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Short run farm fencing and gates

Most rural properties these days have little fencing. Perhaps a pasture will be fenced in, or a garden here or there to try and keep deer out, but usually there are no fences around main fields or around the homestead … Continue reading

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Ghee and its uses

There are many good tutorials on how to make Ghee from butter out there. It is a pretty straightforward process. What is not commonly appreciated is the utility of Ghee and its importance to the small scale farmer or homesteader. … Continue reading

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Blog Hiatus

I have a lot going on now, and probably will post again sometime this summer.

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Cleaning Blackpowder Muzzleloading Rifles

Backpowder fouling is different from smokeless powder fouling or metallic bullet fouling. One of the major differences is that smokeless powder almost completely combusts within the barrel leaving just a very light varnish (not water soluble) residue and possibly lead … Continue reading

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Rotations

Rotations can be quite particular. What may work well in one place may not work well in another, or may work only in certain years. The key to finding a rotation that works well for you is putting together certain … Continue reading

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A better way to kill chickens

Laying hens eventually need to be killed. After a couple of years, as the number of ova in them decreases, they lay less and less frequently, yet eat as much or nearly as much food as a productive hen in … Continue reading

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From Corn Fields to Pastures

A process we undertook a few years ago, which is considered challenging by some, was to convert a continuous cornfield into a pasture/hayfield. There are certain challenges to be appreciated here. The first is that if it has been a … Continue reading

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