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    Re: Good morning!!!!

    Good Morning y'all! Sitting at my desk in the city, in a high rise... thinking about my barn, and my goats! ... well at least I've got my coffee. Scripture for today you ask..? well sure!!
    "That...
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    Re: farming miles from home?

    Also I forgot to mention that the acreage is expandable t0 13, or even 20 acres... so that might be a part of the equation that is important to know. The cattle might not come into the picture until...
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    Re: farming miles from home?

    I hear ya. I agree that with traditional grazing methods, three acres is basically nothing. However if the actual pasture grass(which is already fenced, electric, six high tinsel wires, 3 live) is...
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    farming miles from home?

    Not having much land myself on my own property (just over once acre) I have been propositioned with raising some livestock on 3 acres (eventually 13-20 acres if it works out). Which I believe I'm...
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    Re: Should I add Chickens this summer?

    Wonderful advice! Thank you! About three years ago we had five hens (they were wonderful!), and they pretty much roamed about our little one acre place, and even went on the neighbours places....
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    Should I add Chickens this summer?

    So we've got our two dairy goats bred, and will hopefully have kids (for the first time) in late spring. Also we want to have another garden this next year. I'm wondering if adding Egg laying hens to...
  7. Re: Never before, green horn thinking about growing Alfalfa hay small scale.

    Very good point... in fact, as I was writing out the "plan" I was asking myself that same question... "hmmm.. really? Maybe I should just buy my hay." :cloud9: Now the other thought (or dream) I have...
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    Re: old tractors

    Indeed! Wish I could afford one! Maybe someday I can get going in that realm. More power to ya man!
  9. Never before, green horn thinking about growing Alfalfa hay small scale.

    So... Here is my (small) thought.


    Find a small piece of land (1-2 acres) that's in decent condition for hay.
    Have an agreement with the land owner.
    Rent/borrow a tractor and plow said...
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    Dairy Goat de-wormers?

    I've been reading about Apple Cider Vinegar in an article in the "Stockman Grass Farmer" magazine. Any experience with using only ACV in with thier water? Of course with good clean forage, and...
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    Awesome! Yeah I'm SERIOUSLY considering moving...

    Awesome! Yeah I'm SERIOUSLY considering moving out of Delaware co. Just tired of being confined to one acre, and surrounded by a three neighbors and a state route in the front yard. I would much...
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    Delaware County, A.K.A. "Taxaware" yes indeed!

    Delaware County, A.K.A. "Taxaware" yes indeed!
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    I'm just outside of the Sunbury area.

    I'm just outside of the Sunbury area.
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    Re: One foot off the line...

    Well thank you all for your input! Much appreciated, and entertaining to say the least! Love it! I'm happy to report that Wisdom and Knowledge have prevailed in this case! I chatted with my neighbor...
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    Re: One foot off the line...

    I was thinking about adding a fence right up to the property line. I'll have to check with the zonning guy in my township about how close a fence can be to the line.
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    Re: One foot off the line...

    Yeah I'm only asking the guy to move it back (before he builds it) a few more feet to maybe give it a total of 8' off the line. But I got attitude when I asked him to move it "a couple feet" ...after...
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    One foot off the line...

    So...My neighbor has decided out of all of the land he has, he is building a (third) playhouse for his one child. This one however, is going to be the most elaborate one yet. over six feet high, and...
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    Re: Black Locust fence posts

    Now I'm wishing I would have cut the posts 9 feet long, instead of 8 feet. I thought burrying the (corner) posts 3' in the ground would have been plenty. And it might be (with ajacent support posts,...
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    Barn loft construction

    So I've decided to use 4x6 posts, but not sure if I should just burry them, or if I should use concrete piers in the ground to attach the posts to, as was suggested to me before. Any...
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    Just got done reading another Gene Logsdon book...

    Just got done reading another Gene Logsdon book that I HIGHLY recommend. "All Flesh is Grass" (the pleasures and promises of pasture farming). Just thought I would add that. Im interested in how your...
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    Re: TECH... another four letter word...

    I hear you loud and clear. I know that I'm nowhere near where Id like to be as far as being ready for a 180 degree turn around.

    Thatē—“ why I'm (like you suggested) starting slow. The wife and I...
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    Update: spoke with my insurance agent. Good news...

    Update: spoke with my insurance agent. Good news Under my already existing home owners policy, I'm covered. If they (the goats) get loose and maybe cause an accident on the road. The insurance would...
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    Re: TECH... another four letter word...

    Selling computers, and parts is one thing, But, being responsible for the server management, that make a server function on a daily basis, in a business mission critical, production environment, is a...
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    Re: TECH... another four letter word...

    Yes indeed, appropriate, and inappropriate! Couln't agree more! Thank you!
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    TECH... another four letter word...

    ... I really don't like technology anymore. Is anyone with me? (yes I'm aware that it's internet technology that is the vehicle for my complainaing about technology.) I don't like technology anymore...
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    Re: Black Locust fence posts

    OK Thank you for the thoughts on that! I guess the worst case scenario is I'll have to replace that one in a few years... or maybe not have to replace it I suppose nothing learned is nothing gained....
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    Just noticed a couple of interesting things with...

