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Portable Milking Stanchion (pt. 2 the Rest of the Story)

Portable Milking Stanchion (pt. 2 the Rest of the Story)

Last time I exlained why we went with the portable design, provided the materials list, and showed how to make the head gate for our portable milking stanchion (goto Part 1 here).  This time around we’re going to be talking about building the elevated milking platform, installing the head gate, and putting the whole thing together.  I’ll be sharing some tips, tricks, and tweaks that we came up with to optimize our design as well! Now onto the milking platform…….

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Building a Portable Milking Stanchion (pt. 1 The Headgate)

Building a Portable Milking Stanchion (pt. 1 The Headgate)

Being able to secure your cow while milking is one of those unique homestead pleasures that you don’t really appreciate until you have to try to do without.  I’ve tried milking out in the field, and while that 3 oz of fresh milk was delicious it was a far cry from being anything that I wanted to attempt on a larger scale!  That’s why when we made the leap to in house homestead dairy production one of the first things…

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Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup!

Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup!

I couldn’t decide whether to go with a Homestead Health segment on this one or Preserving the Harvest….elderberry syrup can literally go into either category!  I extolled the virtues of the humble elderberry in my last post, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to hear how beneficial it can be for your health.  Elderberry syrup is a traditional preventative and cure for both colds and flu.   The juice is naturally high in vitamins A, B, and C to stimulate…

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On the Birthday of Blessed Mary — Traditional Catholic Priest

On the Birthday of Blessed Mary — Traditional Catholic Priest

On today’s feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Augustine writes in the old Divine Office: “Dearly beloved brethren, the day for which we have longed, the Feast-day of the Blessed and venerable and Ever-Virgin Mary, that day is come. Let our land laugh and sing with merriment, bathed in the glory of this great… via On the Birthday of Blessed Mary — Traditional Catholic Priest

A Case for Raw Milk…(Slide Show)

A Case for Raw Milk…(Slide Show)

Raw milk has gotten a bad rap over the years!  The good folks over at RealMilk.com and the Weston A. Price Foundation are on a crusade to change that.  Here’s a nice educational slide show laying out the benefits of raw milk consumption and the case against pasteurization…

New Look for the TCH Website!

New Look for the TCH Website!

We’ve changed the look of our site, added some new functionality, and just cleaned things up a bit!  Check it out, and let us know what you think!   Leave some comments, we’re always open for suggestions…

Soil Restoration Techniques (Mercola Video)

Soil Restoration Techniques (Mercola Video)

Good soil health is essential to growing the most nutritious and disease resistant crops possible.  Here at the Traditional Catholic Homestead we are passionate about our soil, its health, and the benefits that can be had as a result.  We work tirelessly at improving our soils and try to learn as much as we can towards achieving that goal.  I stumbled across this Dr. Mercola video (thanks Mollie!) where he interviews Hendrikus Schraven of Hendrikus Organics about his various techniques…

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Homestead Healing…Wound Salve

Homestead Healing…Wound Salve

Our trusty family milk cow, Dori, came to us with a wound near her udder that just doesn’t want to fully heal.  She’s healthy, happy, and producing well, but it’s been a couple months, a vet visit, and a few hundred gallons of milk and the pesky sore just doesn’t want to finish healing up.  We don’t generally resort to antibiotics for this sort of thing, and we need the milk so we’re trying multiple routes to get her healed…

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Musing on the Apocalypse — Traditional Catholic Priest

Musing on the Apocalypse — Traditional Catholic Priest

I don’t know when Jesus is going to return in glory. I don’t even think that Satan knows when Jesus is going to return in glory. But the angelic intellect (even a fallen one) is probably better at recognizing the signs that will precede Christ’s second coming (cf. St. Matthew ch. 24.) Is Satan going… via Musing on the Apocalypse — Traditional Catholic Priest

Homestead Update Aug 2016

Homestead Update Aug 2016

I know it’s been a while since we’ve put out some content, so I thought it would be appropriate to start things off again with a little homestead update: We’ve had a pretty busy spring, spent a lot of time working on our cattle systems, building fence, shifting paddocks, and trying to get the coriography of rotational grazing down.  We’ll be splitting the heard and putting the bulls out to breed the cows here shortly, and weening a heifer or…

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