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

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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The Best Barbecue Ribs: Secrets to Barbecue Joint-Quality Ribs
September 8, 2019 · · Pigs

My first bite of spicy, saucy barbecue ribs in a local ribs restaurant put me on a quest to perfect this ultimate finger food. The best barbecue ribs have intense …

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Wild Plant Identification: Foraging for Edible Weeds
August 5, 2019 · · Growing

On a sleepy Sunday afternoon, on the grounds of an ex-horse stable, Nate Chetelat presents a wild plant identification tour for a local gardening group. The focus of the tour …

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Tractor Comparison: Thinking About Buying an Old Tractor for Your Homestead?

By Ken Johnson – In the past 40 years or so, I have owned a few old tractors and liked most of them. When I was a teenager, I helped local farmers …

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What to Feed Sheep for Prime Wool Production
July 19, 2019 · · Sheep

A large part of raising wool animals is knowing what to feed sheep in order to obtain good quality wool. Feeding choices will vary from place to place. The sheep farmers …

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A Pig Feeding Guide for Raising Hogs
July 14, 2019 · · Pigs

Many times the only pig feeding guide you can find states that pigs can eat everything. While this may be true, pigs shouldn’t necessarily eat everything. Most homesteaders are raising …

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Feeding a Pig (For Market)

By Mel Dickinson – The spring and summer are a great time to bring pigs onto your farm or homestead. Within a few months, it is possible to have homegrown …

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Building Elevated Planter Boxes for Easier Gardening

By Anita B. Stone Building elevated planter boxes helps bring plants closer. They’re great for children, disabled gardeners, or the elderly. Gardening can be an incredibly rewarding task, but sometimes …

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Recycling a Deck into Standing Raised Bed
June 24, 2019 · · Growing

Not wanting to add to the landfill, I started drafting up ideas on how I could transform my dilapidated deck into a standing raised bed. It was perfect timing as …

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A Guide to How to Butcher a Pig

By Roger Sherfield – The hardest part of getting that homestead hog from pen to freezer is the part that most people don’t like to talk about: —harvesting. While using such …

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14 Ways to Cut Costs on the Sheep Farm
May 12, 2019 · · Sheep

By Marvin R. Gray – With spiraling sheep feed costs and unpredictable fuel prices, flockmasters raising sheep for profit are seeking ways to operate their flocks more profitably and efficiently. Here are 14 cost-cutting and …

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A Complete Guide to How to Compost at Home

By Frederick C. Michel, Jr., Joe E. Heimlich, & Harry A. J. Hoitink – If you are interested in learning how to compost at home, here is some helpful advice. Mow …

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How to Shear a Sheep and Other Fiber Animals
April 29, 2019 · · Sheep

Learning how to shear a sheep takes practice and time. Before you head out to buy sheep shearing supplies try to observe a professional sheep shearer and ask questions. The …

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Working Like A Dog

By Kenny Coogan For hundreds of years, dogs have worked with humans in mutually beneficial relationships. Historically and presently, dogs help us hunt, protect our homes, kill vermin and help us …

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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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