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Matching Dyeing Techniques to Fibers
March 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

By Janet Garman – Dyeing wool yarn is one of my favorite pastimes. Experimenting with different plant sources from nature can yield an amazing range of color. Since we raise …

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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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How to Make a Cheap Greenhouse

By Jay Rodgers – Two years ago I began to experiment with an idea that was spawned from the pages of Countryside and Small Stock Journal. Someone wrote an article detailing …

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Rain Water Harvesting: It’s a Good Idea (Even if You Have Running Water)
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

By Wayne Robertson – In my grandparents’ day, rain water harvesting was one of the best ways of conserving water. My grandmother collected rainwater in a barrel at the corner of the …

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The Importance of Conservation Easements
February 25, 2019 . · Homesteading

Story and photos by Karin Deneke – How can we protect our productive land and open space from the never-ending encroachment by urban sprawl, especially prime farmland on the fringes …

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How to Add Calcium to Soil
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

By Ken Scharabok – Ensuring your soils have an adequate level of available calcium should be an essential part of your field fertilization practices for several reasons. Here’s why and …

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The Benefits of Deep Mulch Gardening
February 25, 2019 . · Growing

By Willene Overfelt – I got tired of having to wait for the ground to dry out to be worked in spring and decided to try deep mulch gardening. I would …

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Detecting and Treating Lump Jaw in Cattle
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

By Heather Smith Thomas — Lump jaw in cattle is a bacterial infection of the jawbone. Bacteria are often present in the mouth of cattle, so anything that punctures the mouth tissues …

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Tips for Successfully Raising Bottle Calves
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

By Heather Smith Thomas – When raising cattle, you may encounter the challenge of a young calf orphaned or rejected by mama, needing a bottle from you. If you purchase a …

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The Jersey Cow: Milk Production for the Small Homestead
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

By Ken Scharabok – For those who only need one or two milk cows for the family and aren’t interested in large-scale dairy cow farming, one dairy cow breed in particular seems …

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Diagnosing and Treating Hardware Disease in Cattle
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

By Heather Smith Thomas – Cattle occasionally swallow foreign material such as pieces of wire chopped up by a baler. Hardware disease in cattle occurs when a sharp object penetrates …

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Belfair Miniature Cattle: A Small, All-Around Breed
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

By Robert Mock – Belfair miniature cattle are the first dual-purpose miniature cattle developed in America. Developed by Tracy Teed of Conway, Washington, Belfair cattle are 50% Jersey, from high …

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Adventures with Miniature Cattle
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

By Betty Foreman Washington – About two years ago, I started reading about miniature cattle. I was impressed by their grass-to-meat ratios and the feed requirements; I was also swayed mightily by the essential …

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Your Guide to Dairy and Beef Cattle Breeds
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

By Heather Smith Thomas – There are so many cattle breeds and crosses that it’s hard to know which ones to choose when researching how to start a cattle farm. …

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Why Raise Miniature Cattle?
February 19, 2019 . · Cattle

By Professor Richard Gradwohl Washington – As 100-500-acre family farms continue to disappear, the small acreage family homestead farm is becoming more common. Miniature cattle breeds are particularly well-suited to these …

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