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Kerry Cow For Sale

Mab

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a rare breed Kerry cow here’s your chance. Last year the Swiss Village Foundation purchased Mab, one of my Kerry cows, for egg harvesting. The Swiss Village Foundation or SVF is located in Newport, Rhode Island, and is a seed bank which preserves germplasm (sperm and egg) from rare and…

Problem: Wife Doesn’t Want Self-Reliance – But He Does

Rouen Ducks

I picked this month’s “Ask Granny” question because it’s an important issue for lots of young and not so young couples. Hello Granny Miller, I have a question for you…I was raised on a farm and lived the life style of self-reliance and after a lot of years working for someone else I am trying…

Dexter Cattle Flaw – Bad Feet

Typical Dexter Calf With Bad Feet

The calf in the center of the above photo is a year old purebred Dexter steer. He has the typically overgrown “elf booties” feet that are a major flaw of the breed. Follow the red arrow in the picture and notice how his hooves are fluted, pointy  and upturned. The steer calf has NEVER been…

Apple Trees – Selection, Planting & Basic Care

ApplesTree  In Spring

I own a small apple orchard of about 35 trees. I started the orchard over 27 years ago when I moved to this farm as a new bride. Back in those days the local 4-H sold fruit trees as a local club project for $7 apiece. Each year I could only afford to buy 5…

Choosing Your First Homestead Firearm

Shooting A Semi Auto .22

Here’s a must listen to for anyone from a non gun background contemplating the purchase of their first firearm. Common sense and life experience prevails in this 20 minute podcast.  It’s an old episode from GRANNY MILLER RADIO. The topic is “Choosing Your First Homestead Firearm”. The outline of the show: A .22 rifle is…