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Protect Your Poultry With Livestock Guardian Dogs

Add to Favorites By Brenda M. Negri, Cinco Deseos Ranch LGDS – Free-ranging poultry is all the rage these days as cage-free eggs from “happier, healthier hens” bring premium market value and health …

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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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Protecting the Homestead From Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

Add to Favorites By Karin Deneke – It doesn’t make much difference where you live, chances are, sooner or later you will encounter rodents. Gnawing sounds coming from the void …

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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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Natural Aphids Control in Your Garden
March 14, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites If you are an avid gardener like I am, likely at some point you will have the need for aphids control. Aphids are a common garden pest …

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How to Get Rid of Bagworms
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites You may be wondering how to get rid of bagworms that you’re finding on trees in your yard. The first step is to make sure what you’re …

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IPM: An Ideal Approach to Natural Pest Control in Gardens and Farms

Add to Favorites By John Hibma – Pests and diseases are an unavoidable reality in agriculture. In this immensely diverse biosystem that we call Earth, humans must share with other …

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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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To Shoe Or Not To Shoe Your Horses

Add to Favorites By Bryan Farcus Thinking back 15 or 20 years ago who would have imaged that we would have all this information at our fingertips? Just click-on to the …

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Wintertime Hoof Care For Horses

Add to Favorites By Bryan Farcus MA, CJP; ©2007-2014 “Farrier-Friendly” Series It’s that time of year, once again, and I’m finding that the evening chores at the barn are getting a …

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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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Raising Elk Provides Something For Everyone
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Travis Lowe’s family has been a member of the North American Elk Breeders Association since 1991. Lowe, the executive director for the past two years, says that …

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