Merino sheep

Merino Sheep on a Hobby Farm

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Homesteaders raise Merino sheep for their high-quality, soft, fine wool as well as their meat. They are medium-sized and manageable which makes them popular for small-scale farming. With quality pasture, you can raise two Merinos … Read more

types of goats

Types of Goats and Reasons for Raising Them

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There are many types of goats, and each are bred for different purposes. They fall into three primary categories: dairy, meat, and fiber. Dairy breeds like Saanen, Nubian, and Alpine provide substantial amounts of milk. … Read more

Ossabaw Pigs

Ossabaw Pigs ~ Everything You Need to Know

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Ossabaw Pigs, or Ossabaw Island Pigs, come from a breed of feral pigs that were originally found on Ossabaw Island off the coast of Georgia. The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy recognizes this breed of pigs … Read more

hog vs pig

Hog vs Pig ~ What’s the Difference?

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Pigs are known by various names, from hog to boar and swine. In fact, in many places, these names are interchangeable. However, you will most likely come across the name pig more often than not. … Read more

bearded goat

Bearded Goat ~ All You Need to Know

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Certain goat breeds, such as the Alpine goat, have distinctive beards on their faces. Going by traditional gender rules, it would be natural to assume that the bearded goats in any breed would most likely … Read more