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Benefits of Eating Locally Harvested Honey

It’s no secret that honey is a great sweetener with benefits that sugar just can’t compete with. But did you know that raw honey — or locally harvested honey — can give you even more benefits than store-bought? We sure did! That’s why we’re bringing locally harvested honey into select C-A-L Ranch Stores. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of eating locally harvested honey.

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Exercising Your Dog in the Winter

The leaves finished falling a while ago. If you live in the north, you probably look outside to see a blanket of snow; in the south, the air is brisker and you’re probably spending more time indoors. Likewise, your dog isn’t enjoying the freedom of warm weather and long walks these days. Being cooped inside a house all winter can make your dog bored and anxious, and anxious dogs often act out by destroying your possessions. All dogs need to work out their energy during the day, but that’s hard to do when the temperature drops. Here’s some fun winter-oriented activities you can do with your dog to help keep entertained and in shape.

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How to Set Up a Beehive

Chances are if you’re reading this you’re either considering ordering bees or you already have. Before you receive your bees, you need to have the hive set up and ready to go. Failure to transport the bees into the hive within 24 hours can be damaging. But don’t worry — setting up a hive is simple and easy! Keep reading for instructions on how to start your own hive.

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Everything You Need to Start Beekeeping

Beekeeping can seem like an overwhelming hobby for beginners. Truthfully, beekeeping is a relatively easy pastime that rewards hobbyists by providing honey and helping to pollinate gardens and flowerbeds. As with any hobby, starting up can be an expensive and daunting task. Before you order your hive, you need to make sure you have all the necessary equipment and understand its usage.

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Pick the Best Puppy Food

Bringing home a new puppy is a rewarding and exciting experience. What a lot of people don’t talk about is how it’s also confusing, especially if you’re a first-time puppy parent. Most common puppy care questions will hit you as you’re pushing your cart down the pet aisle. You’ll see tons of different dog foods and each one claims it’s the  best. You can’t simply feed a puppy any dog food; their stomachs are sensitive and some puppy foods aren’t made with quality ingredients. Not only that, but puppies require a different diet than adult dogs. Puppy food has nutrition that encourages healthy growth. Not only do you need to pick the right brand, but you’ll need to figure out your puppy’s feeding schedule. Starting your puppy off with the right nutrition will help prevent health issues down the road.

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Feeding and Watering Horses in Winter

Horses have different nutrition requirements in cold winter months than they do the rest of the year. First of all, horses get much of their nutrition from forage and pasture grazing. These resources start to die out in winter, so owners must provide an alternative forage source. Because of this, horses’ water intake is also affected. Feeding horses incorrectly can cause your herd serious illness. Read the following article to make sure your horses are getting all the nutrition they need.

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How to House Train a Puppy

Many people have high expectations when they first bring home a puppy. You anticipate the puppy’s warm snuggles, wet nose, and the joy and entertainment he brings to your family. If you’ve had a puppy before, you may have forgotten the difficult the less fun parts of puppyhood. If this is your first puppy, you’ll quickly find out it’s not all tail wags and puppy kisses. Just like you potty train children, you must house train your puppy so he can grow to be the beloved, well-mannered dog he was meant to be. Keep reading for tips on how to successfully house train your new puppy.

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Raising Backyard Goats

Goats can provide milk and meat for the whole family. You can also use their fur to spin your own yarn or sell the fibers to companies who would do the same. You can also leash-train your goat so you can take them along on hikes and use them as pack animals. Raising goats can also help teach kids responsibility. There’s plenty of benefits to raising your own goats, whether you do it for their milk, meat, or weed-removing abilities. Here’s some topics to think about if you’re considering goat raising.

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Raising Backyard Chickens

They say fashion trends seem to cycle back around every 20 years or so. Well, comebacks aren’t just for fashion fads — chicken keeping is finally becoming popular again.

The practice was common in the early 1900’s before the industrialization and mass production of food, the popularity of refrigerators and the presence of grocery stores. In fact, Uncle Sam used to encourage people to raise chickens — it was the people’s civic duty! Just look at this advertisement from 1918:

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