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Choosing Dairy Cow Breeds for Your Farm
February 10, 2020 · · Cattle

Dairy cow breeds are numerous. How do we know the right breed for our farm or family situation?

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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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Cattle Handling 101: Play it Safe

Add to Favorites 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, …

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Foot and Mouth Disease: What You Need to Know

Add to Favorites By John Hibma, Connecticut – Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is a highly contagious, viral disease that infects cloven-hoofed animals. All ruminants, including cows, meat and dairy goats, sheep, …

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Dairy Farming Project Advice from Dairy Farm Owners
July 17, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites What makes a farmer decide to begin a dairy farming project? For some, it is a strong history. The early mornings milking the herd, processing the milk …

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Raising Miniature Goats, Cows, Chickens, and Sheep
May 2, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites What is driving the recent trend in raising miniature goats, cows, chickens, and other livestock? As more people move toward a simpler way of life, and are …

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Natural Pest Control for Gardens and Farmsteads

Add to Favorites By John Blum – An “ecosystem” can be very large or very small. The (ecological) system needed to support a colony of bacteria may be a pound of …

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It’s Time to Milk the Cows!
March 14, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites What makes a farmer decide to begin a dairy farming project? For some, it is a strong history. The early mornings milking the herd, processing the milk …

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Holistic Management On A Pasture Dairy

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Working Morgans on Working Farms
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites By Helga Loncosky Small-scale farming, sustainable living and homesteading often come with different needs than conventional or large scale farming operations. Economy, ease and hardiness often help …

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Managing the Scourge of Scours
March 14, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites Byline Dr. Kevin Hill, Merck Animal Health Getting calves off to a good start in the first few weeks of life can have a major impact on …

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The Biology of the Rumen

Add to Favorites By John Hibma – Ruminants have a special function in our world’s complex ecosystem. They consume grasses grown in pastures and on rangeland along with fibrous shrubs and …

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Farm Poo Paper: Don’t Pooh Pooh It!
March 14, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Why on Earth would you make paper out of farm feces? Turns out there are a lot of reasons. Typically, with normal paper which comes from trees, …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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