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Working Like A Dog

Add to Favorites By Kenny Coogan For hundreds of years, dogs have worked with humans in mutually beneficial relationships. Historically and presently, dogs help us hunt, protect our homes, kill vermin …

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A Field Guide to Common Owl Species
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Many of us have resident owls on our farm and wonder what kind of owl species we are hosting. This field guide shows identifying features and behaviors …

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Adventures in Orange Oil Ant Killer

Add to Favorites By Lisa Jansen Discovering my orange oil ant killer was a triumphant epiphany after a lengthy battle with ants. I’m an old farm girl. As a child, …

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How to Get Rid of a Skunk Smell on a Dog

Add to Favorites How to get rid of a skunk smell on a dog is something many of us have unfortunately wondered. Whether it’s your livestock guardian dog or your family …

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Backyard Bugs: Identifying Insects for Good
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Creep, nuisance, vermin, trouble, and costly are synonymous when identifying insects. It’s a shame, too, because without insects, our world would be very different. Yes, we may …

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Humanely Trapping Raccoons, Foxes, Skunks and More

Add to Favorites By Ronnie Ashmore, West Virginia – A family farm, homestead, or just your little backyard herd are all susceptible to predation. There are many four-legged animals just sneaking …

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How to Make a Scarecrow That Actually Works

Add to Favorites By Nathan Griffith – The best yields and the best quality of corn come from planting short-, mid- and long-season varieties all at once, not from planting …

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Natural Pest Control for Gardens and Farmsteads

Add to Favorites By John Blum – An “ecosystem” can be very large or very small. The (ecological) system needed to support a colony of bacteria may be a pound of …

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How to Get Rid of Rats

Add to Favorites By Cynthia Smith (Veterinarian in Washington) – I hate rats. I hate the way they dig dirty holes in my nice clean barns. I hate the squishy way …

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It’s Time to Milk the Cows!
March 14, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites What makes a farmer decide to begin a dairy farming project? For some, it is a strong history. The early mornings milking the herd, processing the milk …

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Holistic Management On A Pasture Dairy

Add to Favorites By Heather Smith Thomas Ron Holter is the fifth generation on a dairy farm near Jefferson, Maryland, in Middletown Valley. “The land was originally purchased in 1889 by my great-great-granddad,” he …

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A Second-Chance for Horses
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites By Shirley Kelly, Colorado The Horse Sanctuary Mission offers horses a second chance to be cared for, nurtured, and valued, and to provide shelter and humane treatment …

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Become a Horse Farmer
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Ralph Rice is about to live his life-long dream — to become a full-time horse farmer. At age 56 years, Ralph is on target to retire from …

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Managing the Scourge of Scours
March 14, 2019 · · Cattle

Add to Favorites Byline Dr. Kevin Hill, Merck Animal Health Getting calves off to a good start in the first few weeks of life can have a major impact on …

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Managing Parasites Around the Farm
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites If you are part of the growing trend of urban farming, hobby farming, or small to mid-scale farming you already know that there are many responsibilities. You …

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