animal-husbandry

Barbados Blackbelly Sheep: Back From the Brink of Extinction
September 8, 2019 · · Sheep

By Carol Elkins, Founder Consortium of Barbados Blackbelly Sheep Breeders In 2004, there were fewer than 100 Barbados Blackbelly sheep in the U.S. It took a while for breeders to …

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How Smart are Pigs?
August 23, 2019 · · Pigs

Pig intelligence studies reveal how smart are pigs and how their perspective requires consideration when handling and housing them.

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A Glimpse at Simple Homesteading Life in the 1800s

By Kathy Belt – In the September/October 2012 issue of Countryside, a reader wanted to know what homesteading life in the 1800s was like. Here’s my reply. I am a bit of a …

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Help Your Animals Adjust to New Homesteading Land
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

You’ve made the successful move to your new homesteading land. The hardest part is behind you, but how are your animals coping? Moving to a new home is hard for people …

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Why You Should KISS Emergency Preparedness

By Patrice Lewis, Idaho How many of you are confident the economy is solid, your employment is secure, the value of the dollar is sound and the power grid is permanent? …

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Homesteading Tips for Self-Sufficient Farm Living
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Self-sufficient farm living means different things to each homesteader. The first thing to come to mind for me is a manual kitchen tools list. Of course necessary homesteading skills are …

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Jobs Created Within Homesteading Communities
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Homesteading communities make a difference. From hobby farmers cherishing idyllic lifestyles to families who have ranched hundreds of acres for generations, each piece of actively managed homesteading land benefits the local …

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Fighting to Save a Homestead Heritage in Salmon, Idaho
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Nestled in an isolated river valley, Lemhi County’s homestead heritage hadn’t changed much in a century. Sacajawea, Shoshone guide for the Lewis and Clark expedition, was born there. Pioneers first …

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Spit in the Wind Sheep Farm

By Alan Harman On a perfect Michigan spring day under clear blue skies you can’t miss them — Polypay lambs running around tree-lined lush green fields, or bleating for their …

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Dual Coat Dynamics in Sheep

By Jacqueline Harp In the past, the history, legends and myths of many cultures pointed to dual-coated sheep as a key to survival — and as the backbone of whole …

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Shannon Creek Ranch

By Alan Harman Deep in the heart of cattle country, Joseph Hubbard, at age 30 a 20-year sheep-producing veteran, is helping groom a new breed of sheep producers. Unit manager …

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Beef Cattle Farming for Beginners
February 19, 2019 · · Cattle

The Livestock Book by W. R. Thompson and John McKinney, 1952, was intended as an introductory/overview of the potential of raising livestock as a career. Its sections on pasture, beef, …

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