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Burdock Slivers Can Cause Eye Irritations

By Heather Smith Thomas — Eye problems in livestock and horses can be caused by foreign material in the eye, and one of the most challenging problems is burdock slivers. Burrs from …

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The Biology of the Rumen

By John Hibma – Ruminants have a special function in our world’s complex ecosystem. They consume grasses grown in pastures and on rangeland along with fibrous shrubs and weeds, leaves on …

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Understanding Laminitis in Horses

Heather Smith Thomas Laminitis in horses is a very treatable condition but it’s important to detect it in its early stages. Laminitis is the term for inflammation of the laminae. …

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Diagnosing Snakebite Symptoms in Horses and Livestock

By Heather Smith Thomas – It’s important to know the various snakebite symptoms in case you need to take action in a quick manner. Horses and cattle are sometimes bitten …

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Horse Hoof Abscess Treatment

By Heather Smith Thomas – Your horse is suddenly lame, with heat and swelling above the hoof. These signs might mean an abscess — a pocket of infection putting pressure …

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Starting a Petting Zoo Business

By Angela von Weber-Hahnsberg Have you ever thought of starting a petting zoo business? Have you ever smiled at the sight of a teen’s cool facade vanishing, as they tentatively …

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Foot and Mouth Disease: What You Need to Know

By John Hibma, Connecticut – Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is a highly contagious, viral disease that infects cloven-hoofed animals. All ruminants, including cows, meat and dairy goats, sheep, and deer as …

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Poop for Profit? How to Sell Manure

By Mary O’Malley, Honeysuckle Farm, Silver Spring, Md. Learning how to sell manure can turn an unpleasant byproduct into more than garden gold. When people decide to raise sheep, they’re …

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How to Start Keeping Donkeys on the Homestead

By Anita B. Stone – When you think of keeping donkeys, the first thing that comes to mind is big ears, a comical, rusty, door-hinge bray, and a short whiskbroom …

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Shoo Flies from Livestock

By Alexis Griffee As you know, every farm needs to have a pest control program in place, as flies can be far more than just an annoyance. They can be an …

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Silvopasture Explained

Silvopasture, also known as agroforestry, is a farming method that includes the use of timber, livestock, and forage together in the same section of land. It is used to expand …

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We Prepare, But We Are Not Preppers

By Lori Davis, New York Because we raise our own food and run an organic farm, we are often asked if we are “preppers”. This often comes from people who’ve …

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Key Words in the Country

By Marshall Nych, Pennsylvania Key words are just as the name implies, letters arranged in discerning order, the character of their teeth divulging specific meaning. Do be careful. Depending on …

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Basics of Photographing Your Homestead

By Alexis Griffee, Florida Whether you are trying to sell a gallon of milk or a goat, quality photography sells products and connects you with your clients like no other marketing …

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Property Site Planning Around the Sun

Story & Photos By Ben Hoffman, Maine Many years ago, I borrowed a book from a landscape architect and remember a paragraph in the preface about how the prairie dog …

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