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Cattle Shed Design for a Small Herd
November 11, 2019 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

Add to Favorites The lure of the wide open range and the romance of ranching may entice you to search cattle breeds and cattle shed design ideas. You live on the east …

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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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Preventing and Treating Cattle Scours in Calves

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas – The most common illness in young calves is cattle scours (diarrhea). There are many causes, including intestinal infection because of bacteria, viruses, or …

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Choosing Dairy Cow Breeds for Your Farm
August 31, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites Dairy cow breeds are numerous. How do we know the right breed for our farm or family situation? Milk production varies within dairy cow breeds. The content …

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Diagnosing and Treating Hardware Disease in Cattle
August 26, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas – Cattle occasionally swallow foreign material such as pieces of wire chopped up by a baler. Hardware disease in cattle occurs when a …

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Artificial Insemination is No Bull (Literally)

Add to Favorites By Kay Wolfe 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 …

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Cheap Fencing Ideas for the Homestead
August 15, 2019 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

Add to Favorites With the rising costs of fencing materials, we’re always on the lookout for cheap fencing ideas. Fences don’t have to be complex or expensive to do the …

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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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How Much Hay Does a Cow Eat?
August 12, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites After you unload the first cattle onto your property, your next biggest concern will be how to keep up with the demand for food. Knowing a ballpark …

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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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5 Homestead Fencing Mistakes to Avoid

Add to Favorites No matter what project my husband and I decide to tackle, it nearly always comes down to the same thing: homestead fencing. Garden fencing to keep groundhogs and …

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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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How to Start a Cattle Farm on Small Acreage
June 23, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites 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 …

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How a British Family Constructed Their Own Root Cellar

Add to Favorites By Susie Kearley – In Buckinghamshire, England, Ali Freeman and her family, farm an impressive eight acre smallholding with a menagerie of animals and abundant vegetable plots. I …

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