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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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10 Pig Breeds for the Homestead
May 27, 2019 . · Pigs

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 for most pig …

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

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 living in a …

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Holistic Management On A Pasture Dairy

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 said. “I grew …

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

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 their long-term health …

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

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 barnyard. I told …

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

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 fly will lay …

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

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 been traced as …

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

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 pre-packaged foods. Today, …

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Shed or Pasture Lambing

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, tails whirling, makes …

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Milk Replacer vs. Ewe’s Milk

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 provides insight to …

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Dairy Sheep – Consider Icelandic Sheep

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 a commercial goat …

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The Role of Minerals In Preventing and Treating Sheep Illnesses

By Alethea Kenney – You don’t usually think about sheep illnesses when you look at a flock of sheep to assess the overall health of the flock. The first thing that …

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Cherishing the Natural Beauty of Icelandic Sheep

By Marguerite Chisick – We discovered that Icelandic sheep were our ticket to a more sustainable way of life! It is not uncommon for people who are living in dirty, dangerous, …

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