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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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Save Our Breed Diversity!
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Urgent warnings from the United Nations to protect biodiversity apply to livestock too. The focus on high-yielding, high-maintenance breeds raises sustainability issues in the long term. If farmers are unable …

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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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Is a Livestock Guardian Dog the Right Choice?
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Using a livestock guardian dog dates back more than 2,000 years. Dogs bred for the purpose of protecting livestock from predators and thieves were necessary when nomadic people roamed thousands of …

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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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A Free Choice Salt Lick is Vital for Livestock Health
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Don’t laugh, I’m sure I’m not the only farm kid who’s done this. When I was a girl I remember licking the salt lick block in the barnyard. I told …

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