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Ketosis And The Family Cow

Add to Favorites By Kay Wolfe, Texas If you have a family milk cow, chances are you have experienced ketosis or you will. Ketosis is a metabolic disorder that affects …

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Safely Castrating Calves

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas The best age and method for castrating calves may vary, depending on your situation. Some stockmen feel that a calf should be allowed to …

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Beef Composites and Breed Definition

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas — Today we frequently hear the terms crossbred, hybrid, composite, synthetic—when referring to breed definition—and we often wonder exactly what these terms mean. Some …

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The Joy of Raising Highland Cattle

Add to Favorites Story & Photos By Tom Fuller – Cattle have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and Highland cattle are by far …

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The Best Approach to Milking Cows is Consistency

Add to Favorites By John Hibma – What could be more satisfying, more rewarding than owning your own cow? Milking cows yields milk daily for your table. You could make your own …

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How to Tube Feed a Calf

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas – There are times you must get fluid into a newborn calf that needs colostrum or a sick calf that needs fluid and …

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Raising Piglets: Ensuring Your Little Ones Are Born Safely
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

Springtime! The time of rebirth, awakening, and babies! For those of us raising piglets, this is a time of little ones running through the fields and nursing in the sunshine.

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Free Range Pig Farming on the Homestead
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites By Al Doyle – With free-range pig farming, you’ll be raising your own high-quality meat. Like other home-raised food products, meat from a homestead hog is far superior …

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How to Make Hog Head Cheese
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites Don’t make the mistake of thinking pigs produce only chops, bacon and ham. You can also make hog head cheese. When raising pigs for meat, you’ll get many other products …

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Tips on How to Raise a Pig for Meat
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites By Todd Quinn – I never thought I would raise my own pig, but as Thomas Jefferson once said, “I am an old man, but a new …

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Raising Pigs for Meat in Your Own Backyard
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites By Kay Wolfe – There was a time when every rural household had a pig or two they were “fattening” for the winter. In just one generation, …

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Pig Pointers: Pig Farming for Beginners
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites By Samuel E. Ledsworth – These pointers are useful to homesteaders interested in raising pigs for meat, especially those seeking guidance on pig farming for beginners. Buy two or three feeder …

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How to Make a Homemade Pig Waterer
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites By Leo Muller – I would like to share with readers how I was able to make a homemade pig waterer for my feeder pigs without the use …

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5 Tips for How to Breed Rabbits

Add to Favorites By Kelly Dietsch – My love of rabbits began at a young age. I can remember my first rabbit, a gray buck I named Wiggles. A few …

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Raising Rabbits for Meat (They’re Quieter Than Chickens)

Add to Favorites Last summer I bought a breeding pair of California rabbits from a local farm in order to begin raising rabbits for meat. I intended to raise them …

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