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Farm Pond Maintenance to Prevent Winterkill

Add to Favorites By Bob Robinson – Ponds and lakes in the northern United States have in the past experienced what I will term a “fish kill” related to lack …

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DIY Airlift Pump Design: Pump Water with Compressed Air

Add to Favorites By Clifford E. Jones – There is no reason to pay a lot of money for a water pump when this DIY airlift pump design will do all you …

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How to Use a Wood-Burning Cook Stove

Add to Favorites When my companion and I began our 18-month transition period of moving to and living in the woods, we also began a period of education. We discussed …

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How to Build a Homemade Barrel Stove

Add to Favorites By W. Wayne Robertson – Many people are familiar with wood heaters made from steel barrels. This is a description of how to make a homemade barrel stove. An …

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How to Build an Inexpensive Outside Oven

Add to Favorites By Donna Cerabone – Breads old-world style—crispy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside—are impossible to make in a standard oven. Many ethnic meals are …

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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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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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