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Feeding a Pig (For Market)

By Mel Dickinson – The spring and summer are a great time to bring pigs onto your farm or homestead. Within a few months, it is possible to have homegrown …

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Are Rams Dangerous? Not With Proper Management.
June 12, 2019 . · Sheep

By Laurie Ball-Gisch, The Lavender Fleece – Many people who are interested in keeping sheep hesitate because they have heard that rams are dangerous and hard to keep. So, are rams …

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What is Rotational Grazing and Why is it Misunderstood?
May 28, 2019 . · Growing

With Spencer Smith – Many people want to know what is rotational grazing and why is it misunderstood? Good grazing practices are often thought of as rotational grazing, but this …

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Can You Make Goat Milk Soap Without Handling Lye?
May 25, 2019 . · Soapmaking

The idea of making goat milk soap without handling lye is certainly appealing, but the truth is that somewhere along the line, someone has had to use lye in order …

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Homesteading For A Living

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, 56, began living …

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6 Pig Farming Equipment Essentials for Your Farm
May 17, 2019 . · Pigs

There are not a lot of must-have pig farming equipment items for homestead hog raising. Besides the infrastructure needed for almost any livestock, other tools are rarely used. Shelter, secure …

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

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 are 14 cost-cutting and …

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How to Start Raising Pigs on Pasture
May 4, 2019 . · Pigs

The latest project here on our farm is raising pigs on pasture. In the last year and a half, seven litters of piglets have arrived, showed off how cute they …

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Preventing Unwarranted Aggression in Livestock Guardian Dogs

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. One of my …

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Protect Your Poultry With Livestock Guardian Dogs

By Brenda M. Negri, Cinco Deseos Ranch LGDS – Free-ranging poultry is all the rage these days as cage-free eggs from “happier, healthier hens” bring premium market value and health benefits for the …

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Working Like A Dog

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 and help us …

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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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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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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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