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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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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How Much Hay Does a Cow Eat?
August 12, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites 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 …

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How to Store Firewood: Try Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Racks

Add to Favorites By Ed McClearen, Fleetwood, North Carolina – One thing we have in abundance here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina is firewood. Last winter, we …

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The Care of Aging Guardian Dogs

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Raising Pigs for Profit
August 10, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites Finding the best return on your investment when raising pigs for profit is the ultimate goal. Piglets are cute and fun to watch, but they grow quickly …

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Grease Zerk Fittings to Keep Things Running Smoothly

Add to Favorites When and how to grease Zerk fittings is something many of us don’t think of often, but regular greasing is a crucial part of routine maintenance for …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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How to Make a DIY Barrel Smoker
August 1, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Barbecue competitors know all about building a DIY barrel smoker. Smokers can be built from many different humble beginnings. These cookers are meant to prepare all different …

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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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11 Home Remedies for Bug Bites and Stings
July 29, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Let’s face it, no one likes to be bitten or stung. The itching, stinging, burning, painful response our bodies have to bites and stings can even be …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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A Garden of Simples Offers DIY Remedies
July 28, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites In the early days of our country, certain herbs were grown and used for the household and for simple medicinal remedies. There was no drug store around …

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