milk-production

10 Pig Breeds for the Homestead
September 16, 2019 · · Pigs

Add to Favorites Has the time come to add pig breeds to your list of homestead goals? With the proper homestead fencing and pig shelter, the quick grow out time …

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Choosing Dairy Cow Breeds for Your Farm
August 31, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites Dairy cow breeds are numerous. How do we know the right breed for our farm or family situation? Milk production varies within dairy cow breeds. The content …

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Foot and Mouth Disease: What You Need to Know

Add to Favorites 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, …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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5 Homestead Animals for Self-Sufficiency
June 17, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Raising Miniature Goats, Cows, Chickens, and Sheep
May 2, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites What is driving the recent trend in raising miniature goats, cows, chickens, and other livestock? As more people move toward a simpler way of life, and are …

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Holistic Management On A Pasture Dairy

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas Ron Holter is the fifth generation on a dairy farm near Jefferson, Maryland, in Middletown Valley. “The land was originally purchased in 1889 by my great-great-granddad,” he …

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Managing the Scourge of Scours
March 14, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites Byline Dr. Kevin Hill, Merck Animal Health Getting calves off to a good start in the first few weeks of life can have a major impact on …

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A Free Choice Salt Lick is Vital for Livestock Health
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Don’t laugh, I’m sure I’m not the only farm kid who’s done this. When I was a girl I remember licking the salt lick block in the …

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How Bot Fly Larvae Affect Livestock and Farm Income
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Bot fly larvae are a disruptive, destructive threat to your livestock and not something you or the animals want to deal with during the summer months. The bot …

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Apple Cider Vinegar on The Homestead
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Believe it or not, apple cider vinegar is not a new trend among homesteaders. Using raw apple cider vinegar has been around for thousands of years, and has …

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My Top 13 on the Food Additives List to Avoid
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites When we began our journey of using food for health many years ago, I was shocked as I learned about the food additives list for processed and …

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Shed or Pasture Lambing

Add to Favorites By Denice Rackley — The muffled, deep Maaa of a ewe “talking” to her newborn lambs reaches my ears before I open the barn door. Newborn lambs nursing, …

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Milk Replacer vs. Ewe’s Milk

Add to Favorites It’s time to look ahead to this spring’s lambing season. Should you feed milk replacer or ewe’s milk to the 2016 lamb crop? New research from Cornell University …

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Dairy Sheep – Consider Icelandic Sheep

Add to Favorites By Susan Mongold – What struck me right away when my first Icelandic sheep lambed were the similarities that these sheep had with dairy goats. I had …

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