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Planting Kale in the Fall Garden

By Nancy Pierson Farris – Planting kale isn’t just a spring activity in our gardens. When spring crops wilt from summer’s heat, and we have the pantry lined with the …

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Flystrike Treatment for Livestock and Poultry
August 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

Animals and flies seem to go hand in hand on a farm. So what is flystrike? If you have livestock, you most likely battle the common stable fly, and you’re …

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How Much Hay Does a Cow Eat?
August 12, 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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Raising Pigs for Profit
August 10, 2019 . · Pigs

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 and require a …

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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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Foot and Mouth Disease: What You Need to Know

By John Hibma, Connecticut – Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is a highly contagious, viral disease that infects cloven-hoofed animals. All ruminants, including cows, meat and dairy goats, sheep, and deer as …

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Dairy Farming Project Advice from Dairy Farm Owners
July 17, 2019 . · Cattle

What makes a farmer decide to begin a dairy farming project? For some, it is a strong history. The early mornings milking the herd, processing the milk for sale and …

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Gardening Tips: 12 Common Gardening Mistakes to Avoid
July 11, 2019 . · Growing

Gardening can be a fun and easy way to put food on your family’s table. But it can also be frustrating when things don’t grow as you expected. Here are …

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The Best Tractor Tires for Your Farm

Choosing the best tractor tires for your small farm tractor can be a make-or-break deal. Not all tractors are the same, and not all tractor jobs call for the same tire …

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How to Create a Cattle Pasture for Optimum Flavor and Fat Cover in Grass-fed Beef
July 2, 2019 . · Cattle

With Spencer Smith – Creating the right blend of forages and grasses in a pasture to finish (fatten for slaughter) cattle is not as simple as turning the cattle out to …

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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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How to Start a Cattle Farm on Small Acreage
June 23, 2019 . · Cattle

Learning how to start a cattle farm throws you into the deep end of the homesteading pool. Cattle are large beasts and require strong fencing, water, grazing land or feed …

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How a British Family Constructed Their Own Root Cellar

By Susie Kearley – In Buckinghamshire, England, Ali Freeman and her family, farm an impressive eight acre smallholding with a menagerie of animals and abundant vegetable plots. I went to meet …

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5 Homestead Animals for Self-Sufficiency
June 17, 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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Avoid Plant Sunburn and Summer Garden Disasters
June 16, 2019 . · Growing

Plant sunburn, floods, heat and hailstorms. Planning now protects your garden from disaster later. When you started your first garden, did anyone tell you that Mother Nature might rake her …

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