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Beginners Guide to Keeping Chickens

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 Joel Tarplin (January 21, 2011)  Interested in owning your own chickens? Want to have eggs that have been freshly laid in the morning? Well here is your guide to doing just that. I understand how daunting it is as a novice to take the plunge, don’t worry though, I will guide you through every step. Buying your Feathered Friends When buying your new feathered friends there are a few simple things to look out .. (Farm Ranch)

The thing that You must Know concerning Raising Chickens for profit

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 Oscar Taylor (January 19, 2011)  If you're trying to find an efficient approach to gain extra income without needing to go to work every day, then you might desire to deliberate on raising chickens for profit. Despite the fact that a lot of folks choose to raise chickens in order to save bucks, it can be a truly good income source specifically if it is done effectively. Because of this folks who are wishing to get into . (Farm Ranch)

Chicken information: The advantages of Raising Chickens

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 Oscar Taylor (December 06, 2010)  Most individuals think that raising chickens is all concerning getting really serious. Though raising chickens might demand a dash of labor and dedication, its benefits are completely something that is worth getting excited about. If you're amongst those chicken raising skeptics, you must take a good look at the advantages of raising chickens listed below so that you could see where .. (Farm Ranch)

Backyard Chicken Raising: How to get it done The ideal way

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 Oscar Taylor (November 18, 2010)  Bringing up one chicken might be simple for certain individuals particularly when you have some kind of experience in terms of raising other animals. Raising a flock of chickens on the flip side could be precise complete opposite if not accomplished appropriately. Because the existence of several hens are at stake, participating in appropriate backyard chicken raising is significant. .. (Farm Ranch)

Goat Breeds – Saanen Goats

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 Susan Katchur (April 30, 2010)  Saanen goats originated in the Saanen Valley of Switzerland and are a common in the United States. What is so special about these dairy goats? They offer healthful milk and are wonderful animals to raise on a farm. Saanen dairy goats produce heavy amounts of milk. They can give two gallons of milk per day! On an average, dairy goats can give three to four quarts of milk during a .. (Farm Ranch)

Raising Goats - Goat Care Basics

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 Susan Katchur (April 26, 2010)  Raising goats can be expensive and time consuming, but if you know the goat care basics it will make life a lot easier for you and your goats! If you love your goats you will want them to be healthy and happy. There are ways to achieve these goals. There are hundreds of goat breeds. Before buying, you might want to ask yourself, “What kind of goats do I want to raise?” For .. (Farm Ranch)

Fainting Goats – Farm Fun Pets

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 Susan Katchur (March 17, 2010)  Farm owners are often asked, Are you kidding? Do Fainting goats really exist? No kidding, fainting goats are real! These goats are called by a variety of names: stiff-legged goats, scare goats, nervous goats and Myotonic goats. To understand their name, you should know their characteristics and background. Fainting goats originally came from Nova Scotia. They were first recorded in .. (Farm Ranch)

Nigerian Dwarf Goats - Pet Goat to Love

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 Susan Katchur (March 17, 2010)  Have you ever considered owning a pet goat? Nigerian Dwarf Goats are of western African origin. They are miniature dairy goats standing less than two feet tall. They have calm, even-tempered, sweet, gentle and playful personalities. They are easily trainable and can even walk on a leash. These characteristics make them lovable companions or pets, especially, for small children, the .. (Farm Ranch)

Dairy Goats For Pets

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 Susan Katchur (January 18, 2010)  Have you ever considered owning dairy goats for pets? These farm animals make great pets and are versatile too. Dairy goats and dairy production is one of the most historical, versatile and efficient forms of livestock production throughout the world. They are known for their milk production efficiencies. Their milk offers health benefits. Most owners of dairy goats will tell you that .. (Farm Ranch)

Caring For Your Baby Chicks - Part 1

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 Bill Keene (January 14, 2009)  Baby chicks are just like puppies or kittens, they are simply cute, lovable and very adorable! The initial time spent in bringing up your chicks is time well spent in getting to know them better and will certainly provide you and your family with memorable fun time. During the first 4 weeks, baby chicks require care and monitoring, which means you have to check on them about 5 times a .. (Farm Ranch)

