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Dexter Cattle – The Ideal Family Cow
September 16, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites Homesteading is about simplicity, self reliance, and doing as much as you can with as little as possible, always with an eye on the bottom line. So …

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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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Wash With Nuts…Soap nuts!

Add to Favorites By Rebecca Snowden Want to save a ton of money on laundry detergent and household cleaners? The long unnoticed soap nut is nothing but 100% natural and …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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7 Pasture Pig Breeds for the Small Farm
August 5, 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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50 Must-Haves for TEOTWAWKI

Add to Favorites By Thomas Sciacca – Arguably, the most important thing to store for a SHTF (Stuff Hits The Fan) or complete TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As …

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Installing Fence Posts and Keeping Them Secure

Add to Favorites Corner and Brace Assemblies Corner and brace assemblies are fundamental for installing fence posts and fencing that lasts. A sound fence starts with quality materials and careful attention …

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Raising Spotted Pigs: Gloucestershire Old Spot

Add to Favorites By Kay Wolfe – We love raising pigs for meat, so I was excited to try a new pig breed. One bite of that succulent pork roast, and I …

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The Best Small Farm Tractor Buyer’s Guide

Add to Favorites When you’re looking for the best small farm tractor for your farm or homestead, you may gravitate toward the tractors of yore; Ford 9Ns, Farmall Cubs, Fordsons, …

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5 Homestead Animals for Self-Sufficiency
June 17, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites If your aim is self-sufficiency and you’re not a vegan, you will need a supply of milk, eggs and meat for self-sufficiency. From cow farming to chicken …

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LGD Pack Size Affects Success

Add to Favorites By Brenda M. Negri, Cinco Deseos Ranch – When it comes to efficient predator control and livestock protection using livestock guardian dogs (LGDs), real success usually comes from …

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A Field Guide to Common Owl Species
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites 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 …

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