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  Useful Articles: 

NEW! Invest In Yourself (Download PDF)

Cognitive Dissonance in Marketing (Download PDF)

Headlines To Catch Customers (Download PDF)

Preplanning Guide To Starting A Rural Business (Download PDF)

What's Fear Got To Do With Business  (Download PDF)

Nutritional Info About Alternative Feed Types  (Download PDF)

Marketing Is A Lot Like Fishing (Download PDF)

What Henry Ford Said (Download PDF)


Fun Stuff: 

NEW! Fun science experiments to amaze or win bets!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o715eLhIsqo

Listen to actual bird songs
http://www.birdjam.com/

Interesting pictures of painted trucks  (Download PDF)

The customer is not always right!
http://notalwaysright.com/

Make it fun to change behavior
http://thefuntheory.com/

An inter species goat/horse story
http://www.wptz.com/video/21891231/index.html

Amazing cow quints (All alive, all males. The cow had previously had three sets of twins)
http://www.lamastre.net/2009/11/29/des-quintuples-a-empurany/

Quiz to name the breed of dog
http://www.youthink.com/quiz.cfm?obj_id=115958

Singing horses - click on the individual animals for great harmony (from Sweden)
http://svt.se/hogafflahage/hogafflaHage_site/Kor/hestekor.swf

Dress the horse in several costumes by clicking and dragging.
http://svt.se/hogafflahage/hogafflaHage_site/Pynte/pyntehest.html

Challenging vocabulary game with a mission
http://www.freerice.com


 Sites of Interest to Rural Entrepreneurs: 

NEW! Why Goat Milk Is Good For You.
http://www.balkans.com/open-news.php?uniquenumber=106158

Study Suggests Goats' Milk Is More Beneficial To Health Than Cows' Milk.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/07/070730100229.htm

Interactive map that tracks how people are moving according to IRS records.
http://www.forbes.com/2010/06/04/migration-moving-wealthy-interactive-counties-map.html

Scientific study of very small, arid adapted dairy goats used by Bedoins.
http://jds.fass.org/cgi/reprint/63/10/1749.pdf

Another small, inexpensive version automatic milking machine. http://www.goatfinder.com/henry_milker.htm?gclid=CJDhyoKM2KICFQfxDAodxhgtww

Find out if a site is down or you're just stuck in internet gridlock.
http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/

Chart showing calcium content of Selected Forages (types of hay). This information has bearing on prevention of hypocalcemia during pregnancy and lactation.
http://carrotcafe.com/f/caforage.html

Manual milking machine. For the first freshening goat or mini with teats too small to milk or for other species when the mom must be milked (alpacas, llamas, dogs, or any other....)
http://www.maggidans.com/milker.htm

Calculate the birthing date for sheep and goats (based on 147 days)
http://www.pbsanimalhealth.com/tools/sheepgoatgestation.html

Gardening Links - including a list of all county extension agents. http://www.gardenweb.com/vl/#coop

Sustainable gardening connection
http://www.ibiblio.org/farming-connection/

Agricultural Marketing Resource Center - huge site with tons of comprehensive information.
http://www.agmrc.org/agmrc/

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Resource - another huge site of information for rural businesses.
http://attra.ncat.org/

Pictures of parasite eggs.
http://www.apacapacas.com/parasites/

List of all national awareness days, weeks and months for a year. Tie your marketing to causes that matter.
http://www.epromos.com/calendar/promotional-calendar.html

Heritability of traits in several species, information about how long it takes to change a trait by breeding alone.
http://kinne.net/heritcht.htm

Alpaca Color inheritance
http://www.alpacas.com/Resources/ColorCalcForm.aspx

Good general info about alpacas.
http://www.gatewayalpacas.com/alpacas/the-breed.htm

About Fiber Crafts, amazing site about using fiber
http://schmidling.com/fiber.htm

Mastitis in Dairy Goats
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/DS120

Copper deficiency in Pygmy Goats
http://www.kinne.net/cu-def.htm

Genetic Evaluation of Dairy Goats for Yield and Type
http://www.aipl.arsusda.gov/reference/goat/goatsfs.html

Drugs Commonly used in Goatsódosage and withdrawals
http://www.uky.edu/Ag/AnimalSciences/goats/presentation/drugwithdrawtimeJan05.pdf

Drawing blood
http://www.boergoats.com/clean/articleads.php?art=64

Introduction to raising sheep
http://woolandfeathers.com/icelandic_sheep.html

Introduction to raising chickens
http://www.gatewaytovermont.com/thefarm/chickens.htm

Everything you need to know about Emus. This site is very comprehensive, produced by Sugar Maple Farm, Joy Reavis, a great resource and great human being!
http://www.sugarmapleemu.com/Facts.cfm

A five year study on the effectiveness and problems of Livestock Guardian Dogs 
http://www.case-agworld.com/cAw.LUgdogs.html

More about Livestock Guardians, thanks to Suzanne Core.
http://www.highspice.com/predator-control-3.php
http://www.highspice.com/zena.html

Everything you could want to know about raising elk
http://www.oeba.ca/pages/library/library.html

Cheese Making. Same folks as the fiber site above, they also have a section about cheese making, including recipes, and plans for a cheese press (or you can get one from them)
http://schmidling.com/cheese.htm


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