About the Author

Janet Garman

Janet Garman is a farmer, writer, instructor, and fiber artist living in central Maryland on the family's farm. She loves all subjects related to small farms and homesteading. Raising chickens, ducks, sheep, and fiber goats led her to write her most recent books, 50 Do it Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens, (Skyhorse Publishing 2018) and The Good Living Guide to Raising Sheep and Other Fiber Animals, (Skyhorse Publishing -February 2019)
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Articles by Janet Garman

Pink Eye in Sheep: Treat or Let it Run its Course?
August 1, 2022 · · Sheep

During show season, pink eye in sheep can be a common livestock issue. Small ruminants easily transmit pink eye from one animal to the next.

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Sheep Breeds for Fiber, Meat, or Dairy
July 27, 2022 · · Sheep

There are numerous breeds in the world and raising sheep serves many purposes. Some sheep breeds lend themselves to provide the whole range of products, Rambouillet sheep, Dorset sheep, and some other sheep breeds are good providers of wool fiber, lambs, milk, and eventually, meat.

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How to Treat Foot Rot in Cattle, Goats, and Sheep
July 27, 2022 · · Cattle, Homesteading

Thrush and an overgrowth of yeast are often behind a case of foot rot in cattle and other livestock. Foot rot in cattle and all livestock needs to be taken care of as soon as possible.

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Sugar Water Manor: Owning and Operating a B and B Homestead
July 25, 2022 · · Homesteading

The current owners of Sugar Water Manor have refurbished, renovated, and restored the entire property and run a farm bed and breakfast here.

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How Do Blueberries Grow?
July 17, 2022 · · Growing

How do blueberries grow in my garden when there seems to be so much stacked against them? For the last few years, I have been enjoying homegrown blueberries.

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Solar Dyeing Wool Using Natural Plants
July 17, 2022 · · Homesteading

Solar dyeing wool with natural dyes is a simple procedure that yields beautiful results. The process is fairly safe, so the whole family can enjoy the experiment.

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How Much Hay Does a Cow Eat?
July 17, 2022 · · Cattle

After you unload the first cattle onto your property, your next biggest concern will be how to keep up with the demand for food. Knowing a

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How to Shear a Sheep and Other Fiber Animals
July 6, 2022 · · Sheep

Learning how to shear a sheep takes practice and time. Before you head out to buy sheep shearing supplies try to observe a professional sheep shearer and ask questions.

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How to Make a DIY Barrel Smoker
June 14, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

Barbecue competitors know all about building a DIY barrel smoker. Smokers can be built from many different humble beginnings.

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Buying a 4-H Pig – Making the Right Choice
June 14, 2022 · · Pigs

If only buying a 4-H pig breed was as easy as grabbing the first piglet you see and raising it to market weight! Wouldn’t that be hilarious and interesting?

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When to Add Perlite Soil to Container Gardens
May 27, 2022 · · Growing

Add to Favorites What in the world is perlite soil anyway? Is it organic? I do a lot of container gardening, especially with my herb plants. Since I try to …

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Hair Sheep Breeds – The Right Choice for You?
April 8, 2022 · · Sheep

Hair sheep breeds are growing in popularity as consumers look for economical ways to raise homestead meat animals. Hair breeds have many positive traits that make them an ideal animal for small farms, homesteads, and of course, larger commercial farms. If you have space to corral a few sheep, you can fill the freezer with a healthy alternative to beef and chicken.

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Cattle Shed Design for a Small Herd

The lure of the wide open range and the romance of ranching may entice you to search cattle breeds and cattle shed design ideas. You live on the east coast or some other busy area of the world.

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Downsizing as a Way to Continue the Homestead Lifestyle
March 12, 2022 · · Homesteading

Terry Garratt grew up knowing that she was going to live off the grid. Smaller scale is one way to continue the life she loves.

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Natural Dyes for Wool and Clothing
March 5, 2022 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Natural dyes for wool have been used for hundreds of years. Harvesting plants and extracting the color from the leaves, berries, and flowers is an enjoyable way to …

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