ram vs goat

Ram vs Goat ~ Key Differences and Fun Facts

In a ram vs goat fight, there’s a good chance that the ram comes out on top. This is because rams tend to be bulkier in size and, in many cases, stronger. These are just some of the many differences between rams and goats. In many places, the two names may be used interchangeably, albeit incorrectly. For clarification, let’s look closely at both a ram and goat. Here, we will highlight all the key differences … Read more

Why do goats faint

Why Do Goats Faint? Fun Facts About Myotonic Goats

Why do goats faint when they are startled? As you can imagine, every animal is born with a fight or flight instinct, and for prey animals like goats, the flight instinct is often stronger than the fight. However, some goats don’t run away when they are startled. Instead, these goats start running, and then, somewhere along the way, they stiffen up and fall over, with their legs remaining rigid for a little while. They look … Read more

how to milk a sheep

How to Milk a Sheep ~ A Step-by-Step Guide

It might sound strange to many city folks, but learning how to milk a sheep can be a highly profitable skill to acquire. While there are many different kinds of milk today, from almond milk to hemp milk and even coconut milk, the original milk trio came from cows, goats, and dairy sheep.  For about 10,000 years, people have been milking sheep, goats, and cows. Out of these three, sheep’s milk is the most nutritious. … Read more

how to shear a sheep

How to Shear a Sheep with Best Tips for Beginners

It’s important to learn how to sheer a sheep properly. Not only do the sheep need it to survive through the summer heat, but the resulting wool could be a good source of income for the farm. Sheep farmers with high-quality wool breeds such as Merino and Rambouillet should consider selling their wool.  Make no mistake about it; sheep shearing is hard work. No matter how skilled you are at shearing sheep, the entire process … Read more

Ouessant sheep

Ouessant Sheep ~ Small Sheep for Your Farm

Ouessant sheep, known by many other names, including Ushant, Mouton d’Ouessant, and Breton Island Dwarf, is a dwarf sheep breed originating from the Ile d’Ouessant, which is a small island just off the coast of Brittany, France. The Ouessant sheep are believed to be one of the smallest sheep breeds in the world. They were only found on the island of Ouessant until the early 20th century. This breed of sheep is now found almost … Read more

cheviot sheep

Cheviot Sheep ~ What to Know About this Sheep Breed for Wool

There’s a hardy breed of white-faced sheep known for their tenacity, alertness, friendliness, and, best of all, their wool and meat production. The Cheviot sheep is a sheep breed like no other. Not only does it have a host of distinctive characteristics, but it also looks quite different from any other sheep breed. The first thing you will notice about the North Country Cheviot sheep is that it has ears that stand out straight like … Read more

columbia sheep

Columbia Sheep ~ Excellent for Wool Production and More

Sheep breeders the world over raise sheep for different purposes. Some do so for meat production, others for milk, and many do it for wool production. The Columbia sheep are bred specifically for their wool production capabilities. That isn’t to say that the sheep don’t produce excellent meat. Sheep bred for wool or milk are also often bred for their meat production. The meat from the Columbia sheep is not only lean and soft but … Read more

ongole cattle

Ongole Cattle ~ Everything You Need to Know

There are few beef cattle breeds so resilient and disease-resistant as Ongole cattle. This hardy breed is mostly found in India and comes from the Ongole region. It’s also often referred to as the Nellore breed. That’s mostly because Ongole Taluk is a division of a district once part of the Nellore district. It is, however, now part of the Guntur district, a part of Andhra Pradesh. Ongole cattle are so popular in India that … Read more

how cold can chickens tolerate

How Cold Can Chickens Tolerate? How to Keep them Warm in Winter

Technically speaking, chickens are cold-hardy animals that can tolerate temperatures just below freezing. However, just because they are cold-hardy doesn’t mean they don’t get cold. Learning how cold is too cold for chickens will help you learn how to keep your chickens warm in winter. As a chicken owner in an area that sees harsh freezing temperatures during winter, you must learn how to keep your chickens warm through the colder temperatures. In some cases, … Read more

how long do chickens live

How Long Do Chickens Live Naturally? What Affects a Chicken’s Lifespan

How long do chickens live? How long do chickens live naturally? Remember, many farmers use them for meat. Which are the best breeds, and what can you do to improve a chicken’s lifespan? These are all questions that any aspiring backyard chicken keeper would reasonably ask themselves and any experts around them. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, there are about 1,600 different breeds of chicken worldwide. Each of these breeds … Read more

blue silkie chicken

Blue Silkie Chicken ~ Fluffy Chickens for Your Homestead

Silkie chickens, like the Blue Silkie chicken, are some of the world’s favorite pet chickens. This is mostly because they are fluffy and adorable. As one of a few chicken breeds with feathers all over their bodies, they are covered in feathers from head to toe. Blue Silkies are sought-after because they have unique blue and lavender feathers. Their feathers are soft, look like fur, and feel like satin or silk. The American Bantam Association … Read more

pine shavings for chickens

Pine Shavings for Chickens ~ Yay or Nay?

