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Dexter Cattle – The Ideal Family Cow

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 when it comes …

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Cattle Handling 101: Play it Safe

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, or may be …

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How to Pick a Good Used Livestock Trailer

By Hope Holland – There are lots of fancy trailers out there on the market for those of you who are going out solely to horse shows or trail rides, but, …

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7 Pasture Pig Breeds for the Small Farm
May 1, 2019 . · Pigs

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 pigs intended for …

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Installing Fence Posts and Keeping Them Secure

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 to fencing installation …

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LGD Pack Size Affects Success

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 running the right …

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

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 so we know …

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How to Get Rid of a Skunk Smell on a Dog

How to get rid of a skunk smell on a dog is something many of us have unfortunately wondered. Whether it’s your livestock guardian dog or your family pet, we want …

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Wintertime Hoof Care For Horses

By Bryan Farcus MA, CJP; ©2007-2014 “Farrier-Friendly” Series It’s that time of year, once again, and I’m finding that the evening chores at the barn are getting a bit hurried. At …

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It’s Never too Late to Fulfill Your Dream (to become a Horse Farmer)

Ralph Rice is about to live his life-long dream — to become a full-time horse farmer. At age 56 years, Ralph is on target to retire from his in-town job …

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

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, the trees are …

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Poop for Profit? How to Sell Manure

By Mary O’Malley, Honeysuckle Farm, Silver Spring, Md. Learning how to sell manure can turn an unpleasant byproduct into more than garden gold. When people decide to raise sheep, they’re …

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All About Karakachan Livestock Guardian Dogs
March 14, 2019 . · Sheep

By Cindy Kolb – The Karakachan livestock guardian dog is an LGD breed that has been used for centuries as an integral part of the life of the nomadic shepherds of …

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5 Homestead Animals for Self-Sufficiency
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

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 keeping, the peace …

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6 Signs of a Horse Hoof Problem

By Bryan Farcus MA, CJF of “Farrier-Friendly” – A much-needed tune-up on your truck or used livestock trailer might be on your “must-do” list. Have you considered the possibility that avoiding …

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