5/14/2013 11:20:24 AM
Learn about the different types of fences that keep animals in and out, and the benefits of good fences.
5/6/2013 6:55:23 PM
Mrs. D shears her llamas and talks Mabel the dairy cow into having another calf.
4/24/2013 11:11:21 AM
Learn how to make hay by hand and you can feed your animals throughout the winter.
3/27/2013 3:59:57 PM
Organic farming is possible even with a small piece of land.
3/14/2013 11:33:57 AM
A mother and father's passion for small farming is reflected in their children's hearts when the little ones begin asking more questions and looking for more opportunities to be involved in working alongside their parents.
2/18/2013 2:55:02 PM
Try these six recipes to enjoy your farm-fresh eggs and stewing hens. You can use these tips for cooking with everything from excess eggs and heritage turkeys.
1/26/2013 9:09:15 PM
Living the farm life means constantly learning new things! Here are a few new lessons we have learned since taking on the country life two years ago. Covering dirty pigs, farm smells, cats, and more!
1/23/2013 11:22:30 AM
Which came first, the Eggs or the Bacon? Livestock namin' isn't above a little whimsical reflection. I aim to 'keep it real' should I ever enter the wild and woolly world of 4H...
1/9/2013 12:16:25 PM
Hank is thrilled about Shannon Hayes' latest book: Long Way On A Little
1/3/2013 8:30:55 AM
Summer and Fall brought piglets and fishing while winter brought a new Dexter calf. In addition new guides to raising chickens and cattle were released on Amazon.
12/4/2012 3:40:58 PM
These heritage goose and duck breeds will benefit you and your farm.
11/29/2012 11:12:23 AM
In a prototype facility, environmentally and economically friendly geothermal energy is now keeping turkeys comfortable during both cold and hot weather. The geothermal system reduces utilities costs for the farmer, which could bring down the price of turkey meat and keep America as the world’s top turkey exporter. Using geothermal also improves the bird’s air quality.
11/28/2012 9:51:58 AM
Montana dude ranch an homage to the cattle industry and the American cowboy.
11/26/2012 4:40:30 PM
Youngster’s first job consisted of looking after beef cattle, turkeys and geese, and he needed advice to herd poultry.
10/30/2012 10:45:19 AM
From choosing the right horse breed to finding a reliable farrier, these Hank’s Hints for a new horse owner will set you on the right path to equine companionship.
10/29/2012 11:32:05 AM
These self-sufficient heritage meat sheep breeds can provide marketable meat, land management, and maybe even wool or milk.
10/18/2012 11:07:37 AM
This spring garden guide is complete with tips and adventures from the staff at Sunset Magazine. Read along as they prepare a spring feast from their one-block garden, brew beer, treat broody hens, hand milk their Jersey cow and navigate honeybee swarm season.
9/25/2012 10:56:28 PM
Here we talk about a few of the most commonly heard myths these days in regards to barnyard critters. Do alpacas make good guardians? Can you keep turkeys with chickens? Are pigs dirty? Do alpacas spit? And many more!
9/21/2012 3:31:08 PM
Enter the sweet world of Cheshire Farm Alpacas!
9/17/2012 5:01:23 PM
This past weekend we went to the Isle of Wight County Fair. Come along with me and see the sights!
8/23/2012 11:16:53 AM
Five striking heritage breeds of livestock such as the Belted Galloway, Nigerian Dwarf goat, Clydesdale horse and more for your small farm.
7/28/2012 11:06:53 AM
Country living: it's all about the fresh country air. Or, is it?
7/26/2012 4:12:59 PM
The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy sets their annual conference to spotlight rare breeds, sustainable farming practices, small-farm businesses and more!
7/24/2012 7:39:59 PM
Heat and drought proved to be an interesting combination on the Niles farm.
6/25/2012 3:37:43 PM
Disaster planning ahead of time can help you prevent emergency situations from turning into disasters.
6/25/2012 2:45:47 PM
Keep your animals comfortable when the heat’s on with tips for summer livestock management.
6/16/2012 12:32:10 AM
A quiet joyride in the country observing baby animals leads to some frightening algebra equations on how many will actually FIT on 2.5 acres. Galavanting included.
6/4/2012 10:34:23 AM
Spring has brought geese to Biggers' Farm, Gertie the pig is expecting, more work on the small house, and Biggers' Farm publishes a book on raising pastured pigs that is now available on Kindle.
5/16/2012 2:05:56 PM
The guiding principles developed by Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm have made the business both successful and ethical.
5/16/2012 11:56:41 AM
A livestock guardian dog is on the job 24-7. Callie the Maremma Sheepdog tells a little about her day watching over people, livestock, and the property she calls home.
5/9/2012 4:57:57 PM
Springtime brings new animal babies to the farm. At our farm we have little piglets and broody hens awaiting tiny chicks.
