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
August 22, 2019 . · Pigs

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 used. Shelter, secure …

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How to Treat Foot Rot in Cattle, Goats, and Sheep
August 21, 2019 . · Homesteading

Thrush and an overgrowth of yeast are often behind a case of foot rot in cattle and other livestock. Foot rot in cattle and all livestock needs to be taken …

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Flystrike Treatment for Livestock and Poultry
August 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

Animals and flies seem to go hand in hand on a farm. So what is flystrike? If you have livestock, you most likely battle the common stable fly, and you’re …

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How Much Hay Does a Cow Eat?
August 12, 2019 . · Cattle

After you unload the first cattle onto your property, your next biggest concern will be how to keep up with the demand for food. Knowing a ballpark estimate of how …

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Raising Pigs for Profit
August 10, 2019 . · Pigs

Finding the best return on your investment when raising pigs for profit is the ultimate goal. Piglets are cute and fun to watch, but they grow quickly and require a …

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The Dorper Sheep: A Hardy Adaptable Breed
August 10, 2019 . · Sheep

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 of the Dorper …

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How Do Blueberries Grow?
August 10, 2019 . · Growing

How do blueberries grow in my garden when there seems to be so much stacked against them? For the last few years, I have been enjoying homegrown blueberries. Not an …

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Becoming a Shepherd
August 8, 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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Sheep Breeds for Fiber, Meat, or Dairy
August 6, 2019 . · Sheep

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, Dorset sheep, and …

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7 Pasture Pig Breeds for the Small Farm
August 5, 2019 . · Pigs

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 pigs intended for …

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How to Make a DIY Barrel Smoker
August 1, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Barbecue competitors know all about building a DIY barrel smoker. Smokers can be built from many different humble beginnings. These cookers are meant to prepare all different types of meat …

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Best Dairy Sheep Breeds for a Farm
July 28, 2019 . · Sheep

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. The milk yield …

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Castrating Pigs, Lambs, and Goat Kids
July 25, 2019 . · Pigs

Castrating pigs and other livestock is often done right on the farm. The supplies needed are found in a farm first aid box. Healing usually occurs without complication. When you …

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What to Feed Sheep for Prime Wool Production
July 19, 2019 . · Sheep

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. The sheep farmers …

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Dairy Farming Project Advice from Dairy Farm Owners
July 17, 2019 . · Cattle

What makes a farmer decide to begin a dairy farming project? For some, it is a strong history. The early mornings milking the herd, processing the milk for sale and …

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