    Just noticed a couple of interesting things with a post while de-barking. Any thoughts about what looks like insect holes or maybe rot at one spot? I was thinking about filling the little hole on the...
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    Re: small scale farming on the cheap?

    I would first do a lot more reading... Get as many books as you can. I would check them out from the library first, then buy them if you like them. Anyways... With that amount of land... I would...
  29. Keeping water from freezing for small scale livestock

    I've been all over the web looking at "solar powered" watering systems. But I wanted to get some of your thoughts. When I get the goats (God willing) I'm leaning towards just updating with a new...
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    Yes, winter has been kind/odd to us this year so...

    Yes, winter has been kind/odd to us this year so far. I've gathered a grand total of 16 posts cut to length. I'm in process of de-barking them. Just a bit over half
    Done with that. Not going as fast...
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    Re: Off-Grid Living

    What an accomplishment! Hats off to you sir! 10 years of designing, planing, and finally implementation. Do/did you have a wife during all of this, any children? My struggle is keeping my role as a...
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    Well today was the big day! Took down my first...

    Well today was the big day! Took down my first few trees for posts! Only had time to take down about 5 trees before it started getting dark (the wife was working and I was watching the boys). But I...
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    Just wondering if anybody else buys insurance...

    Just wondering if anybody else buys insurance (liability?) for their goats on a small homestead . Thanks!
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    Small-scale (homestead) Livestock ins?

    I had a friend (neighbor) mention to me that I should really get my dairy goats (when I get them) insured. Since I live on a small 1 acre, but mainly because we live right on a state route. And (he...
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    Re: Black Locust fence posts

    OK, here we go, looking forward at the temperature forecast, it's showing to be highs in the upper 30's, and maybe 40 degrees max for the next 7-10 days here in Central Ohio. I'm finally planning on...
  36. Thread: Wierd weather

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    Re: Wierd weather

    Michigan and Ohio weather... not too different. We had a tornado watch last night, and raging thunder storms. Definitely a power struggle going on with the weather systems. :confused2:
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    Your 5x5 post you removed, did it still have the...

    Your 5x5 post you removed, did it still have the bark on it our was it a hewn beam/post?
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    Soo I keep waiting for the temps to drop so I can...

    Soo I keep waiting for the temps to drop so I can harvest the trees when the sap is "down". But it's so warm here in the State of Ohio. The RFD-TV 90 day forecast showed "below normal" temperatures....
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    Re: Winter Care/Feeding of Goats/Donkeys

    Very cool about the dry leaves. I'm planning on getting a couple of dairy goats next summer. I was planning on keeping just two (to start with) on a small portion of my 1 acre. I'm just not sure if...
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    Re: Building a hay loft inside the pole barn

    Good point. I'm a little man at 5'6" tall. So I'll still need to keep my head down, but not too much, I hope. I'm still trying to get buy-in from the wife on actually getting ready for goats. I tell...
  41. Re: How would you feel if some stranger came and mowed your grass?

    I've got an awesome neighbor that (without asking) just plows out my driveway when the snow gets deep. My feeling is "THANK YOU!!" He's got the nice John Deere tractor, and I don't. I bet those new...
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    Building a hay loft inside the pole barn

    Should I use 4x4's or 6x6 posts when I go to build my hay loft?

    I'm planning on building a little hay loft in my 30x40 pole barn. It will be just on one side of the structure, due to the fact that...
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    Re: What to do w/ 14ac of land?

    What a problem to have, I wish I had land I didn't know what to do with. The Forest service sounds like a good option. I once helped a farmer friend of mine plant just over 3,000 trees in about two...
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    Re: Metal roofing prices?

    I had to replace about six panels on my barn this summer, I did it myself, and purchased 6 panels, that were 9' long, 2'2" wide for about $170.00 plus $24 in the special metal roofing screws. I went...
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    Yes indeed, I was planing on stacking them in the...

    Yes indeed, I was planing on stacking them in the cover of the barn, with spacers, and leaving the two (opposing) doors open for good air-flow, until mid to late summer 2012. Thanks!
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    Re: Black Locust fence posts

    MMagis, Thank you very much! hearing that, makes sense. After all is said and done, It will be a learning experience either way I slice it. I appreciate your time! I'm 41 years old, and just getting...
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    I've heard lots of important keys are ...key in...

    I've heard lots of important keys are ...key in solid, life-long locust post's.
    1) Season you cut the tree down (dormant cold season)
    2) Curing time allowed for posts (1-3 yrs best)
    3) plenty of...
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    Re: Black Locust fence posts

    Excellent! Again thanks to all who cared enough to comment! My neighbor thinks I'm doing too much work for posts that might rot in a year or two. I hope to be able to say 'look at these solid posts'...
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    Re: Black Locust fence posts

    Thank you for the replies! Another question I have, is if I take the bark off. is it better to wait until it's cured naturally, then scrape off the bark, or does it help the curing if I remove the...
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    Black Locust fence posts

    Howdy everyone, I'm trying to figure out with the Black Locust tree's I'm planning on cutting down for fence posts... when I put them in the ground, should I leave the bark on them, or strip the bark...
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    Re: When was your house built?

    My house was built in 1840, and to my understanding was on 150 acres which sold (land only) in 1827 for $25.
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