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Sealing a pond with pigs

Our American Mulefoot hogs are tramping their way through our pasture, paddock by paddock… tilling the soil, uprooting rocks and stumps, and sealing our pond! We have what was once a pond. My older cousins tell me they remember ice … Continue reading

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Growing fodder for the homestead

Feed cost is the biggest ongoing expense for a farmer. So any time he/she can reduce feed costs, even by a little, he/she will do so, if he/she is smart. I’ve been researching ways to cut our feed costs, and … Continue reading

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title=”Milking Once A Day”>Milking Once A Day This is a fabulous article I found, which gave us encouragement that milking a cow need not take up our entire lives!

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Kaiser Ozark the Mouser

I’m so proud of my pup. He’s really the best pup. Oh, I know he has some excitability issues; we’re working on that. And he does occasionally pull clothes off the line; we’re working on that. And every once in … Continue reading

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The deer can’t see me

The season begins one week from today. Well, allow me to clarify. As of this morning, snot-nosed 6-year-olds who can barely shoulder a rifle are filling the Missouri forests, bringing down all the big bucks I’ll never see. I kid. … Continue reading

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The Road to Raw Milk, or, Gertie’s Gettin’ Knocked Up

There are two ways to get a cow pregnant. 1) Identify when the cow is in “standing heat” — when she’ll stand and let a bull breed her — and then put her in a chute, and pay a professional … Continue reading

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Ruminating: bovine pregnancy, goat hernias, and fall gardens

Fall’s cool whispers are winding their way through the Ozark hills. They remind us that summer is not forever and redemption is like rain. The Midwest Dust Bowl of 2012 is beginning to subside, and the newly moistened soil beckons … Continue reading

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Baby Chicks!

New life has emerged on the farm! Yesterday, our hens’ hard work (and surely sore bottoms) finally paid off, and we are happy to report that the chicks are hatching! If I remember correctly, we placed at least six eggs … Continue reading

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Stovaries — a poultry poem

The year’s longest day, And the chickens won’t lay. Oh, Biddies! — Has my wild shepherd pup Plugged your ovaries up? Are you hiding your jewels Like prudence from fools? Are you molting? Revolting? May I offer some jolting: I’M … Continue reading

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Two Dozen Biddies

Yesterday was chicken killing day. We started at 11AM. We finished at 7PM. I say “we” – Kate helped for about half the time, but also had to tend Saylor and then go help at the church for a while. … Continue reading

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