animals

Backyard Bugs: Identifying Insects for Good
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Creep, nuisance, vermin, trouble, and costly are synonymous when identifying insects. It’s a shame, too, because without insects, our world would be very different. Yes, we may …

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Humanely Trapping Raccoons, Foxes, Skunks and More

Add to Favorites By Ronnie Ashmore, West Virginia – A family farm, homestead, or just your little backyard herd are all susceptible to predation. There are many four-legged animals just sneaking …

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How to Make a Scarecrow That Actually Works

Add to Favorites By Nathan Griffith – The best yields and the best quality of corn come from planting short-, mid- and long-season varieties all at once, not from planting …

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Natural Pest Control for Gardens and Farmsteads

Add to Favorites By John Blum – An “ecosystem” can be very large or very small. The (ecological) system needed to support a colony of bacteria may be a pound of …

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How to Get Rid of Rats

Add to Favorites By Cynthia Smith (Veterinarian in Washington) – I hate rats. I hate the way they dig dirty holes in my nice clean barns. I hate the squishy way …

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It’s Time to Milk the Cows!
March 14, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Holistic Management On A Pasture Dairy

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas Ron Holter is the fifth generation on a dairy farm near Jefferson, Maryland, in Middletown Valley. “The land was originally purchased in 1889 by my great-great-granddad,” he …

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A Second-Chance for Horses
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites By Shirley Kelly, Colorado The Horse Sanctuary Mission offers horses a second chance to be cared for, nurtured, and valued, and to provide shelter and humane treatment …

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Become a Horse Farmer
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Ralph Rice is about to live his life-long dream — to become a full-time horse farmer. At age 56 years, Ralph is on target to retire from …

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Managing the Scourge of Scours
March 14, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites Byline Dr. Kevin Hill, Merck Animal Health Getting calves off to a good start in the first few weeks of life can have a major impact on …

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Managing Parasites Around the Farm
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites If you are part of the growing trend of urban farming, hobby farming, or small to mid-scale farming you already know that there are many responsibilities. You …

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Farm Poo Paper: Don’t Pooh Pooh It!
March 14, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Why on Earth would you make paper out of farm feces? Turns out there are a lot of reasons. Typically, with normal paper which comes from trees, …

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Hiring a Farm Sitter for Your Homestead
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Hiring a farm sitter may be a reasonable answer to getting away for vacation while owning a farm or homestead. But who can you call to do …

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Internal Parasites Threaten Herd Performance and Profits
March 14, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites Internal parasites can wreak havoc on your herd. That’s why an effective deworming program is an essential cornerstone of your herd health plan. Strategic deworming starts with …

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The Benefits of Reduced or Low-Stress Livestock Handling
March 14, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites Handling livestock, whether to provide routine care or for treatment of sickness, is a common and often unavoidable part of livestock production. However, there are instances where …

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