Cattle

Dexter Cattle – The Ideal Family Cow
September 16, 2019 · · Cattle

Homesteading is about simplicity, self reliance, and doing as much as you can with as little as possible, always with an eye on the bottom line. So when it comes …

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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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Preventing and Treating Cattle Scours in Calves

By Heather Smith Thomas – The most common illness in young calves is cattle scours (diarrhea). There are many causes, including intestinal infection because of bacteria, viruses, or protozoa. Whether calves …

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Raising Highland Cattle for Beef

By Gloria Asmussen – “As cute as they look, that is as good as they taste.” That statement is something I live by. Raising Highland cattle since 1990 has not only …

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Choosing Dairy Cow Breeds for Your Farm
August 31, 2019 · · Cattle

Dairy cow breeds are numerous. How do we know the right breed for our farm or family situation? Milk production varies within dairy cow breeds. The content of milk fat …

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Diagnosing and Treating Hardware Disease in Cattle
August 26, 2019 · · Cattle

By Heather Smith Thomas – Cattle occasionally swallow foreign material such as pieces of wire chopped up by a baler. Hardware disease in cattle occurs when a sharp object penetrates …

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Artificial Insemination is No Bull (Literally)

By Kay Wolfe Most homesteaders dream of having their own cow to provide fresh milk and dairy products for the whole family. The challenge is, a milk cow must become pregnant …

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Removing Porcupine Quills From Cattle

By Heather Smith Thomas — 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 …

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Cattle Handling 101: Play it Safe

By Heather Smith Thomas – Most accidents with cattle handling occur when people don’t understand cattle behavior and are in the wrong place at the wrong time, or may be …

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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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Tips on Properly Giving Cattle Injections
August 7, 2019 · · Cattle

Cattle injections are often necessary — vaccines, antibiotics, injectable vitamins, scours, etc. These should always be administered properly to be effective, minimize residues in the meat if the animal will …

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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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Akaushi Cattle Provide a Delicious, Healthy Meat

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 cattle breed in …

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How to Create a Cattle Pasture for Optimum Flavor and Fat Cover in Grass-fed Beef
July 2, 2019 · · Cattle

With Spencer Smith – Creating the right blend of forages and grasses in a pasture to finish (fatten for slaughter) cattle is not as simple as turning the cattle out to …

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How to Start a Cattle Farm on Small Acreage
June 23, 2019 · · Cattle

Learning how to start a cattle farm throws you into the deep end of the homesteading pool. Cattle are large beasts and require strong fencing, water, grazing land or feed …

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