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10 Pig Breeds for the Homestead
September 16, 2019 · · Pigs

Has the time come to add pig breeds to your list of homestead goals? With the proper homestead fencing and pig shelter, the quick grow out time for most pig …

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Barbados Blackbelly Sheep: Back From the Brink of Extinction
September 8, 2019 · · Sheep

By Carol Elkins, Founder Consortium of Barbados Blackbelly Sheep Breeders In 2004, there were fewer than 100 Barbados Blackbelly sheep in the U.S. It took a while for breeders to …

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Buying a Chainsaw? Which One?

By Ben Hoffman, Maine Buying a chainsaw can be a frustrating experience. What brand should I buy? What size bar should I get? How many horsepower? And the list goes on, …

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The Joy of Growing Horseradish (It’s Great With Almost Anything!)

By Sue Robishaw – Cold-climate gardeners can boast few crops that prefer their freezing winter abode, but the sturdy horseradish not only prefers it that way, it requires that cold. It …

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The Endangered Large Black Pig
September 3, 2019 · · Pigs

Native to Cornwall, Somerset, and Devon in England, the Large Black pig is often referred to as the “dog” among pig breeds. This is because of its docile, friendly nature. …

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Rat-Hunting Dogs: A Historically Organic Option
September 1, 2019 · · Homesteading

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

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Pink Eye in Sheep: Treat or Let it Run its Course?
August 29, 2019 · · Sheep

During show season, pink eye in sheep can be a common livestock issue. Small ruminants easily transmit pink eye from one animal to the next. This highly contagious bacteria is …

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Artificial Insemination is No Bull (Literally)

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 must become pregnant …

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Adding New Dogs Into an Existing Livestock Guardian Dog Pack
August 17, 2019 · · Sheep

Many operators incorrectly start their LGD experience by purchasing, training, and using just one dog at a time. They usually find out sooner than later, they should have bought two dogs or more to start. To be used successfully as guardians of livestock, LGDs should be run in pairs or more.

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

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 job. We have …

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How to Build a Goat Barn Using a Prefab Shed

Goat barns are essential if you raise goats, regardless of what sort of climate you reside in. When I was big into dairy goats, my family had more time than …

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The Care of Aging Guardian Dogs

By Brenda M. Negri Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD) research studies have shown that a working LGD often suffers a short lifespan, the average full time working flock protector dying well …

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Elderberry Offers Edible and Medicinal Benefits
August 9, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

My first experience with elderberries came when my husband and I moved to the country to build our first home. We purchased land that was pretty much untouched as far …

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How to Make a Hydrosol

By Erin Oberlander, Certified Holistic Aromatherapist Hydrosols are becoming more well-known in the home and natural health care communities, and this is causing many to wonder how to make a …

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What Size Generator Do I Need for My Farm, Ranch or Off-Grid Home?
July 28, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

When most people think of Connecticut they envision a state covered in pavement and cramped little houses stacked on top of one another, but nothing could be farther from the …

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