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All About Ankole Watusi Cattle

By Klaire Bruce, Missouri – Ankole Watusi are known as the “Cattle of Kings.” Their unmistakably large horns can spear a lion. The tribes of Africa that rely on them …

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What is the Best Mulch to Prevent Weeds?
May 19, 2019 . · Growing

All Photos By Shelley Dedauw The best mulch to prevent weeds depends on where the mulch lies, what else you need it to do…and, of course, cost. What is the …

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11 Fly Deterrent Tips for Effective Pasture Management

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 percent of the …

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A Complete Guide to How to Compost at Home

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 helpful advice. Mow …

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

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 ask questions. The …

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12 Plants That Keep Away Mosquitoes
April 23, 2019 . · Growing

Growing dual-purpose edible plants that keep away mosquitoes is beneficial and practical. From the annoyance of buzzing in your ears to the threat of Zika and West Nile, mosquitos are …

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

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 so we know …

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How to Attract Owls and Why You Should Give a Hoot
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Learning how to attract owls to your homestead has many rewards including acting as a natural way to get rid of mice. The joy of spotting the magical birds on evening …

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

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 all be familiar …

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Oh, Deer: Keeping Deer Out of Gardens

By Susan Gateley – Whitetail deer are charismatic, beautiful animals as they leap in graceful 20-foot bounds through your neighbor’s bean field. I like to watch them. Lately, I like to …

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Natural Pest Control for Gardens and Farmsteads

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 dirt. The system …

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Flystrike Treatment for Livestock and Poultry
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Animals and flies seem to go hand in hand on a farm. So what is flystrike? If you have livestock, you most likely battle the common stable fly, and you’re …

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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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Straw Vs Hay: What’s the Difference?
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

When it comes to straw vs hay for your backyard chickens and livestock, there are definite advantages to each. We raise horses and ducks on our small hobby farm, and …

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Shoo Flies from Livestock

By Alexis Griffee As you know, every farm needs to have a pest control program in place, as flies can be far more than just an annoyance. They can be an …

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