We’ve all heard of pH, whether we garden, raise crops, or manage pastures. We know that some plants like a more acidic soil, while some prefer a more alkali soil. But what exactly do acid and alkali mean? The pH scale measures the concentration of hydrogen ions in a dissolved substance. Pure water can be…… Continue reading What is pH?
Both internal and external parasites can be the bane of a livestock owner’s existence. They make your animals’ lives miserable, increase the risk of disease, reduce performance, and just look nasty. Unfortunately, drugs are proving to be increasingly ineffective as parasites adapt to modern chemicals. Isn’t there some natural remedy out there that will consistently…… Continue reading Diatomaceous Earth and Parasite Control
Having a field full of endophyte-infected fescue is not a good thing…but what is an endophyte? Why is it bad?
The number of breeds available to the homesteader or chicken enthusiast can be astounding. Just flip through a hatchery catalog. Who would have thought there were so many different kinds of chickens? To whittle down the options and select a breed or breeds you are going to be satisfied with, you need to have at…… Continue reading Choosing a Breed of Chicken
If you are looking for a basic guide to purchasing and caring for a flock of sheep, try Sheep Production in Kansas. This 76-page bulletin was originally published by the Kansas State Agricultural College in 1927. The bulletin covers a variety of topics, including sheep selection, pasturing, feeding, and housing. Want to know: Which breed…… Continue reading Free eBook: Sheep Production in Kansas
For those of you who want to sell beef, How to Direct Market Your Beef by Jan Holder is a must-read! In a friendly, easy-to-understand manner, Holder explains the different aspects of direct marketing entrepreneurs will encounter, such as niches, pricing, distribution, advertising, public relations, and record keeping. You’ll also find out how to have…… Continue reading Free eBook: How to Direct Market Your Beef
The best way to solve an egg production problem is to keep good records well before the problem starts.