Beano, Rancho Cappuccino's resident guard donkey, appears to be experiencing maternal envy. Without a baby of her own, she's taken to borrowing (unasked, of course) the lambs and kids of the sheep and goats she protects.
Advice on good online plant and animal databases.
Tell us what kind of barns and sheds you prefer for your poulty and farm animals.
Cole explains the term "dark cutter" as it applies to the effect of stress on meat animals, and eventually, its affect on consumers.
Teaching a farm dog — a livestock guard dog — which animals to protect and which animals not to isn't an easy task. Learn about the protector/protectee animal relationships at Rancho Cappuccino, and about how the Rancho guard animals are taught to protect their charges.
It's a challenge to describe the place where I take my livestock when it's time for them to cease being my companions, and to become my product instead. I call Steve's Meats in DeSoto, Kansas, the "packer." And, indeed, when I stopped off there this morning they had about 800 pounds of beef frozen and packed, ready for me to take home. It filled the freezer to the rim.
Mice are likely to seek refuge from the cold this winter by making themselves at home in your house. Here's how you can get rid of them - without hurting them.
This picture will bring a smile to your face and make you think of your own family pet.
Looking for the perfect horse for on the farm and in the arena? Well, look no further. The Haflinger has it all — size, strength, gentleness and trainability.
Check out these photos of some of the animals that attended the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
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.
Hints for kidding in the very cold weather.
Mara Grunbaum's conversations with and about a hilariously personified "Evolution" provide a running commentary throughout "WTF, Evolution?!" accompanied by really excellent nature photos.
The best low cost (semi-reliable) options for getting animals and plants onto your homestead!
Check out this cute video featuring dancing ostrich chicks.
Our experience in living with bears.
As antibiotic resistant infections become more prevalent due to antibiotic use in livestock, health advocates turn to the White House for action.
Check out these photos of some of the animal attendees at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
Natural products research firm Compass Naturals predicts shoppers will get savvy; rebel against chemicals, over-packaging, GMOs and animal cruelty; and grow more of their own food.
Selecting a good potential guardian llama, bringing him home, and introducing him to your stock.
As fall wanes, HOMEGROWN Life contributor Dyan spends time observing and learning from the language of animals on her Maine dairy farm.
Ilene White Freedman contemplates sharing goat milk with the nursing kid.
A beginning farmer loses a friend and finds that solitary farming isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Though wolves are commonly misunderstood animals, not all of what you hear is true.
What are you thankful for this season? Our editors know what they are thankful for, now let's hear from you.
That extra hour of sleep was great, but your animals may not think the same thing about that same hour.
A horse trainer once said to me, 'Animals don't think, they just make associations.' I responded to that by saying, 'If making associations is not thinking, then I would have to conclude that I do not think.'
I am loving my time spent at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington thus far. There are tons of great and interesting people to meet, delicious food, fun and information-packed lectures and demonstrations, and, best of all, adorable anima
Rachel gets a scare with Daisy the goat - is it bottle jaw or something else? A trip to the vet provides some lessons.
The accumulation and storage of hay is an essential summer task.
The arrival of our first chickens and pigs to the farm, and prepping to head off to my summer internship at Polyface Farm
The third and last of a three part blog on chemical herbicides.
Learn how bats can be beneficial for organic farmers, dramatically reducing the need for costly and harmful pesticides.
Take a visual tour of the events at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
Jenna Woginrich writes about the beauty of Cold Antler Farm, a small homestead that she shares with Pig, her rabbits Benjamin and Doe and several chickens. Taking care of her animals on cold winter nights is a challenge for Woginrich, but one she gladly accepts armed with a water bottle and affection. Woginrich's modest barn provides shelter for her animals and a useful space to feel at home.
Growing Local Food is a new book that encompasses all the needed basics to grow plants, keep heritage breed animals and bees. The author is a homesteader and physician who gives the readers the basic information to grow or find nutritious, local food