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DIY Fence Installation and Maintenance on the Homestead

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas – When building a new fence, you need to consider whether to go with DIY fence installation or hire it to be done. Probably …

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Raising Highland Cattle for Beef

Add to Favorites By Gloria Asmussen – “As cute as they look, that is as good as they taste.” That statement is something I live by. Raising Highland cattle since 1990 …

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An Academic (and Organic) Approach to the Mulefoot Hog
November 25, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites By Cherie Dawn Haas – When Bill Landon and Sharyn Jones, of Pleasant Ridge Hamlets in Kentucky, chose to branch into the unknown and begin raising the Mulefoot …

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Homestead Heritage: Bringing Thanksgiving Back to the Farm

This year, when you go around the dinner table to share what you’re thankful for, consider your dinner plate and how it was influenced by the homestead heritage.

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KuneKune Pigs: A Hardy Homestead Breed
November 19, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites Kathy Petersen – KuneKune pigs are making their way into small scale farming operations across the country. You may ask yourself what makes these pigs so special …

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Using and Seasoning Cast Iron Pans

Add to Favorites By Paul Wheaton & Suzy Bean – Cooking with cast iron has many benefits. There are a few rules to follow however in order for your cookware to last. …

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Hybrid vs. Heirloom Seeds

Add to Favorites By Jean Smith – I am a diehard for plants grown from heirloom seeds, and I save most of my own seeds for our farm. I thought now …

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A Guide to How to Butcher a Pig
November 11, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites By Roger Sherfield – The hardest part of getting that homestead hog from pen to freezer is the part that most people don’t like to talk about: —harvesting. …

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All About Ankole Watusi Cattle

Add to Favorites By Klaire Bruce, Missouri – Ankole Watusi are known as the “Cattle of Kings.” Their unmistakably large horns can spear a lion. The tribes of Africa that …

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Watering Cattle in Winter

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas — Watering cattle in winter is crucial. During cold weather, ranchers need to pay attention to water sources to make sure they don’t freeze. …

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A DIY Mobile Sheep Shelter

Add to Favorites By Carole West – Do you really need a barn for small livestock? This was a question I pondered before we acquired sheep. I came to the realization …

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Raising Meat Rabbits Economically

Add to Favorites By Dennis Douthart – Rabbits make delicious eating! Plus, raising meat rabbits is relatively easy, and if you shop around for bargains, the materials needed for raising meat …

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How to Repel Rats, Mice, Skunks, and Other Interlopers

Add to Favorites By Cheryl K. Smith – We’re not the only ones that want to spend our time indoors. Rats, mice, skunks, and other furry interlopers are busy finding their …

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KuneKunes: The Pigs That Smile Back
October 17, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites By Jill J Easton – Are you looking for pigs you can live with and enjoy, but that will also provide delectable table fare? Consider KuneKunes. These heritage …

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Silvopasture Explained

Add to Favorites By Mel Dickinson – Silvopasture, also known as agroforestry, is a farming method that includes the use of timber, livestock, and forage together in the same section …

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