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

Pink Eye in Sheep: Treat or Let it Run its Course?
March 14, 2019 . · Sheep

During show season, pink eye in sheep can be a common livestock issue. Small ruminants easily transmit pink eye from one animal to the next. This highly contagious bacteria is …

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Recognize Signs of Parvo in Your Dog
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

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 susceptible to a …

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What is Parvo in Dogs?
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

What is parvo in dogs? Should you be concerned about this disease if you are raising a farm dog? Canine parvovirus is actually an extremely fast-acting and deadly virus. When …

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Is a Livestock Guardian Dog the Right Choice?
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Using a livestock guardian dog dates back more than 2,000 years. Dogs bred for the purpose of protecting livestock from predators and thieves were necessary when nomadic people roamed thousands of …

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Dairy Farming Project Advice from Dairy Farm Owners
March 14, 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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How Bot Fly Larvae Affect Livestock and Farm Income
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Bot fly larvae are a disruptive, destructive threat to your livestock and not something you or the animals want to deal with during the summer months. The bot fly will lay …

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Treating a Dog Paw Pad Injury
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

A dog paw pad injury can come from many types of mishaps. Scrapes, cuts, punctures, blisters, and burns are some of the ways a dog paw pad injury can present. A …

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How to Treat Foot Rot in Cattle, Goats, and Sheep
March 14, 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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Wool-Yielding Animals for Yarn and Fiber
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

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 wool-yielding animals, including …

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How to Raise a Barn Cat Right
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

It’s a tale as old as time. Cats go with barns. Our hard working barn cats are essential as a natural way to get rid of mice. Not only do they …

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Simple Homesteading – How to Start Successfully
March 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

Starting a new homestead can be an overwhelming experience. We start out full of hopes and vision. We look for a better quality of life through simple homesteading. Then the …

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Hair Sheep Breeds – The Right Choice for You?
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

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 ideal animal for …

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Best Dairy Sheep Breeds for a Farm
March 13, 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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Try Suffolk Sheep for Meat and Wool on the Farm
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

Suffolk sheep were first recognized in 1797 in sheep breed books. Since 1888, the Suffolk sheep have traveled to new continents and become a staple of American and Canadian sheep …

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The Dorper Sheep: A Hardy Adaptable Breed
March 13, 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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