If you have a , you want to maximize value. It’s important to consider choosing a cow from miniature cattle breeds instead of getting a full-size cow. It’s a nice option in these times of rising food prices and concerns regarding food quality. Many people for meat. Others raise them solely for fresh dairy products. This usually means […]
You have some land and want to learn about raising livestock. Is it for you? There's much to learn, including the best animals for larger acreage or more compact farms and backyards.
Learn about the benefits of raising animals and choosing the right animals. We have extensive information on why miniature cattle may be perfect for you. Whether you consider goats, cattle, pigs, or other livestock, you must consider:
- Shelter - You will need to consider protection from cold or hot weather, rain, and more.
- Feeding - How much do they eat and how often to feed them.
- Guarding - This includes information on livestock guardian animals and guardian dogs; fencing; and their overall area to live and roam.
- Overall health and wellness
Many homesteaders choose to raise animals for milk and meat. They may want them for a more off-the-grid lifestyle or to earn money. Others keep animals as part of a larger survival or prepping plan. Whatever your reasons for considering them, learn what you need so you can make an informed decision.
So what is a livestock guardian dog? It is sometimes misunderstood among farmers and ranchers. Many people feel that all breeds of farm dogs are excellent guardians for their livestock. Know that different types of dogs — herding dogs, companion dogs, and all-around farm dogs — are not always suited to be a livestock guardian dog. However, there […]
Caring for livestock can be difficult if you don’t know the basics. While different animals may have certain different requirements, there are some basic needs that are common for all livestock. You need to take some necessary steps to ensure your livestock gets through the toughest seasons. Basics of Caring for Livestock – Provide Shelter The […]
Before we moved to our rural property, we knew we would need some help protecting our future livestock from the local coyotes, black bears, and cougars. Here’s what we learned when deciding if we needed a livestock guardian animal. We knew that smaller mammals and rodents would also be an issue around poultry. Therefore, we […]
How to be livestock guardian dog in case any of you do-it-yourselfers are interested! Even though I am a very busy dog, after a bit of negotiation with myself I agreed to do it and so…here is my DIY how-to! Now where should I start. HMMMMMM. First off, you all need to know that I have a […]
We’ve had beef cattle before, but until I read this book, I didn’t see any way I could ever keep a milk cow.
Not enough space, not enough time, not enough knowledge. But author Sue Weaver has changed my mind.
I now know that a cow does not take a lot of space or time. And with this book at my side, I’d have just about all the knowledge I’d need.