4/24/2012 11:26:30 AM
I question my reponses to previous situations.
4/16/2012 11:20:01 AM
Learn everything you need to know about raising alpacas, including buying, feeding, breeding and much more.
4/13/2012 4:04:15 PM
Hay is a lot of work for grown ups, but it sure is fun for kids!
4/10/2012 5:40:54 PM
What is a livestock guardian dog? How are livestock guardians different from other farm dogs? Find out in this exclusive interview with Maremma Sheepdog Augie.
4/10/2012 11:16:08 AM
First-of-its-kind workshop aims to teach veterans and others about heritage breed agriculture.
4/4/2012 1:29:45 PM
Animal interactions on the farm can be entertaining, touching, and enlightening. Here's a little bit about how horses, cows, and chickens communicate and interact.
4/3/2012 5:00:48 PM
Spring came early to the mountains, which means lots of work, such as flooring and animal rearing.
3/27/2012 9:48:50 AM
Visit the ALBC’s website to learn more about the most recent ALBC animal conservation list.
3/21/2012 12:11:57 PM
AgLocal, a meat-to-table online marketplace connecting independent farms and producers with the demand of businesses and consumers, was selected as a finalist in the 4th annual SXSW Accelerator presented by Microsoft BizSpark.
3/6/2012 12:09:13 PM
A Snap-Shot of Endangered Livestock and Poultry Breeds in the United States
2/29/2012 9:38:14 AM
Improved version of the illustrated guide now offers information on more than 163 breeds and varieties of chickens.
2/13/2012 12:07:47 PM
A sampling of the ups and downs of life in the country. The highs and lows of the rural living adventure.
2/13/2012 9:55:04 AM
Here we describe what all activities are going on lately at Ans Farms. From delivering slaughter pigs and hatching chicks, to adding new livestock guardians and making watermelon radishes. We have been busy!
1/27/2012 9:42:01 AM
These rare breeds need engaged stewards to survive.
1/16/2012 11:54:51 PM
After recently being asked how many animals we had, we had to do a quick inventory before answering! Here is your chance to meet some of our critters here on the farm. See pictures of our favorite critters, and some of the kids too!
1/5/2012 8:43:42 AM
Marvelous Mabel, the Dancing Jersey Milk Cow, goes looking for excitement on the Other Side of the Fence.
12/1/2011 12:11:34 PM
New formula for turkey feed reduces feed costs by 10 percent.
10/9/2011 8:34:06 AM
The Diva was not too keen on having rabbits in NJ until we actually moved to the farm, but the MWM would not be put off. She rationalized to herself, “How noisy could a couple of rabbits be anyway?”
10/7/2011 1:42:47 PM
In this article about home meat curing, learn how to make summer sausage, snack sticks, homemade salami and even high-temperature cheese.
10/6/2011 3:36:43 PM
These tidbits about farm animal intelligence — goats that do math, cows with social skills and chickens that play tic-tac-toe — may surprise you. Do you have Einstein on your farm?
9/25/2011 7:53:47 AM
Caleb gets to put on some rubber boots and get down in the dirt with livestock at the 2011 Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania.
9/16/2011 11:16:53 AM
Panicked ferryman shoves team and wagon filled with used farm implements and household goods into river.
9/16/2011 11:09:28 AM
Lead team of horses pulls out team and covered wagon floundering in stream.
9/10/2011 10:54:38 AM
The Diva says we need to wake up and start acting like a family! Coming out of this disaster of an economy, on the heels of an attack like 9/11, will depend on the survival of the farmer -- large or small. America needs to get back to its roots.
8/30/2011 11:30:27 AM
A rodeo champion – and million-dollar earning cowboy – offers his top five tips to improve your practice sessions as you work on your roping skills for next year’s county fair.
8/12/2011 4:19:06 PM
Ox team and covered wagon days were exciting, says one who lived through them.
8/10/2011 1:02:53 PM
Members of the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) are inviting the public to visit their farms and ranches on National Alpaca Farm Days on September 24th and 25th, 2011.
8/5/2011 3:52:24 PM
Bellowing, long-horn cattle follow Kansas pioneer home.
8/5/2011 3:40:01 PM
Young mother waves red-checkered tablecloth to divert cattle stampede away from garden and home.
8/5/2011 3:25:51 PM
A roar warns young woman of impending doom, as she and child hide in covered wagon.
8/5/2011 12:24:54 PM
Recollections include herding livestock across Nebraska to Colorado.
8/3/2011 7:19:42 PM
Harvest season is upon us at Biggers' Farm, plus Linda Lou's baby, and Funny Farm Stories from readers.
7/29/2011 12:25:55 PM
Indian offers ponies for daughter during family's trek herding cattle.
7/22/2011 3:38:57 PM
Colorado settlers and family members all stuck together and worked together to make it in Moffat County, Colorado.
