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How to Vermicompost At Home

Even homesteaders on a tiny urban plot make a lot of waste. Our multi-faceted approach to recycling sends most yard waste through our chickens to start the composting process along with both an outdoor, hot composting system and an indoor worm bin.

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Artificial Insemination is No Bull (Literally)

Most homesteaders dream of having their own cow to provide fresh milk and dairy products for the whole family. The challenge is, a milk cow must become pregnant before she can lactate, and that means you’re going to need a bull—unless you use artificial insemination (AI).

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Sow Care During Farrowing and Lactation
February 7, 2020 · · Pigs

Sow care during gestation, farrowing and lactation is the key to healthier piglets. When piglets have a strong start in life they are more likely to thrive, develop quickly, and wean easily.

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Rat-Hunting Dogs: A Historically Organic Option
January 25, 2020 · · Homesteading

Got a rat problem? You can try traps, poisons … or rat-hunting dogs. This organic concept is the reason rat terriers exist today.

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How to Start a Cattle Farm on Small Acreage
January 13, 2020 · · Cattle

Learning how to start a cattle farm throws you into the deep end of the homesteading pool. Cattle are large beasts and require strong fencing, water, grazing land or feed and a plan.

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7 Pasture Pig Breeds for the Small Farm
December 10, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites Raising pasture pig breeds is talked about frequently in farming discussions. Not too far back in agrarian history, pasture pig breeds were more common. Keeping a few …

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The Dorper Sheep: A Hardy Adaptable Breed
November 16, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites Would you like to raise Dorper sheep, one of the fastest growing breeds in the United States and many other countries? There is good reason for the popularity …

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Straw Vs Hay: What’s the Difference?
October 24, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites 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 …

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5 Critical Sheep Breeds for the Homestead
October 10, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites Raised for their hides, meat, milk, and wool, sheep are versatile. In addition to providing a local source of food and fiber, small flock owners are looking to …

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Farm Piglets for Sale in Today’s Market
September 20, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites Finding you have extra farm piglets for sale can happen occasionally. Pig breeders have a product that is more popular at certain times of the year. It may be that …

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Valais Blacknose Coming to the U.S.
September 14, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites By Alan Harman Originating from Switzerland, Valais Blacknose are a world heritage breed with an estimated global population of just 13,000 or 14,000, verging on an endangered …

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The Best Barbecue Ribs: Secrets to Barbecue Joint-Quality Ribs
September 8, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites My first bite of spicy, saucy barbecue ribs in a local ribs restaurant put me on a quest to perfect this ultimate finger food. The best barbecue …

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Finnsheep are the Perfect Fiber Animals

Add to Favorites By Mary O’Malley, Honeysuckle Farm johnandmaryomalley@yahoo.com An ancient variety, Finnsheep are both meat- and wool-yielding animals. Finnish sheep characteristics have been bred for thousands of years. Stentorp—the farm …

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Flystrike Treatment for Livestock and Poultry
August 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Breed Diversity and Results of Inbreeding
June 30, 2019 · · Homesteading

In their call to preserve biodiversity, the FAO stresses the importance of preserving heritage breeds and avoiding the results of inbreeding.

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