Caring For Your Baby Chicks - Part 2

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 Bill Keene (January 14, 2009)  Waterers and Feeders Your baby chicks will need water right away as soon as you've put them in their new home. Observe them carefully and make sure that they find where the waterer is. You can teach your baby chicks to drink from the waterer by gently dipping their beaks in the water. It is not recommended to use just any water container for your baby chicks. For best results, health .. (Farm Ranch)

Turkey Breeding For Fun and Profit

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 Andrew Grey (January 14, 2009)  If you enjoyed raising a few baby turkeys every once in a while, you may consider raising a few to adulthood and try turkey breeding for fun and profit. It's not that difficult to do and there's not much difference between what your already doing, you just have a few adult turkeys hanging around, and enjoy watching them raise babies. The best part about raising your own turkeys is the .. (Farm Ranch)

Rearing Turkeys Organically - What You Need to Know

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 Andrew Grey (January 14, 2009)  If you have chosen to rear turkeys for yourself, you may want to try rearing turkeys organically. It really is not that difficult especially if you have an area that they can free range once they are old enough. You will want to be careful about diarrhea with your young turkeys as most turkey farms deal with this on a regular basis, they will use antibiotics in the water in order to .. (Farm Ranch)

Raising Chickens

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 Bill Keene (January 12, 2009)  In the course of flock breeding and management, it is necessary to catch and handle birds at various times. Proper catching and handling methods of chickens can avoid both injury and discomfort not only to the birds but the persons handling them as well. You Have to Determine if the Chicken is a Layer By learning how to tell which chickens are layers in your flock, you can segregate .. (Farm Ranch)

Want to Build a Chicken Coop? Do Not Waste Money

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 Dakota Leason (December 21, 2008)  Want to build a chicken coop? Many people are becoming part of the growing trend toward sustainable living and deciding to plant gardens and build chicken coops, right in their own backyards. Not only is their home grown food healthier and free of pesticides, it tastes better too! For all of the people who want to build a chicken coop, here are some simple steps to save you a lot of .. (Farm Ranch)

Buying and Selling Dairy Cows

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 Anna Poelo (December 19, 2008)  Buying and selling dairy cows isn't a splendid task, and requires time and effort to make careful inspections and healthy decisions. You'll want to buy the healthiest dairy cows if you're a buyer, and you'll need to make sure that the cows you sell are fit and right to sell as a seller. Obviously, one important factor to consider when buying or selling cows is the health of the animal. . (Farm Ranch)

Building a Chicken Coop? Avoid These 7 Critical Errors

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 Pasha Sari (December 19, 2008)  Last year I decided to build a chicken coop with my wife. Her and I used to be obese and we decided to evaluate the foods we were eating. We decided that part of us getting even healthier was growing more of our own food and eating organic to avoid the chemicals that build up in our bodies. As part of this we wanted to raise chickens for the healthy eggs. After a little bit more trouble . (Farm Ranch)

Building a Chicken Coop? Don't Forget the Wood Chips

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 Bobby Harley (December 18, 2008)  I love my hens! the provide me with the best tasting eggs and they make great pets. We decided to build a chicken coop last year. My daughters love them and they get along great with our dog. Having the chickens has also taught them a new sense of responsibility. Having more would be good, but our city only allows us to have 2. We do not have a lot of space but I discovered that .. (Farm Ranch)

Chicken Breeds - Andalusian

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 Grant Draper (December 10, 2008)  The Andalusian is one of the oldest Mediterranean breeds of chicken around today, originating from the Province of Andalusian in Spain. They were originally developed from both white and black birds that were imported around 1846, from their native land, Andalusian, Spain. The combination of a black fowl with a similar white sports produced a blue slate colored fowl, similar to the .. (Farm Ranch)

Basics For Raising Goats

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 Daniel Truelove (November 23, 2008)  There are some basic preparations necessary before starting your goat herd. The basics discussed herein will be proper area, housing, fencing, feeding and watering. These topics as you will find are appropriate even for a show goat if you are starting a 4H or FFA project. The area necessary for goat grazing is important factor do to the quality of forage necessary to sustain proper .. (Farm Ranch)

Why Meat Goats?