Keeping your flock’s health in mind, learn about pine shavings for chickens along with less toxic alternatives. While pine wood shavings do work as chicken coop material for insulation, you may want to consider other options such as sand. The problem with using pine shavings is the abietic acid from pine resin which can damage lung cells in chickens. Chickens are exposed to abietic acid through inhalation. They will also inhale the fine dust from … Read more

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How to Harvest Prickly Pear and What to Do With Them

Learn how to harvest prickly pear safely. I live in Tucson, Arizona, and have at least 30 prickly pear cactus plants on my property. We lost a few to a record-breaking drought a few years back. Aside from that, we have done nothing to maintain them and enjoy the harvest of prickly pears each year.  We moved to Tucson when my son was in second grade. The first full week of school, in August, his … Read more

How Often Do Goats Go Into Heat

How Often Do Goats Go Into Heat and How To Tell

Here we explain how often do goats go into heat and the signs. As a goat keeper, knowing when goats are in heat will allow you to either get your does mounted, hopefully resulting in a bunch of young goats or kids, or keep the doe away from bucks if you don’t want them pregnant. Some farmers don’t want their does to get pregnant — maybe because of their age or their traits — or … Read more

how long do pigs live

How Long Do Pigs Live & What Factors Affect Their Lifespan?

On average, how long do pigs live? The answer to such a question in regards to any animal, not just pigs, is often dependent on a number of factors. Some of the key determinants of how long an animal lives are factors such as: Typical living conditions Types of food it consumes and overall nutrition Care it receives What are the threats it faces If the breed is generally disease-resistant Pigs come in two classes. … Read more

how to keep goats warm in winter

How to Keep Goats Warm in Winter ~ 6 Tips for Goats in Cold Weather

Have you ever wondered how cold is too cold for goats and how to keep goats warm in winter? While they are technically cold-hardy animals that can survive low temperatures, some temperatures are unhealthy for them. Frostbite and hypothermia are concerns for goats in winter, especially the doelings and bucklings. A healthy adult goat can survive in temperatures as low as 0° Fahrenheit (-18° Celsius) and as high as 100° Fahrenheit (38° Celsius). However, when … Read more

How to Get Rid of Hay Belly in Goats

How to Get Rid of Hay Belly in Goats

Learning how to get rid of hay belly in goats could help make your herd healthier. Although not quite as deadly as goat bloat, hay belly can be a nuisance and, without the right remedy, could lead to malnourished goats. Hay belly is a condition that is more common in Boer, Nigerian dwarf goats, and Pygmy goats. Even though Pygmy goats tend to have large bellies that make them look pregnant, it’s important to ascertain … Read more

how to trim goat hooves

How to Trim Goat Hooves

There are a lot of skills that go into raising healthy goats. Learning how to trim goat hooves happens to be one of those necessary skills. The best part is that once you know what to do, it isn’t that difficult. You should inspect and maintain goat hooves regularly, every 4 – 6 weeks. However, a lot depends on the breed, goat age, and types of surfaces the goat walks on. Below are the necessary … Read more

How Much Does a Sheep Cost

How Much Does a Sheep Cost and Factors That Affect the Price

If you randomly picked any sheep farmer and asked them how much does a sheep cost? There’s a good chance that you will get an answer as random as the farmer giving it. Many factors go into determining the price of livestock, and sheep aren’t an exception to this rule. Now, if you got a bit more specific with the question and asked something along the line of “how much do adult Suffolk sheep or … Read more

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Red Wattle Pigs ~ Everything You Need to Know

Red Wattle pigs, also known as Red Pigs, Red Wattle or Red Wattle hogs, are a pig breed that is unique to North America. That makes this pig extremely valuable genetically as a heritage breed (breeds raised by our forefathers). This reasonably large pig is known for its excellent foraging activity, hardiness, and rapid growth rate, making it one of the best species to raise for pork or meat production. For good reason, farmers across … Read more