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Rules For City Slickers Gone Country

Posted on: April 26th, 2017 by
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Missouri Macon County Bridge

Missouri Macon County Bridge

When I was a kid people living in the country were mostly farmers or at least people who grew up farming. Times however are changing fast, very few people have any real experience with farming anymore. When people left the farm for the city the population of the Continue reading the story "Rules For City Slickers Gone Country"

The All Black Chickens (Ayam Cemani) Come to LFF

Posted on: February 26th, 2017 by
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Ayam Cemani Chicks

Ayam Cemani Chicks

In the major shakeup of our chicken business last year we went from volume to rarity. When we first got chickens we started with run of the mill chickens purchased at the local farm store more than a decade ago. For a home flock these birds were ideal. We then Continue reading the story "The All Black Chickens (Ayam Cemani) Come to LFF"

Changing of the Colors, Tractor Fleet Update.

Posted on: January 6th, 2017 by
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Ford 8N Breaking Ground on 1 Acre Field at the Sawmill

Ford 8N Breaking Ground on 1 Acre Field at the Sawmill

LFF www.jlmissouri.com Ford 8N Breaking Ground, PlowingI started farming with a little Ford 8N. It did everything, from breaking new ground, running the combine and baling Continue reading the story "Changing of the Colors, Tractor Fleet Update."

Marketing Beef, Grass Fed Dexter Beef Now Available For Sale

Posted on: November 19th, 2016 by
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Look Closely and You Can See Spider Webs Everywhere

Look Closely and You Can See Spider Webs Everywhere

Since adding cattle to our small farm we have been building the herd. The day is finally here where we have more than we can consume, so we can finally sell the surplus. Since we don't have a Continue reading the story "Marketing Beef, Grass Fed Dexter Beef Now Available For Sale"

MDCA Dexter Sale Report, Cattle Sales & Value

Posted on: October 18th, 2016 by
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LFF Cattle Herd This past weekend our family went to the Missouri Dexter Cattle Association Sale in Marshfield Missouri. The purpose of our trip was to judge this sale as a future market for our registered Dexter cattle. While this post will be mostly about Dexter cattle I will give my thoughts as we prepare to start marketing Continue reading the story "MDCA Dexter Sale Report, Cattle Sales & Value"

Cattle 101B, Acquiring Your Stock

Posted on: September 20th, 2016 by
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LFF Cattle Herd Before I begin this post I will again state I am no expert, but I have built a nice herd on a very low budget. Acquiring things at a good price is something I have a knack for. I will mainly discuss how I found my cattle, and ways to get the best cattle at Continue reading the story "Cattle 101B, Acquiring Your Stock"

Building Cheap Temporary All Weather Farm Roads

Posted on: July 16th, 2016 by
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Kirksville's Giant Mulch Pile

Kirksville's Giant Mulch Pile

On many forums I have ran across people discussing roads and how expensive they can be to build and maintain on farms. While the way I handle this problem might not be perfect for everyone's situation I bet some will find it useful. If you have more time Continue reading the story "Building Cheap Temporary All Weather Farm Roads"

Jacob’s Cave Missouri, The Largest Poultry Swap Around

Posted on: May 1st, 2016 by
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www.jlmissouri.com LFF Jacob's Cave Entrance Sign www.JLMissouri.com LFF Jacob's CaveIf you are into poultry and live in or around Missouri you may already know about Jacob's Cave. If by some chance you have not heard of this swap, let me enlighten you on what is the largest poultry swap in Continue reading the story "Jacob’s Cave Missouri, The Largest Poultry Swap Around"

Cheap to Build & Operate DIY Freeze Proof Chicken Waterer

Posted on: April 1st, 2016 by
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LFF Homemade Freeze Proof Chicken Waterer Here it is, my homemade freeze proof chicken waterer. Cheap to run, hygienic, easy and inexpensive to build. Using a bucket, a Thermo Cube, an electric stinger, some styrofoam board, wire and a roll of duck tape I built a homemade freeze proof watering bucket. I have thought about doing such for Continue reading the story "Cheap to Build & Operate DIY Freeze Proof Chicken Waterer"

Dumpster Diving For Profit & Pleasure

Posted on: December 23rd, 2015 by
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LFF Dumpster Diver

Dumpster diving is for the rare individual that can overcome the societal and sometimes personal stigma to get something for nothing by digging in another's refuse. My first experience with dumpster diving was as a little kid following my dad who was an avid dumpster diver. At that time it Continue reading the story "Dumpster Diving For Profit & Pleasure"