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Facts About Lambing With Hair Sheep Breeds
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites By Bill Hoag – Through the years I’ve learned that ewes of hair sheep breeds generally are excellent mothers and easy natural lambers. These facts and tips for how …

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Rigged Sheep Hand Shears: Two-Pack for Two Jobs
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites By Nathan Griffith – We got a two-pack of fully rigged Rosa-brand sheep hand shears in April, reportedly made in South Africa, sent to us by Allen …

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Cider Vinegar to Treat White Muscle Disease
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites By Laurie Ball-Gisch – The summer of 2002 was the first time I encountered White Muscle Disease in our flock of purebred Icelandic sheep. It affected two …

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Wondering What to Feed Sheep? How about Field Corn!
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites By Kimberly Thimmig – If you’re wondering what to feed sheep to save a little money and reduce waste on your homesteading land, then let me tell you …

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Raise Meat Sheep Breeds to Boost Profits
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites By Dr. Elizabeth Ferraro – There is a growing trend today away from the very large sheep ranches specializing in meat sheep breeds toward an increasing number …

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Raising Sheep For Profit: A Cattle Man’s View
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites By Thayne Mackey – Sheep are a wonderful little beast. They provide food, fiber and all manner of agitation. This keeps the blood flowing and the arteries …

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Secrets of Raising Katahdin Sheep
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites By John Kirchhoff – For many people, mentioning hair sheep evokes either “I wouldn’t have anything else” or a “No way would I have them” response. My wife …

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Raising Sheep For Profit: How to Sell Raw Fleece
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites By Bonnie Sutten – When I first started raising sheep for profit, raw fleece sales were on the bottom of my priority list. I thought that if …

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Raising Sheep: Buying and Caring for Your First Flock
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

Add to Favorites By Marvin R. Gray – So you’ve moved to the country and have been thinking about raising sheep on your five or 10 acres. Perhaps you have only limited …

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How to Grow Peppers and Varieties to Try
March 1, 2019 · · Growing

Unknown in the old world before Columbus, capsicums were brought to Europe by the Spaniards. Then their cultivation spread across the globe.

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How to Keep a Pumpkin From Rotting so it Lasts All Season
March 1, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites By Drea Damara – I used to run a produce business and this time of year as people searched our stock for the pumpkins they chose to …

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How to Make a Cheap Greenhouse

Add to Favorites 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 …

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DIY Grey Water System for an Off-Grid Homestead
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

This simple DIY grey water system is such a great way to recycle precious water while saving lots of money! When I moved into my partner’s owner-built, off-grid homestead in the woods, it had an outhouse, a deep well with a hand pump, and a kitchen sink with no running water and a five-gallon bucket under the open drain.

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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