manure

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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What is the Best Manure for Gardens?
May 28, 2019 . · Growing

The best manure for gardens is properly composted manure. It’s often called black gold, especially when it contains cow manure. When running a homestead, you have many different types of …

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Calving Success: How to Assist a Cow Giving Birth

By Heather Smith Thomas – The riskiest time in a calf’s life is being born. Several million calves in the United States and Canada are lost each year during birth …

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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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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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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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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 Universal Tractor Maintenance Checklist to Keep Your Tractor Running Well

Using a tractor maintenance checklist is a great way to keep your small farm tractor operating smoothly. For many of us, we’ve come to rely on our tractor, and being …

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Raising Pigs for Profit
May 4, 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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How to Start Raising Pigs on Pasture
May 4, 2019 . · Pigs

The latest project here on our farm is raising pigs on pasture. In the last year and a half, seven litters of piglets have arrived, showed off how cute they …

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11 Fly Deterrent Tips for Effective Pasture Management

By Ken Scharabok – Flies can bother livestock to the point they become stressed and growth or overall health is affected. Fly deterrent strategies probably follow the 20/80 rule (20 percent of the …

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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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Natural Pest Control for Gardens and Farmsteads

By John Blum – An “ecosystem” can be very large or very small. The (ecological) system needed to support a colony of bacteria may be a pound of dirt. The system …

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Flystrike Treatment for Livestock and Poultry
March 14, 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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