how much space do goats need

How Much Space Do Goats Need and the Factors to Consider

There are a few pertinent questions that anyone looking to raise goats or go into goat farming needs to ask themselves. One of the most important ones is how much space do goats need? While there are some adorably miniature goat breeds, such as the Pygmy goats and Nigerian dwarf goats, all goats need enough space and land to browse and play. For your goats to thrive, they need pasture and as much open space … Read more

vietnamese potbelly pig

Vietnamese Potbelly Pig ~ Facts About Raising These Small Pigs

Pig lovers around the world keep pigs for several reasons. The reasons often vary depending on the pig breed. For instance, some people love keeping small pig breeds, such as the Vietnamese potbelly pig, as pets. Other than that, keep feeder pigs for the pork and commercial value. Many still keep pigs, mostly because they want a variety of farm animals on their property. Whatever your reason for keeping pigs, the breed or type of … Read more

how long is a cow pregnant

How Long Is a Cow Pregnant ~ Pregnancy in Heifers and Cows

Few things are quite as exciting to most cow breeders as having pregnant cows in the herd. This often means that, with the right management, the herd size will increase as soon as the cows give birth. But how long are cows pregnant, and what kind of complications can you expect during this gestation period? How Long Is a Cow’s Gestation Period? How long is your cow going to be pregnant? On average, a cow’s … Read more

Ossabaw Pigs

Ossabaw Pigs ~ Everything You Need to Know

Ossabaw pigs come from a breed of feral pigs that were originally found on Ossabow Island in Georgia. The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy recognizes this breed of pigs as a heritage breed since they were originally found and bred on farms around Ossabow Island. These are extremely hardy pigs that are descendants of feral hogs. Even though it’s smaller than most pig breeds, such as the Idaho Pasture pigs, they are quite tenacious and provide … Read more

hog vs pig

Hog vs Pig ~ What’s the Difference?

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. So, what is the difference between a hog vs pig? Hog vs Pig On the face of it, there isn’t much of a difference between these animals. After all, they all like wallowing in the mud, and the sows (female … Read more

small breeds of pigs

Small Breeds of Pigs ~ All You Need to Know

Small breeds of pigs have existed for about as long as any breeds of pigs have existed. As you can imagine, these miniature pigs don’t get the same treatment as most other hogs. This is mostly on account of being exceptionally tiny and cute. Paris Hilton once made headlines for ordering a Royal Dandle miniature pig which cost her an astounding $4,500 at the time. While most breeds of small pigs aren’t that expensive, they … Read more

how to breed pigs

How to Breed Pigs ~ Breeding Pigs the Right Way

Genetics plays an important role in a pig’s meat quality and overall performance. That’s one of the main reasons commercial and private pig farmers pay close attention to their breeding stock. As a pig producer, learning how to breed pigs is a skill that will go a long way towards improving the caliber of animals on your farm. While breeding pigs is relatively easy, the trick is in the specifics. The kind of boar you … Read more

fencing for pigs

Fencing for Pigs ~ Which Type Is Best for Your Farm?

If you intend to raise pigs, you will need fencing for pigs on your farm. There are several reasons why this is important. For starters, even the most domesticated pig breeds can go feral when left to roam freely on the land. Another, and more important reason, is that some states forbid free-ranging pigs. Even though states like California have strict laws on just how much space you can designate for your pigs, letting them … Read more

bearded goat

Bearded Goat ~ All You Need to Know

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 be male goats. Strangely enough, this doesn’t hold true for all goat breeds. It’s also not uncommon to find a female bearded goat.  So, why do goats have facial hair, and what do they do with those awesome beards? Let’s … Read more

how much does a goat cost

How Much Does a Goat Cost? Factors Affecting the Price

How much does a goat cost? The answer to this question depends on several things. For one thing, it depends on the breed of goat you want to buy and whether or not it’s registered with a governing body like the American Boer Goat Association — like if you are looking to buy a Boer goat, for example. Another key factor to consider would be the age and size of the goat. What about how … Read more