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Cheap Fencing Ideas for the Homestead
August 15, 2019 · · Fences, Sheds & Barns

With the rising costs of fencing materials, we’re always on the lookout for cheap fencing ideas. Fences don’t have to be complex or expensive to do the job. We have …

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Why a PTO Slip Clutch Needs to Make Your Farm Tools List

Anyone who owns a proper farm tractor will tell you two things: they’re indispensable and they’re expensive to fix. I recently pursued a quote for repairs on our John Deere …

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How to Build a Goat Barn Using a Prefab Shed

Goat barns are essential if you raise goats, regardless of what sort of climate you reside in. When I was big into dairy goats, my family had more time than …

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Cattle Handling 101: Play it Safe

By Heather Smith Thomas – Most accidents with cattle handling occur when people don’t understand cattle behavior and are in the wrong place at the wrong time, or may be …

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Flystrike Treatment for Livestock and Poultry
August 13, 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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How Much Hay Does a Cow Eat?
August 12, 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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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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How to Store Firewood: Try Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Racks

By Ed McClearen, Fleetwood, North Carolina – One thing we have in abundance here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina is firewood. Last winter, we noticed that the …

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Raising Pigs for Profit
August 10, 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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The Dorper Sheep: A Hardy Adaptable Breed
August 10, 2019 · · Sheep

Would you like to raise Dorper sheep, one of the fastest growing breeds in the United States and many other countries? There is good reason for the popularity of the Dorper …

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How Do Blueberries Grow?
August 10, 2019 · · Growing

How do blueberries grow in my garden when there seems to be so much stacked against them? For the last few years, I have been enjoying homegrown blueberries. Not an …

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Grease Zerk Fittings to Keep Things Running Smoothly

When and how to grease Zerk fittings is something many of us don’t think of often, but regular greasing is a crucial part of routine maintenance for your tractor and …

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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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Sheep Breeds for Fiber, Meat, or Dairy
August 6, 2019 · · Sheep

There are numerous sheep breeds in the world and raising sheep serves many purposes. Some sheep breeds lend themselves to provide the whole range of products, Rambouillet sheep, Dorset sheep, and …

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7 Pasture Pig Breeds for the Small Farm
August 5, 2019 · · Pigs

Raising pasture pig breeds is talked about frequently in farming discussions. Not too far back in agrarian history, pasture pig breeds were more common. Keeping a few pigs intended for …

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