About the Author

Janet Garman

Janet Garman is a farmer, writer, instructor, and fiber artist living in central Maryland on the family's farm. She loves all subjects related to small farms and homesteading. Raising chickens, ducks, sheep, and fiber goats led her to write her most recent books, 50 Do it Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens, (Skyhorse Publishing 2018) and The Good Living Guide to Raising Sheep and Other Fiber Animals, (Skyhorse Publishing -February 2019)
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Articles by Janet Garman

6 Pig Farming Equipment Essentials for Your Farm
December 14, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites There are not a lot of must-have pig farming equipment items for homestead hog raising. Besides the infrastructure needed for almost any livestock, other tools are rarely …

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7 Pasture Pig Breeds for the Small Farm
December 10, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites Raising pasture pig breeds is talked about frequently in farming discussions. Not too far back in agrarian history, pasture pig breeds were more common. Keeping a few …

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Becoming a Shepherd
December 3, 2019 · · Sheep

Shepherding has been part of humanity for thousands of years. And I was drawn to this lifestyle. I do not come from a background of shepherding. My family roots are deep …

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Recognize Signs of Parvo in Your Dog
November 21, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Quickly recognizing signs of parvo in your dog greatly increases his chance of full recovery from this fast spreading virus. Any unvaccinated puppy or mature dog is …

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The Dorper Sheep: A Hardy Adaptable Breed
November 16, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites Would you like to raise Dorper sheep, one of the fastest growing breeds in the United States and many other countries? There is good reason for the popularity …

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Hampshire Pig for Meat and Breeding
November 15, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites The Hampshire pig is recognized easily by the wide white belt that continues down the front legs on a black hog. The Hampshire pig is the fourth …

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Sheep Breeds for Fiber, Meat, or Dairy
November 13, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites There are numerous sheep breeds in the world and raising sheep serves many purposes. Some sheep breeds lend themselves to provide the whole range of products, Rambouillet sheep, …

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Cattle Shed Design for a Small Herd
November 11, 2019 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

Add to Favorites The lure of the wide open range and the romance of ranching may entice you to search cattle breeds and cattle shed design ideas. You live on the east …

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Best Dairy Sheep Breeds for a Farm
November 1, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites There are a few dairy sheep breeds you could add to your farm. The East Friesian sheep is considered the best breed of dairy sheep by researchers. …

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A Pig Feeding Guide for Raising Hogs
October 30, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites Many times the only pig feeding guide you can find states that pigs can eat everything. While this may be true, pigs shouldn’t necessarily eat everything. Most …

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Hair Sheep Breeds – The Right Choice for You?
October 29, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites Hair sheep breeds are growing in popularity as consumers look for economical ways to raise homestead meat animals. Hair breeds have many positive traits that make them an …

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What to Feed Sheep for Prime Wool Production
October 23, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites A large part of raising wool animals is knowing what to feed sheep in order to obtain good quality wool. Feeding choices will vary from place to place. …

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Wool-Yielding Animals for Yarn and Fiber
October 20, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Yarn weights are considerations when deciding which fiber breed or species to raise for your yarn. Wool, fleece, and fiber can be harvested from a number of …

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How to Start Raising Pigs on Pasture
October 16, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites The latest project here on our farm is raising pigs on pasture. In the last year and a half, seven litters of piglets have arrived, showed off …

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8 Pig Diseases the Small Producer Should Know
October 6, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites While pigs are generally a hardy livestock to raise, you should be aware of certain pig diseases and how to proceed, should your pig become ill. Pigs …

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