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 Daniel Truelove (November 18, 2008)  This is a question I have heard for years since I got in the meat goat business. To me there is nothing else. The world population outside of the United States consumes goat meat on a daily basis much like we do with beef. Near 72% of the world population eats goat meat. All across the world goat meat is known to be lean, tender and healthy alternative to beef, poultry, pork and lamb. .. (Farm Ranch)

Is My Bucking Bred Cow a Service Animal?

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 Eileen Schweickert (September 30, 2008)  Emotional support animals can do wonders for anyone challenged by living with chronic illness. This is related but a bit different than using a trained service animal. I have both types of assistance animals so I will try to make the difference clear. People with physical or mental disability may find a service animal can perform activities of daily living (ADLs) or assist with .. (Farm Ranch)

Hatching Chicken Eggs Naturally

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 Gina Read (September 27, 2008)  There comes a point in many chicken enthusiasts’ lives when they long to experience hatching and raising their own chicks. Essentially there are two choices when it comes to hatching your own chicken eggs; natural incubation under a hen or artificial incubation in an incubator. In this article I will offer some thoughts on hatching chicken eggs naturally. Some of the benefits of .. (Farm Ranch)

Hatching Chicken Eggs in an Incubator

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 Gina Read (September 27, 2008)  If you long for the excitement and joy of hatching your own chicken eggs but don't have or want to wait for a broody hen, then you may decide to go down the route of hatching some chicks yourself using an incubator. Some of the benefits to artificial incubation are: You can choose when you want to hatch out your chicks. Depending on the size of the incubator, you can often hatch out .. (Farm Ranch)

Keeping Goats - Learn About Pet Goat Care

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 Marvela Luna (September 19, 2008)  For those who have goats as pets it is very important for them to take care of these pets. They need very particular feed, not the rubbish you often associate with ‘goats will eat anything’. A pet goat also needs good shelter for all seasons and fencing to keep it healthy. There are also many goat health problems that you need to be aware of, and prevent in advance. For .. (Farm Ranch)

Alpacas - The Newest Trend Amongst Livestock Breeders

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 Sophie Giles (September 18, 2008)  When one hears the word “Alpacas", typically the first thing that comes to mind is the common llama. This is a common misconception because, although alpacas do tend to resemble their llama cousins because they are in the same family of mammal, they are a different species altogether. In recent years alpaca farming has become more and more popular amongst those in Western .. (Farm Ranch)

Top Five Tips For Successful Alpaca Farming

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 Sophie Giles (September 18, 2008)  Alpaca farming is both a lucrative and rewarding lifestyle. These incredible little animals not only provide excellent companionship to the families who own them; but are also an excellent source of income as their long, soft wool is highly prized in the textile industry. In this article we've brought you the top five tips for successful alpaca farming which will help you to make the .. (Farm Ranch)

The Homestead Beekeeper - Tips on Keeping Bees

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 Sue Merriam (September 17, 2008)  The homestead beekeeper knows there is no better form of self reliance than keeping a colony or two of these wonderful insects around. They not only provide a nourishing food packed with health benefits and nutrition, but bees also provide excellent pollination for your garden and orchard. Think far more abundant harvest year after year. But Bee Aware. . . Sorry for the pun, but just .. (Farm Ranch)

How to Care For and Raise Your Own Baby Chickens

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 Carole DeJarnatt (August 09, 2008)  You have no doubt seen the cute little fuzzy baby chickens sold at Easter. They are so cute and almost irresistible. You hold them in your hand and they make chirping noises. How can you resist? If you have the space and decide to take the plunge then you need to be prepared for your new little pets. You were probably sold with the statement of how easy it is to take care of these .. (Farm Ranch)

Raising Goats For Mohair

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 Andrew Rocuant (August 07, 2008)  Certain types of goats produce long hair that can be shorn, like a sheep of its wool, and made into clothing. There are two types of goat which are popular with knitters and weavers; the Cashmere, which appropriately produces Cashmere, and the Angora, which produces Mohair. Cashmere and Mohair are both excellent animal fibers; however I will focus here on Mohair, and the Angora goat. .. (Farm Ranch)

Raising Goats - Why?

