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TAG : Livestock

80 Fun Facts About Farm Animals

Photo courtesy of Getty Images/FooTToo Twenty things you ought to know about cowsCows love each other . . . at least some do.Cows babysit for each other.Cows nurse grudges.Cows invent games.Cows take umbrage.Cows can communicate with people.Cows can solve problems.Cows make friends for ...

Popular Chicken Breeds

A chicken is a chicken is a chicken, right? I used to think so, until very early in my relationship with a guy named Larry, when we entered the local feed store on our way back from a lunch date. When I set my eyes on the metal stock tanks full of peeping yellow balls of fluff, I was ...

Horsepower on Small Farms

Even while bigger and better technology seems to be overtaking every aspect of our world, there are those fighting for new, simple methods to maintain old traditions. Horse-Powered Farming for the 21st Century (Chelsea Green Publishing 2015), by Stephen Leslie, is the collaborative effort of ...

How to Make an Almost Cost-Free Livestock Feeder

My husband is the king of re-use. As a matter of fact, we are kind of amused at all the hoopla surrounding the renew-reuse-recycle movement. Successful ranchers, homesteaders and small farmers have made this a way of life for years if not centuries. Glad the rest of the world is catching up! I ...

Keeping Homestead Dairy Cows

With all the hype surrounding food safety and the hassles associated with obtaining unadulterated dairy products, it might be time to take matters into your own hands — with a little help from a dairy cow. Whether you’re tired of worrying about herbicides, pesticides and bovine growth ...

Lambing Season

Spring is right around the corner — or at least I hope it is — and new life will be springing up all over the farm. For a livestock farmer like me, that means lambs and calves should be dropping any time. This year, thanks to yet another fencing malfunction, we will have some lambs coming ...

Summer Fun Includes a Day at the Fair

For my family, summer fun comes in the form of going to the county fair. I can’t think of a place that offers more entertainment. I think what draws me to the fair is that it’s not just a place for fun and excitement in relation to the rides at an amusement park, but it’s also a place ...

Much Fun Had at Fairgrounds

In August 1969, I was a 10-year-old boy. When the Pickaway County Fair rolled around, Mom drove to the fair and parked in a parking lot across the street from the fairgrounds. Then we walked to the fair, where I had to immediately report for work — a four-hour shift at the Knights of Columbus ...

County Fair Memories

Summertime brings with it the annual county fair. From 4-H livestock exhibits to the thrill of carnival rides, many wonderful childhood memories were made at the fairgrounds. As you read the stories below, close your eyes and think back to your own county fair experiences. We’ll bet you still ...

Why Move to the Country

Hello, I'm Nana, and I live with Grandpa in the country on a little piece of land I call Nana's Ranch. Because I've only lived here full-time for a little more than a year, a lot of my blogs will be about discovery and overcoming things I never envisioned possible. How did we end up in the ...

Family in Great Smoky Mountains Hit Hard by the Civil War

Great-Grandmother was only 13 when the Civil War started, and soldiers often came to the area. The family lived in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. Times were hard, and with the menfolk gone off to war, it was about all my great-grandmother could do to rustle up ...

Caught Between North and South, Missouri Family Loses Livestock

Grandmother and her family lived in Missouri between the North and South. Soldiers from both armies would come by and eat everything they could find in the house. They would kill and eat a cow or calf, and what they couldn't eat, they took with them. The bushwhackers were worse than the ...

One-Block Feast: Spring Garden Plan

Based on the James-Beard-Award-winning One-Block Diet, The One-Block Feast (Ten Speed Press, 2011) is the ultimate guide to eating local. Complete with seasonal garden plans, menus, 100 recipes and 15 food projects, this guide explains how to raise and produce everything needed for totally ...

Ornery Livestock on the Family Farm

Unexpected things do happen on farms. It was wintertime and very cold. There was a lot of snow with a frozen crust. All livestock were given protection as much as possible. The cattle were bedded in the long cattle shed, which was open on the south side. Any sort of windbreak was a big help ...