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A Glimpse at Simple Homesteading Life in the 1800s

Add to Favorites 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 …

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The Top 5 Farm Implements List for Homesteading

Add to Favorites One of, if not the most useful thing any farmer or homesteader owns, is a tractor. Speaking from someone who has always owned a tractor of some …

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Homesteading For A Living

Add to Favorites By Kenny Coogan “Our original goal was to produce as much of our own food as possible,” Landis Spickerman, 53, of High Bridge, Wisconsin, says. She and her husband Steven, …

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Prevent Sheep Bloat by Managing Your Flock
May 17, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites By Laurie Ball-Gisch – “What does a bloated sheep look like?” was the question on the phone late Sunday evening. The question brought back some nightmarish images …

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Raising Sheep for Meat – Flavor-Based Success

Add to Favorites By Alan Harman – Raising sheep for meat that are from the “land of fire and ice,” Barb Gunness’ flock of Icelandic sheep are right at home …

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14 Ways to Cut Costs on the Sheep Farm
May 12, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites By Marvin R. Gray – With spiraling sheep feed costs and unpredictable fuel prices, flockmasters raising sheep for profit are seeking ways to operate their flocks more profitably and efficiently. Here …

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Remote Simplifies DIY Electric Fence Maintenance

Add to Favorites One morning when my husband and I went out to feed and milk our Nubian goats, we were horrified to discover the bucks paying an unscheduled visit …

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11 Fly Deterrent Tips for Effective Pasture Management

Add to Favorites By Ken Scharabok – Flies can bother livestock to the point they become stressed and growth or overall health is affected. Fly deterrent strategies probably follow the 20/80 rule (20 …

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Building Planter Boxes for Strawberries

Add to Favorites By Sue Robishaw – It wasn’t that the old chicken wire covers we’d constructed five years ago didn’t work, they did. I had an idea for building …

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Raising Miniature Goats, Cows, Chickens, and Sheep
May 2, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites What is driving the recent trend in raising miniature goats, cows, chickens, and other livestock? As more people move toward a simpler way of life, and are …

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A Complete Guide to How to Compost at Home

Add to Favorites By Frederick C. Michel, Jr., Joe E. Heimlich, & Harry A. J. Hoitink – If you are interested in learning how to compost at home, here is some …

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How to Shear a Sheep and Other Fiber Animals
April 29, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites Learning how to shear a sheep takes practice and time. Before you head out to buy sheep shearing supplies try to observe a professional sheep shearer and …

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Preventing Unwarranted Aggression in Livestock Guardian Dogs

Add to Favorites By Mary Jane Oelke For many years I kept registered French Alpine milk goats and along with this endeavor, I acquired a Great Pyrenees livestock guard dog. …

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Working Like A Dog

Add to Favorites By Kenny Coogan For hundreds of years, dogs have worked with humans in mutually beneficial relationships. Historically and presently, dogs help us hunt, protect our homes, kill vermin …

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A Field Guide to Common Owl Species
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Many of us have resident owls on our farm and wonder what kind of owl species we are hosting. This field guide shows identifying features and behaviors …

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