People have mixed feelings about the use of electric fencing for sheep and other livestock. For people unfamiliar with them, the word “electric fence” conjures up images …

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How to Make a Cheap Greenhouse

By Jay Rodgers – Two years ago I began to experiment with an idea that was spawned from the pages of Countryside and Small Stock Journal. Someone wrote an article detailing …

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DIY Grey Water System for an Off-Grid Homestead
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

This simple DIY grey water system is such a great way to recycle precious water while saving lots of money! When I moved into my partner’s owner-built, off-grid homestead in …

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Rain Water Harvesting: It’s a Good Idea (Even if You Have Running Water)
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

By Wayne Robertson – In my grandparents’ day, rain water harvesting was one of the best ways of conserving water. My grandmother collected rainwater in a barrel at the corner of the …

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The Importance of Conservation Easements
February 25, 2019 . · Homesteading

Story and photos by Karin Deneke – How can we protect our productive land and open space from the never-ending encroachment by urban sprawl, especially prime farmland on the fringes …

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The Benefits of Deep Mulch Gardening
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

By Willene Overfelt – I got tired of having to wait for the ground to dry out to be worked in spring and decided to try deep mulch gardening. I would …

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How to Add Calcium to Soil
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

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. Here’s why and …

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