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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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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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14 Ways to Cut Costs on the Sheep Farm
May 12, 2019 . · Sheep

By Marvin R. Gray – With spiraling sheep feed costs and unpredictable fuel prices, flockmasters raising sheep for profit are seeking ways to operate their flocks more profitably and efficiently. Here are 14 cost-cutting and …

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7 Pasture Pig Breeds for the Small Farm
May 1, 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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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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Protecting the Homestead From Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

By Karin Deneke – It doesn’t make much difference where you live, chances are, sooner or later you will encounter rodents. Gnawing sounds coming from the void between interior walls …

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How to Repel Rats, Mice, Skunks, and Other Interlopers

By Cheryl K. Smith – We’re not the only ones that want to spend our time indoors. Rats, mice, skunks, and other furry interlopers are busy finding their way into houses …

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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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Flystrike Treatment for Livestock and Poultry
March 14, 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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Pink Eye in Sheep: Treat or Let it Run its Course?
March 14, 2019 . · Sheep

During show season, pink eye in sheep can be a common livestock issue. Small ruminants easily transmit pink eye from one animal to the next. This highly contagious bacteria is …

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Poop for Profit? How to Sell Manure

By Mary O’Malley, Honeysuckle Farm, Silver Spring, Md. Learning how to sell manure can turn an unpleasant byproduct into more than garden gold. When people decide to raise sheep, they’re …

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Wool-Yielding Animals for Yarn and Fiber
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Yarn weights are considerations when deciding which fiber breed or species to raise for your yarn. Wool, fleece, and fiber can be harvested from a number of wool-yielding animals, including …

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Alternative Heating Ideas for Price Hikes and Power Outages
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Photos By Shelley Dedauw Growing up, I got in big trouble for turning on the heat. And we walked to school uphill both ways and then came home to milk …

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Identify and Store Nuts for the Winter
March 13, 2019 . · Self-Reliance

Scarlet leaves are among us as the nights become cooler. If you are starting to feel a little squirrelly, you are not alone. It is the chilly fall that encourages those …

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How to Build a Bar

Story & Photos by Romie Holl, Wisconsin I want to thank my co-worker Steve Zwolinski for letting me tell his story of how he built this bar. There was always an …

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