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Abbagail McRuer

Abbagail McRuer

Abbagail McRuer is the co-founder of Sage & Shepherd Ranch, where her and her husband regeneratively raise and pasture rotate livestock and ship meat to customers. She is also an avid gardener, homesteader and home cook. She is passionate about sharing life on a farm on her blog with inspiration and practical advice, and helping others get back to their roots and grow their own food.

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5 Weird Things Chickens Do and What They Mean

Homesteading

5 Weird Things Chickens Do and What They Mean

Raising chickens is enriching work. They’re often one of the first farm animals people consider when starting to homestead. They're a true dual-purpose animal, providing you with both meat and eggs. It’s economical to start raising chickens due to the low up cost of feed and housing. They are also...
What You Need to Know About Raising Sheep

Homesteading

What You Need to Know About Raising Sheep

I love raising sheep. I was a shepherd for Halloween as a child, but who knew I’d actually become one. Sheep aren’t dumb. They’re actually quite friendly, docile, obedient, and trainable. Yes, our sheep are trained to come when we call. Raising sheep on our ranch has become one of our favorite...
How to Clean and Store Fresh Eggs

Homesteading

How to Clean and Store Fresh Eggs

The best thing about owning laying hens is getting farm-fresh eggs. There is nothing better than going out to the nesting box to see how many eggs have been laid, collecting them, and bringing them inside. Hens start laying eggs once they reach approximately six months of age. Don't worry about...
Meat Marketing: The Truth About Food Labels

Sustainability

Meat Marketing: The Truth About Food Labels

Have you ever walked down the meat aisle in the grocery store and felt completely overwhelmed by food labels? There are so many of them, and oftentimes they don’t mean much of anything and are just used for fancy marketing. Raising chickens, sheep, and pigs will teach you a thing or two about what...
8 Things You Need to Start Raising Chickens

Homesteading

8 Things You Need to Start Raising Chickens

Chickens were the first animals we got when we moved out of suburbia and into the country. They don't call them the "gateway" farm animal for no reason; they're addictive. Once you get one chicken, you'll want more—it's a fierce cycle that inspired us to start our regenerative ranch. If you've ever...