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How Much Manure Does A Cow Produce?

If you are new to livestock keeping, gardening and/or homesteading, you may feel a little daunted by the amount of manure your cows and other livestock produce. Disposing of it may seem problematic, but actually manure is a valuable asset to your farming venture, and mastering the art of composting is key to keeping the …

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What Is The Difference Between A Cow And A Heifer, A Steer And A Bull?

Cattle of all genders and ages are bovines belonging to the species, Bos taurus. When discussing domestic cattle, you will find that there are specific terms used in reference to males, females, castrated males and animals of different ages. In this article, we clear up the mystery of what to call which cattle. Read on …

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What Makes A Cow Stop Eating?

For optimum meat and milk production and optimum health, cows need to eat regularly and well. That’s why dairy farmers, ranchers and small homesteaders are well advised to invest solidly in high quality feed and forage for their cattle. Unfortunately, sometimes even the best of feed and the best intentions of the keeper cannot entice …

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Why Do Shepherds Put Oil On Sheep?

Shepherds have been putting oil on sheep since before biblical times. In fact, the 23rd Psalm is actually an extended metaphor comparing the sheep-keeping techniques of the times to the shepherding actions of Christ. The shepherd cares for all of the needs of the sheep. He takes the sheep to green pastures and quiet waters. …

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What To Feed Sheep In Winter?

As ruminants, sheep are naturally suited to being raised on mixed pasture. In some domestic settings, it is desirable to feed a richer quality of nourishments for greater milk or meat production, but even in these settings, forage should make up a great percentage of your sheeps’ diet throughout most of the year. Unfortunately, you …

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How Much Wool Does A Sheep Produce?

If you are thinking about raising sheep for wool, you are naturally wondering how much wool per sheep you can expect annually. While this may seem like a simple question, it really is not. The amount of wool an individual sheep is able to produce depends upon many factors, including, breed, size, gender, feeding, climate …

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