Artificial Insemination is No Bull (Literally)

Most homesteaders dream of having their own cow to provide fresh milk and dairy products for the whole family. The challenge is, a milk cow must become pregnant before she can lactate, and that means you’re going to need a bull—unless you use artificial insemination (AI).

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How to Build a Portable Pig Feeder
July 18, 2021 · · Pigs

In 2017, I raised two pigs as an experiment. I wanted to see how much work and cost goes into raising feeder pigs. The final cost of the pork was much lower then what the supermarket charges and the taste of the meat was superior.

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Evergreen Tree Care and Diseases
July 17, 2021 · · Growing

Learning the basics of evergreen tree care can yield a bounty of useful products for your homestead. In addition to shade, wind insulation, and oxygen production, various evergreens can yield nuts, edible buds, as well as inner bark and needles for tea.

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Black Raspberries (Rubus): 2020 Herb of the Year
July 17, 2021 · · Growing

The 2020 Herb of the Year is Rubus which not only includes black raspberries, but red raspberries, blackberries, and dewberries, too. I am going to specifically talk about black raspberries and how to grow, harvest, and store them.

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A Guide to Pepper Plant Diseases
July 17, 2021 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Hot, sweet, purple, yellow, wrinkly or bell – I love all peppers. If you find yourself wanting to harvest your peck of peppers, but are having trouble …

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Canning Green Beans to Enjoy Later
July 13, 2021 · · Canning & Kitchen

Canning green beans fresh from the garden, preserves the taste of summer. Once you know how to grow green beans, you will want to enjoy the fresh beans all year long.

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An Old Fashioned Mustard Pickles Recipe
July 13, 2021 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites What do you do with those renegade cucumbers that hide under the vine until suddenly they appear — huge and yellow? You could, of course, relegate them …

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Try My 7 Best Beet Recipes
July 13, 2021 · · Canning & Kitchen

I have been growing beets in my garden for a couple years now. They are so easy to grow!

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Best Dairy Sheep Breeds for a Farm
July 12, 2021 · · Sheep

There are a few dairy sheep breeds you could add to your farm. The East Friesian sheep is considered the best breed of dairy sheep by researchers.

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Build an Inexpensive Hay Shed

There are many ways to store hay and protect it from the weather, but some methods are more reliable than others. Some people put hay in their barns, but there is always the risk of fire when feed is stored in a barn, especially if hay is ever baled with too much moisture in it, causing fermentation and heating (which can lead to spontaneous combustion).

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