rotational-grazing

A Pig Feeding Guide for Raising Hogs
July 14, 2019 . · Pigs

Many times the only pig feeding guide you can find states that pigs can eat everything. While this may be true, pigs shouldn’t necessarily eat everything. Most homesteaders are raising …

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The Shocking Truth About Electric Fencing for Sheep

By John Kirchhoff – People have mixed feelings about the use of electric fencing for sheep and other livestock. For people unfamiliar with them, the word “electric fence” conjures up images …

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Feeding a Pig (For Market)

By Mel Dickinson – The spring and summer are a great time to bring pigs onto your farm or homestead. Within a few months, it is possible to have homegrown …

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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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What is Rotational Grazing and Why is it Misunderstood?
May 28, 2019 . · Growing

With Spencer Smith – Many people want to know what is rotational grazing and why is it misunderstood? Good grazing practices are often thought of as rotational grazing, but this …

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Different Types of Housing for Pigs
May 14, 2019 . · Pigs

Just like any other type of livestock, pigs have three basic requirements: food, water, and shelter. Compared to other animals, housing for pigs can be fairly minimal as long as …

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Silvopasture Explained

Silvopasture, also known as agroforestry, is a farming method that includes the use of timber, livestock, and forage together in the same section of land. It is used to expand …

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Making Pasture & Forages Work For Sheep

By Dean Oswald—Animal Systems Educator —University of Illinois web.extension.uiuc.edu/macombcenter/ Cell (309)255-8705 Fax (309)853-5449 Grazing Goals Sheep producers should set annual goals for the forage and pasture grazing system. Under most …

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Fighting Tropical Worms in the Cold North

Originally published in the November/December 2016 issue of sheep! magazine. By Alan Harmon – The barn was quiet last spring at Next Step Farm in Canada’s remote Northern Ontario region: No …

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Understanding Forage Production and Forage Quality

By John Hibma – Forages are the foundation of all livestock diets. The production and feeding of high-quality forages will help ensure that livestock grows at an optimal rate, produce food …

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Improving Soil with Cattle and The Best Green Manure Crops

By Heather Thomas, Salmon, Idaho  Holistic grazing and the best green manure crops naturally improve soil. Add legumes or rotational cattle grazing to revitalize land. Many of our crop and pasture …

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Tools for a Successful Electric Pig Fence
February 15, 2019 . · Pigs

The old adage goes: a fence should be horse high, hog tight, and bull strong. In a homesteading lifestyle where livestock is raised, quality fencing is of the utmost priority. When …

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How to Make a Pig Waterer from PVC Pipe
February 15, 2019 . · Pigs

Filling your freezer with homegrown pork is one of the most gratifying experiences when it comes to homesteading. The initial cost of equipment when getting into pig farming, however, can get …

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