Homestead Living and Livestock

Practical skills for modern homesteading, sustainable agriculture, and self-sufficient urban or country living.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Natural Dogs

From dog breeds to dog feed MOTHER EARTH NEWS has all your dog needs.

Emergency Preparedness Products for the Homestead or the 'Bug Out Bag'

By John D. Ivanko, Inn Serendipity

These days, it’s best to be prepared for anything, anytime. These emergency preparedness products are up to the task on the homestead or idea for any bug out bag.

Treating a Hypothermic Lamb or Goat Kid

By Kat Ludlam, Willow Creek Farm

Knowing the symptoms of hypothermia and treating them properly and quickly will mean the difference between life or death for your lamb or kid.

Treat Hardware Disease in Cows Using Rumen Magnets

By John Klar

Cattle can develop “Hardware Disease”—traumatic reticuloperitonitis—ingesting metal. Some farmers deposit one or two “cow magnets” in all their cows.


Homemade Bread and a Woodstove

By Michael Johnathon

Old ways may not be practical ... but they sure do taste better.

You Can Home School: Leave Online Schooling Behind

By Sheryl Campbell, The Lazy Farmer

How to take control of your child's schooling and guide them to educational success through home schooling.

Making Beeswax Candles with Molds

By Mary Lou Shaw

Beekeeping allows us to have not only honey, but also the very useful wax. Learn how to make beeswax candles with molds.

Managing the Loss of a Homestead Dog

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

When a beloved animal passes, an important part of the healing process involves reflecting on the good memories instead of the moment of loss.

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