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 Andrew Rocuant (August 05, 2008)  A good beginner animal Raising Goats is a great way to get into animals! They are a smaller animal, not as hard to handle as some other types, and many people enjoy showing goats at their local fair. For children it gives a great sense of responsibility and helps them to cultivate that sense. Companionship Many people consider goats great companion animals. Goats are warm, fuzzy and .. (Farm Ranch)

How to Splint a Calf's Broken Leg

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 Steve Robinson (August 04, 2008)  The other morning I was out checking on my cows and calves when I noticed one of my calves was limping. I took a closer look and found that it was badly swollen on the back right leg. I don't know if the calf was just playing and broke it or a cow stepped on its leg or what exactly happened, but I knew I would have to try and do something to help this baby calf. She was only six days .. (Farm Ranch)

Chickens - A Delightful and Valuable Part of Organic Gardening and Homesteading

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 Sue Merriam (August 03, 2008)  Adding chickens to your backyard farm is the fastest way to a healthy, organic garden, and a delightful way to make your homestead more self-sufficient. Why Chickens are Invaluable To Self-Reliance In the thirties, during the Great Depression, horror stories abounded about soup lines and folks facing starvation. But those who owned their own land along with a dozen or more hens and .. (Farm Ranch)

Goats - Crucial For the Self-Reliant Homesteader

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 Sue Merriam (August 03, 2008)  When most people think of farming, the cow usually comes to mind. But “Bessie's" milk isn't always the best for human consumption, and cows require far more hay and grain - and produce way more milk - than most small homesteads can handle. For the self-sufficient homestead, the goat is a far superior animal. Depending on the breed you choose, a goat can produce up to a gallon of .. (Farm Ranch)

How to Milk a Dairy Goat

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 Sue Merriam (August 03, 2008)  Milking your dairy goat leads to the biggest reward of having these wonderful creatures - namely the delicious fresh milk and cheese! But there are a few tricks to it, and a few supplies you should have on hand before you get started. A Stand. . . And A Little Peace Unlike cows, even your larger saanen will be a bit short, which will make it challenging to get a bucket under her and .. (Farm Ranch)

How to Care For Your Dairy Goats

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 Sue Merriam (August 03, 2008)  To take proper care of the goats in your backyard farm or homestead isn't rocket science, but it does take some preparation. These animals aren't as tough as some cartoons will make them out to be. They will need some special attention, including proper shelter and the right food. So follow these guidelines, and you'll be off to the right start. Shelter They will need some sort of .. (Farm Ranch)

8 Ways a Pre Engineered Metal Building Can Provide the Best Horse Barn to Save You Time and Money

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 Sarah Klopp (July 31, 2008)  From small to large, there are many types of farm buildings available. These include farm shops, machine and farm storage, general-purpose, livestock, dairy, beef, and more. Quality horse buildings can provide your horses with safe, beautiful shelter. Before you make a final decision, consider pre-engineered buildings for your farm or equestrian needs. Find a company that has built a .. (Farm Ranch)

Monetizing Your Small Farm

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 Steve Robinson (July 23, 2008)  Do you live on a small farm? Is there something on your farm that you never thought of using to make extra income? Well, I am going to give you some ideas on how to take your small farm and monetize it. Here are a few examples of how I make money on my farm. After reading this article, I have no doubt that you will be making extra income from something that you enjoy doing. Do you have . (Farm Ranch)

Adopting Battery Hens What to Expect

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 Gina Read (July 21, 2008)  Things have improved a little for Battery hens over the years but it is still the case that millions of chickens spend their lives in a cage too small for them to do their natural chickeny things such as walking about and pecking for grain, or to stretch, flap, dust bathe and roost. They are usually given about 2 years before they are considered ‘spent’ hens. It is at that .. (Farm Ranch)

Caring For Ex Battery Chickens

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 Gina Read (July 19, 2008)  When you first get your ex-battery hens home you may find that they look like they are in a pretty poorly state - most hens that survive their life in a battery farm will have up to two thirds of their feathers missing. Their beaks will have been trimmed to prevent them pecking at each other. Legs will be lumpy and bumpy. Toe claws are usually long and their combs will probably be quite . (Farm Ranch)

Raising Chickens? How Long Should Chicks Be in the Incubator?

