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Is Your Livestock Barn at Risk for Fire?

No one wants to see their barn wrapped in flames. But that’s exactly what occurred at one of the oldest dairy farms in New York, when firefighters from 15 departments responded to the scene.

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Poultry, Goat, Sheep, Swine, and Cow Gestation Calculator

Where can you find an all-in-one lambing calculator that also works to factor a pig’s gestation period and a cow’s pregnancy length? Here!

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Making Herb Salts and Garlic Oil: Recipes for Imperfect Harvests
December 19, 2020 · · Growing

When insects attack your growing basil or your garlic doesn’t grow to a desired size, don’t worry, you can still make delicious infused garlic oil recipes and salts with your imperfect herbs.

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Beginning Blacksmithing
December 19, 2020 · · Homesteading

Some of the best advice on self-reliance I’ve received was given to me by my grandfather while we worked in his blacksmith shop. “Never buy something that you can make,” he told me.

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A Sulute to the Mighty Come-Along Tool

Thanks to the fabulous come-along tool, an endless variety of monumental pulling tasks can be performed by one individual. In countless sheds and barns across this nation is one of the greatest tools known to man.

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Detecting and Treating Lump Jaw in Cattle
December 13, 2020 · · Cattle

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 may open the way for infection, which can lead to lump jaw.

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Farm Equipment Winter Maintenance

Farm equipment winter maintenance is necessary for any equipment that you own that is critical for harvest and in the coming months, to help prevent costly breakdowns.

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Fiber Festival Fun
December 12, 2020 · · Sheep

One way to maximize your wool value is to target fiber festivals which include spinners, weavers, and dyers. As a small producer specializing in fine wool sheep, our business depends upon finding innovative and profitable ways to market our wool.

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Farm Estate Planning
December 11, 2020 · · Homesteading

Farm estate planning is essential to the process of passing a  farm on to the next generation as smoothly and successfully as possible. The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Startups Service reports that family-owned farms account for 97% of the 2.1 million farms in the United States.

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How to Build Durable Pipe Corrals

It’s important to know how to build pipe corrals because of the availability of material and, if done correctly, it will only need to be done once in a lifetime.

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$50 Worth of Chicken Recipes from a $15 Bird

Think of these simple chicken recipes the next time you enjoy a tasty roasted chicken dinner, and know that you’re only a few meals away from turning that single bird into $50 worth of food.

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Growing Hemp on the Homestead
November 22, 2020 · · Growing

Recent interest in growing hemp as an agricultural crop isn’t as recent as you might think. Hemp is an ancient plant. Evidence points to the plant’s use 10,000 years ago where it has been used for centuries as a form of textile fiber.

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How to Make Lip Balm at Home
November 22, 2020 · · Soapmaking

One of the neatest things about having a desire to be as independent as possible is the many things you learn to do on your own. And come those cold winter days, you’ll be happy to know how to make lip balm at home.

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Winter Cover Crops And Green Manure Strategies
November 19, 2020 · · Growing

Cover crop strategies refer to cover crops scheduled into a crop rotation plan. Organic farming relies on soil health and cycling of nutrients through the soil using natural processes.

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Farm Pond Maintenance to Prevent Winterkill
November 15, 2020 · · Self-Reliance

Ponds and lakes in the northern United States have in the past experienced what I will term a “fish kill” related to lack of dissolved oxygen present in the water. Oxygen is essential to the metabolism of all aerobic (air breathing) organisms.

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