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Removing Porcupine Quills From Cattle

By Heather Smith Thomas — Removing porcupine quills from pets, cattle, and other livestock is an unpleasant task for everyone involved.  The porcupine is a peaceful, timid rodent whose unique method …

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The Care of Aging Guardian Dogs

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 protector dying well …

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Elderberry Offers Edible and Medicinal Benefits
August 9, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

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 untouched as far …

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

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 uncomfortable. I had …

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

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 the corner so …

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First Aid Kit Contents List and Their Uses With Livestock
July 24, 2019 · · Homesteading

When it comes to a first aid kit contents list and their uses, you’ll find that many common items can be used on different species of livestock. Having some basic …

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Exploring the Numerous Calendula Benefits
July 23, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Calendula (Calendula Officinalis), or pot marigold as it’s sometimes called, is a multi-purpose edible and medicinal herb. The Shakers and early settlers knew the culinary value and superior healing qualities …

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Prepare Livestock Guardian Dogs For Summer

Originally published in the May/June 2017 issue of Sheep! magazine. Subscribe for more great stories!  ©2016 Brenda M. Negri Cinco Deseos Ranch LGDs www.lgdnevada.com Longer and warmer days are often …

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How to Make Lip Balm at Home

One of the neatest things about having a desire to be as independent as possible is the many things you learn to do on your own. And come those cold winter days, you’ll be happy to know how to make lip balm at home.

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Prevent Sheep Bloat by Managing Your Flock
May 17, 2019 · · Sheep

By Laurie Ball-Gisch – “What does a bloated sheep look like?” was the question on the phone late Sunday evening. The question brought back some nightmarish images to my mind …

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Pack Conflicts: Causes and Solutions

By Brenda M. Negri, Cinco Deseos Ranch LGD’s – Running a very large (20+) pack of livestock guardian dDogs (LGD) for several years now, I’ve observed and learned what can cause conflict …

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Natural Aphids Control in Your Garden
March 14, 2019 · · Growing

If you are an avid gardener like I am, likely at some point you will have the need for aphids control. Aphids are a common garden pest that like to …

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Healing Herbs For Herding Dogs

By Judith Toth Bigham, Ohio Although herding is first and foremost an agricultural enterprise it has in recent years “morphed” into a competitive sport that attracts enthusiasts from all walks of life. Even confirmed “urbanites” …

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Homeopathy for the Homestead
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Alternative medicine holds a very important place in homesteading. Homeopathy is a natural, safe, holistic healing method that has been used for over 200 years. It is one of the …

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Knowledge of Snake Bite First Aid Can Save Lives
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Are snakes one of those things you’re afraid of? I can’t help but think of an old country song “I Don’t Like Spiders and Snakes….” That’s the only line I …

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