7/12/2011 9:10:19 AM
Benny the Dexter calf gets halter broke, new pastured pigs, and your chance to win a HD Video Camera courtesy of Purina for reading this blog and submitting your farm story. Read blog for more info!
6/20/2011 3:25:13 PM
Musings from this morning's chores on Dream Come True Farm.
6/13/2011 6:19:32 AM
Sculptor and architect Charlie Partin has created a revolutionary design for an earth-sheltered barn that may bring a much-needed wave of sustainability, energy efficiency, health and beauty to farms as they raise swine and poultry to feed the world.
6/12/2011 10:23:35 AM
I have spent the past few weeks while its been raining worning on my own custom blended wool batts for spinning into yarn. Making the best out of a rainy spring in Connecticut!
5/10/2011 12:55:42 PM
The fourth annual Tour de Coop takes place this weekend in Fort Collins, allowing
participants to visit local backyard chicken coops during a leisurely bike
5/5/2011 3:05:34 PM
It's common bee safety knowledge that bees are defensive by nature, so don't set off their warning bells is one beekeeping for beginners tip.
5/5/2011 2:51:19 PM
Acquisition adds Corona, Lexol, and Horseman’s Dream to growing Manna Pro Products umbrella.
4/27/2011 5:07:25 PM
HealthyCoat® is the highest quality available and a highly digestible source of Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids, Vitamin E and Lecithin, fortified with Niacin, Biotin and Vitamin B12.
4/22/2011 3:25:20 PM
Making sausage with venison, pork and beef ends well, in the form of 10 pounds of summer sausage and 5 pounds of snack sticks.
4/18/2011 11:23:56 AM
By living off the land, one couple's hard work pays off to help make life rewarding.
4/5/2011 3:13:47 PM
state group to host an all-day workshop focused on all things goat.
3/22/2011 2:57:57 PM
professor and veterinarian develops objective method to evaluate how lame a
horse might be and where the malady occurs.
2/4/2011 2:05:00 PM
Ten compelling reasons to encourage beekeeping for beginners.
1/18/2011 12:56:06 PM
Winter is probably most people's least favorite time to farm. Here are some tips to make life easier when the ground is white.
12/29/2010 12:48:00 PM
Christmas brought a winter storm to Western North Carolina.
12/8/2010 11:26:01 AM
Publication turns spotlight on young farmers restoring rural America.
12/1/2010 4:19:01 PM
Rotational grazing is one of the best ways to increase the efficiency on your farm, but for those of us who out outside the farm, we need a grazing system to work for us. Here's how.
10/26/2010 2:56:46 PM
How can you do so much on a backyard farm with a full-time job and family? Learn to reduce and reorganize your labor.
10/6/2010 4:32:43 PM
Temporary electric fences are easy on the animals, easy on the land and easy on you.
8/31/2010 12:29:26 PM
National Alpaca Farm Days offers an opportunity for the public to visit a nearby farm or ranch and learn more about the fascinating alpaca.
8/19/2010 1:32:50 PM
A letter from Flicka reminds Cactus Jack of why he loves his DOR and natural horsemanship.
8/12/2010 11:28:04 AM
We're rethinking our farm life.
6/14/2010 10:49:23 AM
Algae effects may be the next best thing to help reverse water pollution from livestock manure.
6/1/2010 3:53:07 PM
In Manna Pro’s Saddle Up For Summer sweepstakes, open through January 2011, three lucky horse owners will win saddles of their choice.
3/23/2010 12:16:19 PM
Recognizing the growing number backyard chicken flocks, Manna Pro and Grit want to educate both new and experienced poultry owners about the importance of raising healthy chicks.
3/16/2010 3:40:38 PM
The danger of extinction threatens domestic livestock and poultry breeds, as well as wildlife.
2/23/2010 3:52:50 PM
Research by Agricultural Research Service scientists shows Chinese bush clover helps goats and other ruminants fight off a nasty nematode.
2/23/2010 3:34:14 PM
Sign-up for the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy’s new electronic newsletter is open to the public.
2/4/2010 10:28:35 AM
Hank reports on an exciting photo contest and webinar series at Manna Pro.
2/2/2010 11:52:37 AM
Manna Pro celebrates the arrival of young farm animals with ‘Baby Your Babies’
1/7/2010 12:30:23 PM
Hank reflects on his first bitter cold Kansas day.
12/29/2009 4:09:35 PM
Hank has a wonderful white Christmas in 2009.
12/7/2009 3:15:24 PM
Whatever the type of livestock you keep, expect some to find fascination with the other side of the fence.
12/1/2009 12:54:36 PM
Steps for killing and processing your own turkey.
9/8/2009 3:32:11 PM
Making biodegradable flowerpots is just one way to recycle discarded chicken feathers, according to the Agricultural Research Service.