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Dexter Cattle – The Ideal Family Cow

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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Designing Your Ideal Homesteading Land

By Ken Wilson – Homesteading land is neither a farm nor a rural residence; therefore, it presents design challenges that are different from the others. A rural residence is basically nothing more …

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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?
May 14, 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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Holistic Management On A Pasture Dairy

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 said. “I grew …

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It’s Never too Late to Fulfill Your Dream (to become a Horse Farmer)

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 his in-town job …

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Breed Diversity and Results of Inbreeding
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Urgent warnings from the United Nations to protect genetic diversity apply to livestock too. The results of inbreeding and a focus on high-yielding, high-maintenance breeds raises sustainability issues in the …

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

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 understanding the life …

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

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 handling can be …

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Raising Elk Provides Something For Everyone
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Travis Lowe’s family has been a member of the North American Elk Breeders Association since 1991. Lowe, the executive director for the past two years, says that raising elk provides …

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Antibiotic Use in Livestock Feed
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Watch a short video on A History of Antibiotics By Aidan Connolly Question 1: Why is there antibiotic use in livestock feed in the first place? Antibiotics have been good for …

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Igniting the American Dream

By Lori Davis, New York Changes are underway as the country’s demographics shift in significant ways, casting shadows on the traditional American Dream and transforming it into something entirely new. In …

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Farming In The San Luis Valley, Then And Now

By Karin Deneke, Photos by Chuck Reel and Karin Deneke You cannot miss the hay trucks when traveling east on La Veta Pass. Loaded with heavy bales of alfalfa, they slowly …

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Homestead Hints — Control Ants

By Lil Roberts, California This is the time of year when the ants decide it might be great to come in the building to see what they can find to take …

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Animal Care and Family Matter The Most

By Heather SmithThomas, Idaho Andrew Lewis and his family live on a farm in the southern tier of New York that was originally purchased by his great-grandparents. “I’m the fourth generation …

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