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 Matthew C Smith (July 08, 2008)  Hatching chicks is one of the most beautiful aspects of raising chickens. Watching the shell break and the tiny beak pushing through the air cell is an enthralling experience. There are a few important things that should be kept in mind while hatching checks, such as the length of time they are kept in the incubator. Most people go by rules and follow some pre-fixed length of time, .. (Farm Ranch)

Alpaca Farming Is it For You?

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 Richard Runion (June 28, 2008)  After wading through all the information relating to alpacas, including the financial aspects of alpaca farming, we come finally to the most important question of all: Is this the right occupation for you? This is a loaded question - a person who has already opted for this way of life will, willy nilly, take offense, if you question his/ her decision. However, the question merits an .. (Farm Ranch)

Alpaca Farming Tax Advantages of Alpaca Ownership

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 Richard Runion (June 27, 2008)  There are many advantages of alpaca ownership for a person filing a tax return. The tax laws change every year, and you may consult a qualified accountant specializing in farming and ranching. Fortunately for you, the herd's value will increase gradually, as female alpacas only deliver one cria a year. This implies that you don't have to pay exorbitant tax on the rising value of your .. (Farm Ranch)

How to Flank a Calf

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 Jay Hopson (June 26, 2008)  Somewhere along the line of your cowboy career, you will undoubtedly be called upon to flank a calf. This may be the kind of flanking you see calf ropers do at rodeos, or it may be flanking a calf that has been drug up by the hind feet. There is an art to flanking a calf, and we will explore that art here. The main factors in flanking are balance and timing. A weightlifter may have .. (Farm Ranch)

Alpaca Farming The Business of Alpacas Part 2

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 Richard Runion (June 25, 2008)  In a previous article, I highlighted some facts and figures related to the business of raising alpacas. You must also consider how stable alpaca values remain, before you venture into the business of raising alpacas. Currently, an alpaca retails for between $15,000 and $20,000. The price is the same as it was, 20 years back, when the animals were imported into the US. The price hasn't . (Farm Ranch)

Keeping Pigs Healthy

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 Phil Bart (June 23, 2008)  The most common problem with keeping pigs is that pigs stress. Hauling, vaccination and introducing pigs to a new environment or a new pig can be a very troublesome time. Pigs are easily stressed and scared which makes them more vulnerable to ill health. The usual signs of a stressed pig are a slower growth rate and a decrease in food consumption. The most likely time for a pigs health . (Farm Ranch)

Alpaca Farming The Business of Alpacas Part 1

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 Richard Runion (June 21, 2008)  There are lots of alpaca raisers who are in it for the money, because it's a good investment, with steady and sure returns. Also, if they have prior experience raising herd cattle, like sheep, they will already have the land and set-up required, making it easy for them, to embrace the alpaca lifestyle. In this article, I have highlighted some facts and figures about raising alpacas. .. (Farm Ranch)

Sheep Farming Hair Breeds, The Best Profit of the Desert

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 Ernesto Beall (June 21, 2008)  In the time when Woodrow Wilson was President of the United States he used sheep for grazing in the White House Lawn. They sold the wool to raise money for the Red Cross in World War 1. Over the years since ancient times to the modern days sheep has been a form of life for many people do to the fact that they are very productive and can reach high production in less years. Has been .. (Farm Ranch)

Alpaca Farming Purchasing Your First Alpaca Part 2

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 Richard Runion (June 19, 2008)  In my previous article, I talked about selecting your first alpaca on the basis of its color, temperament, etc. When you buy your alpaca, you must make sure you get the ARI registration papers along with a list of awards and health issues. If she has had more than 2 lost pregnancies, or has given birth to more than 2 crias who didn't survive, you need to probe further, before buying .. (Farm Ranch)

Alpaca Farming Purchasing Your First Alpaca

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 Richard Runion (June 17, 2008)  You may have to pay between 15,000 and 20,000 dollars, on average, for the first alpaca you buy. The price depends on the purpose for which you are buying the animal. As I have explained in a previous article, the purpose of buying could be to sell the fleece, or breed stock to be sold later, or simply to raise the animal as a pet. If you are planning to buy a fair number of animals, .. (Farm Ranch)




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