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Countryside Contributor

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The Beautiful Black Welsh Mountain Sheep
March 5, 2021 · · Sheep

A remarkable characteristic the Black Welsh Mountain sheep, at least within our flock, is that they are happy to cooperate and very glad to do what we’d like them to do.

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Tips for Successfully Raising Bottle Calves
March 5, 2021 · · Cattle

When raising cattle, you may encounter the challenge of a young calf orphaned or rejected by mama, needing a bottle from you.

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How to Grow a Three Sisters Garden
March 5, 2021 · · Growing

I learned how to grow a three sisters garden because I believe in taking a practical approach to gardening. And that approach should reward your efforts with a bountiful crop at the end of the season.

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Dexter Cattle – The Ideal Family Cow
March 2, 2021 · · Cattle

Homesteading is about simplicity, self reliance, and doing as much as you can with as little as possible, always with an eye on the bottom line.

So when it comes to considering large livestock, selecting an animal species or specific breed that provides multiple benefits should be the goal.

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Manna Pro® Extends Its 4-H Partnership

As part of the partnership, Manna Pro will donate $1 to National 4-H Council for every $1 coupon used on select Manna Pro products from Feb. 1 through Aug. 31, with a minimum $50,000 match donation guaranteed in 2021.

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Artisanal Sheep Cheese: Shepherds Manor Creamery Part 1 of 2
February 19, 2021 · · Sheep

The artisanal sheep cheese from Shepherds Manor Creamery is what makes this creamery stand out with its award-winning, product — 100% sheep milk cheese.

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Diagnosing and Treating Hardware Disease in Cattle
February 15, 2021 · · Cattle

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 the gut lining and damages some other organ or creates peritonitis (infection within the abdomen).

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Using Natural Fertilizers on the Homestead
February 14, 2021 · · Growing

Gardens are hungry creatures, demanding endless applications of fertilizer to keep vegetables, fruits, and flowers growing throughout the season. Unfortunately, many find their plot’s needs increase each passing year despite frequent feedings.

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When Limping is Not a Sign of Sheep Foot Rot
February 6, 2021 · · Sheep

Don’t you just love how sheep keep teaching us what we never knew we needed to know? The past lambing season was one in which I got an advanced education in “Sheep Feet 101.”

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Avoid Lambing Problems with This First Aid Contents Checklist
January 28, 2021 · · Sheep

Most of the time when you have lambing problems or experience a sheep illness emergency, the vet and local livestock supply stores are closed for the weekend, and sheep farm and ranch specialties dealers are days away by mail.

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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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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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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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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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