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A Glimpse at Simple Homesteading Life in the 1800s

By Kathy Belt – In the September/October 2012 issue of Countryside, a reader wanted to know what homesteading life in the 1800s was like. Here’s my reply. I am a bit of a …

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6 Pig Farming Equipment Essentials for Your Farm
May 17, 2019 . · Pigs

There are not a lot of must-have pig farming equipment items for homestead hog raising. Besides the infrastructure needed for almost any livestock, other tools are rarely used. Shelter, secure …

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Raising Sheep for Meat – Flavor-Based Success

By Alan Harman – Raising sheep for meat that are from the “land of fire and ice,” Barb Gunness’ flock of Icelandic sheep are right at home close to the …

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A Universal Tractor Maintenance Checklist to Keep Your Tractor Running Well

Using a tractor maintenance checklist is a great way to keep your small farm tractor operating smoothly. For many of us, we’ve come to rely on our tractor, and being …

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11 Fly Deterrent Tips for Effective Pasture Management

By Ken Scharabok – Flies can bother livestock to the point they become stressed and growth or overall health is affected. Fly deterrent strategies probably follow the 20/80 rule (20 percent of the …

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How to Shear a Sheep and Other Fiber Animals
April 29, 2019 . · Sheep

Learning how to shear a sheep takes practice and time. Before you head out to buy sheep shearing supplies try to observe a professional sheep shearer and ask questions. The …

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Backyard Bugs: Identifying Insects for Good
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Creep, nuisance, vermin, trouble, and costly are synonymous when identifying insects. It’s a shame, too, because without insects, our world would be very different. Yes, we may all be familiar …

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3 Natural Home Remedies for Fleas

Home remedies for fleas don’t have to be expensive, smelly or toxic. When I was a veterinary technician 20-odd years ago, the number one query of most of our clients …

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Garden Hoops: Low Tunnels for Frost and Insect Protection
March 14, 2019 . · Growing

When you’re itching to get your hands dirty, garden hoops can extend the season enough to avoid disaster. Midway between full-sized greenhouses and the gamble of throwing seeds into cold …

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Natural Ways to Get Rid of Mice
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

For the safest, most natural ways to get rid of mice, start with the most minimum impact and work up from there. I have a friend who insists on using …

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Get Rid of Mice Naturally: No Antidotes for Modern Rat Poisons

By Laura Haggarty, Kentucky Why would you want to get rid of mice naturally? Well, sooner or later, if you have chickens, you’re going to have to deal with mice …

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How to Get Rid of Rats

By Cynthia Smith (Veterinarian in Washington) – I hate rats. I hate the way they dig dirty holes in my nice clean barns. I hate the squishy way the floor feels …

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Working Morgans on Working Farms

Small-scale farming, sustainable living and homesteading often come with different needs than conventional or large scale farming operations. Economy, ease and hardiness often help make these endeavors more successful. With …

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It’s Never too Late to Fulfill Your Dream (to become a Horse Farmer)

Ralph Rice is about to live his life-long dream — to become a full-time horse farmer. At age 56 years, Ralph is on target to retire from his in-town job …

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Hiring a Farm Sitter for Your Homestead
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Hiring a farm sitter may be a reasonable answer to getting away for vacation while owning a farm or homestead. But who can you call to do what you do …

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