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Old and New Methods of Agriculture in The San Luis Valley

Add to Favorites By Karin Deneke, Photos by Chuck Reel and Karin Deneke The San Luis Valley’s farming legacy includes old and new methods of agriculture within a historically sustainable …

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Homemade Barbecue Pits: A Fun Way to Fertilize Your Soil
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites An ancient concept, homemade barbecue pits incorporate three things: fire, the ground, and food. Today the same concept can be employed for emergency cooking or tender slow-roasted …

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Ketosis And The Family Cow

Add to Favorites By Kay Wolfe, Texas If you have a family milk cow, chances are you have experienced ketosis or you will. Ketosis is a metabolic disorder that affects …

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Safely Castrating Calves

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas The best age and method for castrating calves may vary, depending on your situation. Some stockmen feel that a calf should be allowed to …

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Beef Composites and Breed Definition

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas — Today we frequently hear the terms crossbred, hybrid, composite, synthetic—when referring to breed definition—and we often wonder exactly what these terms mean. Some …

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How to Talk to Consumers About Grass-fed Beef Benefits
February 19, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites With Spencer Smith – The key to talking about grass-fed beef benefits is understanding why a conscientious consumer is interested in grass-fed/finished beef. Consumers tend to choose grass-fed/finished …

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The Joy of Raising Highland Cattle

Add to Favorites Story & Photos By Tom Fuller – Cattle have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and Highland cattle are by far …

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How Open Range Ranching Applies to Non-Ranchers
February 19, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites The laws surrounding open range ranching are opposite what you’d expect closer to civilization. But you need to know the rights and responsibilities of both yourself and …

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The Jersey Cow: Milk Production for the Small Homestead
February 19, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites By Ken Scharabok – For those who only need one or two milk cows for the family and aren’t interested in large-scale dairy cow farming, one dairy cow breed …

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Belfair Miniature Cattle: A Small, All-Around Breed
February 19, 2019 · · Cattle

Belfair miniature cattle are the first dual-purpose miniature cattle developed in America. Developed by Tracy Teed of Conway, Washington, Belfair cattle are 50% Jersey, from high test Jersey cows bred to a small 35” Dexter bull, developed for the small acreage farmer who wants a small family milk cow which will also produce a good beef calf for the locker.

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Adventures with Miniature Cattle
February 19, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites By Betty Foreman Washington – About two years ago, I started reading about miniature cattle. I was impressed by their grass-to-meat ratios and the feed requirements; I was also swayed mightily …

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Why Raise Miniature Cattle?
February 19, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites By Professor Richard Gradwohl Washington – As 100-500-acre family farms continue to disappear, the small acreage family homestead farm is becoming more common. Miniature cattle breeds are particularly …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Tips on How to Raise a Pig for Meat
February 15, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites By Todd Quinn – I never thought I would raise my own pig, but as Thomas Jefferson once said, “I am an old man, but a new …

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Garden Herbs List: No Salt? No Sugar? No Sweat!

Add to Favorites By Gail Reynolds – Let’s face it, having to reduce or eliminate salt or sugar from our daily diets can be a tough morsel to swallow. Whether we’re …

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