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The Jersey Cow: Milk Production for the Small Homestead
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

By Ken Scharabok – For those who only need one or two milk cows for the family and aren’t interested in large-scale dairy cow farming, one dairy cow breed in particular seems …

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Belfair Miniature Cattle: A Small, All-Around Breed
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

Belfair miniature cattle are the first dual-purpose miniature cattle developed in America. Developed by Tracy Teed of Conway, Washington, Belfair cattle are 50% Jersey, from high test Jersey cows bred to a small 35” Dexter bull, developed for the small acreage farmer who wants a small family milk cow which will also produce a good beef calf for the locker.

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Diagnosing and Treating Hardware Disease in Cattle
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

By Heather Smith Thomas – 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 …

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Adventures with Miniature Cattle
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

By Betty Foreman Washington – About two years ago, I started reading about miniature cattle. I was impressed by their grass-to-meat ratios and the feed requirements; I was also swayed mightily by the essential …

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Your Guide to Dairy and Beef Cattle Breeds
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

By Heather Smith Thomas – There are so many cattle breeds and crosses that it’s hard to know which ones to choose when researching how to start a cattle farm. …

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Why Raise Miniature Cattle?
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

By Professor Richard Gradwohl Washington – As 100-500-acre family farms continue to disappear, the small acreage family homestead farm is becoming more common. Miniature cattle breeds are particularly well-suited to these …

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How to Build Your Own Rabbit Hutch (Diagrams)
February 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

By Jaynelle Louvierre – I recently saw a letter in Countryside and Small Stock Journal from a lady who was seeking plans for a rabbit hutch. After sending her the plans for my design, …

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What to Feed Meat Rabbits
February 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

By Charlcie Gill, Zodiac Rabbitry – I read with interest Mary Kilmer’s article “Gleanings from Woodland Rabbitry” (Countryside – Volume 88/2). I have been breeding and raising rabbits for meat for 38 years, …

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Growing Sweet Basil: Don’t Let Good Basil Go Bad
February 13, 2019 . · Growing

Do you have any experience growing sweet basil? I’ve had a lot of success in growing herbs outdoors, but growing basil has always been our most successful crop. It’s also …

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How to Make Lip Balm at Home
February 13, 2019 . · Soapmaking

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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Making Herb Salts and Garlic Oil: Recipes for Imperfect Harvests
February 13, 2019 . · Growing

When insects attack your growing basil or your garlic doesn’t grow to a desired size, don’t worry, you can still make delicious infused garlic oil recipes and salts with your imperfect herbs. …

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A Hand Spinner’s Primer Using Suffolk Sheep Wool
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

By Leigh Dudenhoeffer – I’m a fiber artist who is educated in almost all of the needle arts. I’ve been spinning wool since I was about 10 years old (I’m …

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Why Teach Classes on How to Knit, Spin, Weave or Felt
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

By Tim King – Teaching classes on how to knit, spin, weave or felt can be a way for the small flock master to develop markets and customers for wool products. Some …

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Learn How to Felt Wool for Fun or Profit
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

By Robyn Scherer – Sculpting is an art form that takes time, skill, and an attention to detail. Usually, people think of sculpting as an art form using clay or stone. However, …

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