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Countryside Contributor

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The Lincoln Longwool Sheep
October 5, 2021 · · Sheep

Canadian Kate Michalska is farming the endangered Lincoln Longwool sheep as a conservation project but says their meat is lovely and mild to eat.

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Your Guide to Dairy and Beef Cattle Breeds
October 5, 2021 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Springing Through Fall and Winter With Cover Crops
September 29, 2021 · · Growing

Cover crops are named because of the role they play in preserving soil health. They cover the ground to reduce exposure and the negative impacts that come with it.

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Hunting for Food in the Wild
September 29, 2021 · · Self-Reliance

Recent food shortages at grocery stores around the country got me thinking. In this age of pandemics, when the food supply we’ve taken for granted is suddenly disrupted, having the ability to stock your freezer with wild game during hunting season is a comforting thought.

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Prevent Sheep Bloat by Managing Your Flock
September 27, 2021 · · Sheep

“What does a bloated sheep look like?” was the question on the phone late Sunday evening. The question brought back some nightmarish images to my mind from the first time I saw sheep bloat:

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Winter Cover Crops And Green Manure Strategies
September 23, 2021 · · 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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Using Natural Fertilizers on the Homestead
September 15, 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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Dexter Cattle – The Ideal Family Cow
September 13, 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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Sea Buckthorn: It Started With a Prayer
September 8, 2021 · · Growing

Studies have shown sea buckthorn is able to actually remove cholesterol from arteries. The seed and berry oil are used topically after radiation exposure due to medical treatments, accidental exposure or severe frostbite/sunburn.

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Heritage Sheep Breeds: Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em
September 3, 2021 · · Sheep

Heritage sheep are rare, but their wool is special. The Livestock Conservancy’s new Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em project is focusing fiber artists on using rare breed wool and yarns to draw attention to their unusual and fine qualities.

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Are Rams Dangerous? Not With Proper Management.
August 31, 2021 · · Sheep

Many people who are interested in keeping sheep hesitate because they have heard that rams are dangerous and hard to keep. So, are rams dangerous?

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DIY Rotel-Style Tomatoes and Fish House Relish

Do you ever end up with so many tomatoes that you start running out of ideas of what to use them for? Worry no more!

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Beginning Blacksmithing

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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Artisanal Sheep Cheese: Shepherds Manor Creamery Part 2 of 2
August 22, 2021 · · Sheep

The Histons considered producing “mixed milk” cheese (where goat or cow milk is added to the sheep milk), but have found that their niche in sheep is what makes them stand out. All of the artisanal sheep cheese produced at Shepherds Manor Creamery is made from 100% sheep milk.

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Building Our Debt-Free Home

We had been married for six years when we became debt-free. Like many couples starting out we had a vehicle loan, a loan for our mobile home, and a few other debts.

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