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Calving Success: How to Assist a Cow Giving Birth

The riskiest time in a calf’s life is being born. Several million calves in the United States and Canada are lost each year during birth or shortly after, and 45 percent of those deaths are because of dystocia (delayed or difficult birth).

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Raising British White Cattle for Flavorful Meat

From setting up on his own from scratch, “straight out of school and from virtually nothing,” Yorkshire, England, farmer Andrew Fisher has come a long way—and so have his British White cattle.

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Akaushi Cattle Provide a Delicious, Healthy Meat

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas – The word Akaushi means red cow in Japanese. Akaushi cattle were introduced to the U.S. in 1994. “This is the only free-grazing beef …

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What are Essential Oils?

Add to Favorites By Erin Oberlander, Certified Holistic Aromatherapist By now you have probably heard mention of essential oils even if you have not yet experienced them. However, with the …

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Barbados Blackbelly Sheep: Back From the Brink of Extinction
December 30, 2019 · · Sheep

In 2004, there were fewer than 100 Barbados Blackbelly sheep in the U.S.
It took a while for breeders to realize how critical the situation was: Most of us thought there were thousands of these sheep.

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Barking is the Language of Dogs

Barking is a language for all dogs, and livestock guardian dog (LGD) breeds are no exception. In fact, barking is an integral part of what LGDs do. It’s always done for a reason and a purpose.

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The Versatile Mint: Peppermint Plant Uses

Peppermint plant uses are endless; this versatile mint does a lot more than make a refreshing drink. Peppermint is indispensable in my herb garden and so vigorous I can pull handfuls up by the roots and it always comes back, as fresh as ever.

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Tractor Comparison: Thinking About Buying an Old Tractor for Your Homestead?

Add to Favorites By Ken Johnson – In the past 40 years or so, I have owned a few old tractors and liked most of them. When I was a teenager, I …

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Removing Porcupine Quills From Cattle

Removing porcupine quills from pets, cattle, and other livestock is an unpleasant task for everyone involved. 

The porcupine is a peaceful, timid rodent whose unique method of self-defense often causes grief to inquisitive animals.

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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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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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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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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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