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Tips for Successfully Raising Bottle Calves

By Heather Smith Thomas – When raising cattle, you may encounter the challenge of a young calf orphaned or rejected by mama, needing a bottle from you. If you purchase a …

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A Glimpse at Simple Homesteading Life in the 1800s

By Kathy Belt – In the September/October 2012 issue of Countryside, a reader wanted to know what homesteading life in the 1800s was like. Here’s my reply. I am a bit of a …

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Proper Fence Post Depth to Build Strong Fences

Fence post depth, size, and anchoring systems can make or break your fence line. Despite what some people believe, making a long-lasting fence is not always as simple as sinking …

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Soap Making Techniques: Which is Right for You?
May 22, 2019 . · Soapmaking

Soap making is an old art with changing history. And it’s not all made the same way. Different ingredients, temperatures, and curing times come into play. If you want to learn how to make soap, first decide which soap making techniques you’re most comfortable with using.

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The Top 5 Farm Implements List for Homesteading

One of, if not the most useful thing any farmer or homesteader owns, is a tractor. Speaking from someone who has always owned a tractor of some kind, I can …

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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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How to Tell If You Have a Healthy SCOBY

Of all the things that couples argue about, I’ll bet the last one you’d ever think of is whether or not you have a healthy SCOBY in your kombucha jug. …

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In Old Small Farm Tractors, Lubrication is Key

By Dave Boyt – Call me sentimental, but I have a soft spot for old small farm tractors and here’s why. Just a couple of weeks ago, my wife, Becky, surveyed …

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Your Guide to Growing Lettuce in Containers
May 18, 2019 . · Growing

For years I struggled with how and when to grow lettuce. So, I decided to try growing lettuce in containers. For three years now, we’ve enjoyed more lettuce than I could have ever …

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Homesteading For A Living

By Kenny Coogan “Our original goal was to produce as much of our own food as possible,” Landis Spickerman, 53, of High Bridge, Wisconsin, says. She and her husband Steven, 56, began living …

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Why The Best Fuel Type For Tools Doesn’t Come From The Pump

The best fuel type for tools used to be your standard pump gas from the local gas station. Unfortunately, that’s changed. What’s even more unfortunate is that it changed back …

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6 Pig Farming Equipment Essentials for Your Farm
May 17, 2019 . · Pigs

There are not a lot of must-have pig farming equipment items for homestead hog raising. Besides the infrastructure needed for almost any livestock, other tools are rarely used. Shelter, secure …

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Designing Your Ideal Homesteading Land

By Ken Wilson – Homesteading land is neither a farm nor a rural residence; therefore, it presents design challenges that are different from the others. A rural residence is basically nothing more …

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Raising Sheep for Meat – Flavor-Based Success

By Alan Harman – Raising sheep for meat that are from the “land of fire and ice,” Barb Gunness’ flock of Icelandic sheep are right at home close to the …

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How Much Hay Does a Cow Eat?
May 14, 2019 . · Cattle

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 estimate of how …

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