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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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Livestock Guardian Dogs For the Homestead

Livestock Guardian Dogs For the Homestead

Here in the remote reaches of North-Central Idaho raising livestock, like chickens, pigs, sheep or even cattle can be quite the ordeal!  It is part of our moral responsibility to give our animals the best possible life until it comes time to harvest.  Each species requires different elements for them to express their unique God given pigness or cowness or chickness… or whatever, but one thing they all have in common is not being eaten or harassed by predators before…

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Catholic Prayer for Planting Crops

Catholic Prayer for Planting Crops

With Spring in full swing and the Easter season upon us the minds of many country folk are inevitably drawn to the seasonal rebirth of the land as it awakens from its winter dormancy.  I know some of you will already have your gardens and crops in full production mode, but we’re not so lucky up north here!  We’re still a month or so out from planting time (for the most cold tolerant and hardy crops), but the mind does…

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Sprouted Grain Chicken Ration (Video)

Sprouted Grain Chicken Ration (Video)

We’ve stopped feeding the ground, pelitized rations and switched to a predominantly sprouted feed protocol for all of our chickens (meat and layers) this winter.  I was tired of the prices for the industrial rations along with mysteries of what those mixes contain.  I shot a couple quick videos showing our fodder sprouting system along with a description of our total feed regimine.  Enjoy…

Dynamic Accumulators: Add These Versatile Plants to your Spring Seed Wish List

Dynamic Accumulators: Add These Versatile Plants to your Spring Seed Wish List

Spring Garden Seed Wish List…Dynamic Accumulators! I’ve made mention in previous posts about utilizing dynamic accumulators as a method to heal your soil and combat unwanted plants (AKA weeds) in your homestead garden and pastures.  You can check out my musings on Soil Health and Combating Canadian Thistle without chemicals by following the links.  Today I thought I would retouch on the theory behind dynamic accumulators, and provide you with a nice list of plants along with the nutrients/minerals they…

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Day 2, Halter Training the Heifer (Video)

Day 2, Halter Training the Heifer (Video)

I had to work today ( unfortunately off the homestead! )  so the girls got out and played cowboy!  They got the halter the rest of the way on Beatrice our American Milking Devon heifer and future milk cow.  They got it done way faster than I could have, and really did a heck of a job!…. Before: After: Looks like I might have a cowgirl on my hands….or at least a milkmaid!

(Video)Halter Training the Heifer…Day 1

(Video)Halter Training the Heifer…Day 1

Well its the middle of winter, and since I can’t get a whole heck of a lot done on the land, I decided it might be a good time to start the process of halter breaking our Milking Devon heifer Beatrice.  The wife and I went out and slapped the halter on her, and we’ll you’ll see…  

Making your own Probiotics at Home

Making your own Probiotics at Home

5 Homestead Probiotics You can Make Yourself! Well the science is in folks, and has been for some time!  Probiotics are essential to maintaining a healthy gut, and strong immune system.  A properly functioning digestive system is the key to good health.  You can grow, purchase, and eat all of the organic, mineral dense, beyond awesome food you want, but if you are not digesting and absorbing those nutrients then it is all for naught.  The same can be said…

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Homestead Soil Health: Dr. Elaine Ingham (video)

Homestead Soil Health: Dr. Elaine Ingham (video)

The soil is the foundation of hemegrown, homestead nutrition.  For us to thrive we need to have healthy nutrient dense food, and the same is true of our livestock and gardens.  Our food and its nutrition is hands down the best medicine we can get.  All of this starts with having in place a properly functioning soil web, that will nourish our soil microbes (beneficial bacteria and fungi, etc.).  Dr Elaine Ingham is recognized as the foremost authority in this…

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