How to Calculate the Winter Forage Needs of Your Livestock

Calculate Winter Forage Needs After a summer drought, winter-forage management can be difficult for farmers who keep livestock, but some foresight and planning can help eliminate a forage shortage.

Discover five cattle breeds that make great dual- and triple purpose livestock for your small farm.

Cattle Breeds for the Small Farm - Animals - GRIT Magazine

Discover five cattle breeds that make great dual- and triple purpose livestock for your small farm.

Farm life. #farm #goats

Farm life. #farm #goats

Post by contributor, Marissa.  When we moved across the country to a tiny community in rural Nova Scotia, we bought our seven and a half acres with a big old duplex farm house without having seen it other than a video and pictures.  With grand - if slightly vague - dreams of our own cow and

Farming with Children: Thoughts from a Novice Homesteader

How to Build a Hay Feeder for Smaller Livestock

How to Build a Hay Feeder for Smaller Livestock - Farm and Garden - GRIT Magazine

How to Build a Hay Feeder for Smaller Livestock - Farm and Garden - GRIT Magazine briar

A great resource to help you give vaccines or injections to your livestock, whether it’s for a commercial cattle operation or a single dose to a dog, cat, or horse, you’ll learn something.

Check out our simple steps and advice on how to safely and correctly label, store, and administer injections for your livestock.

natural fly repellent for cattle -  one cup vegetable oil, two cups vinegar, one cup water and one tablespoon essential oil (eucalyptus, mint, citrus or citronella). Mix well

Natural Fly Repellent for Cattle

natural fly repellent for cattle - one cup vegetable oil, two cups vinegar, one cup water and one tablespoon essential oil (eucalyptus, mint, citrus or citronella).

A collection of the very best advice for new cow owners, from some of my favorite homestead bloggers.

What Every Cow Owner Should Know

The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising and Selling Ethical Meat

The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising and Selling Ethical Meat by Rebecca Thistlethwaite

How To Raise Calves - What To Expect When You Start Raising Your Own Herd Of Calves

Strong calf muscles will increase your endurance and your ability to perform many forms of exercise, such as hiking and biking.

Three Ways to Gauge Pastured Livestock Health – From MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine.

Three Ways to Gauge Pastured Livestock Health – Homesteading and Livestock

Three Ways to Gauge Pastured Livestock Health - Image: Check Livestock Rumen Fill

Dexter cow (a smaller breed).  Eats half as much, produces 2 gallons a day, and you can raise the calf each year for beef. Dexters will yield 250 pounds at 12 months, and 475 to 500 pounds at 24 months, dressing at about 60 percent of their live weight.  NOTE: PLEASE talk to someone who has raised Dexter before buying, because there are reasons farmers don't raise them!

Dexter cow (a smaller breed). Eats half as much, produces 2 gallons a day, and you can raise the calf each year for beef. Dexters will yield 250 pounds at 12 months, and 475 to 500 pounds at 24 months, dressing at about 60 percent of their live weight.

There's an art to buying and selling cows. But there can also be a gamble. Here are some pro's and con's for you to consider when buying cows and then selling them.

The Best Time To Buy And Sell Cows

There's an art to buying and selling cows. But there can also be a gamble. Here are some pro's and con's for you to consider when buying cows and then selling them.

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