Livestock

Homesteading articles about Livestock as it pertains to homesteaders, farming, animal husbandry, gardening, and myriad other topics discussed at Homestead.org, collected over two decades from experienced homesteaders who know what they’re talking about.

Establishing a Market for Farm-raised Meats

Thirty years ago my parents loaded my little brother and me into Dad’s 1978 powder-blue Dodge pickup and headed fifteen…

1 month ago

Building Community Through Bartering and Trading

Think back to your grandparents, or maybe your great-grandparents and the stories they used to tell you.  Chances are they…

1 month ago

The Basics of Raising Backyard Chickens

Chickens are one of the easiest forms of livestock to raise and can be raised in many areas, including dense…

1 month ago

Small-Scale Rabbit Farming

Small-scale rabbit farming is an excellent idea for homesteaders who want to supplement food and income, but don't live on…

2 months ago

Buying Your First Horse

You’ve been bitten by the rural lifestyle bug.  Maybe you’re living on some acres, the kids are nagging you to…

2 months ago

Livestock Guard Dogs: Just Like Lassie, Only Better

When I had my dairy goats in Wisconsin nothing bothered them, and they lived happily and without a care in…

3 months ago

Quail Crazy: Raising Coturnix Quail on the Homestead

The first thing I say when asked about raising Coturnix quail is this: I wish I knew about them sooner! …

3 months ago

Itty Bitty Bovines: Raising Miniature Cattle Breeds

If you manage a home garden, you know well the satisfaction that comes from growing your own produce.  That same…

3 months ago

Goat Milk Galore: Goat Milk Recipes and Products

Among the greatest blessings of spring are all the babies and if you have goats on your homestead, you probably…

3 months ago

Homestead Goats: The Diversified Farm Stock

Anyone who has started or managed a homestead knows the many hours spent trying to decide what type of livestock…

3 months ago

Rabbit Stew, or Rabbits, too? Raising Meat Rabbits (Maybe)

My guy, Larry, wanted to make rabbit stew.  After searching in our area for someone raising meat rabbits, and coming…

3 months ago

Attract Wildlife to Your Property

Living in the country means you have to deal with fewer people.  Country neighbors are few but often become like family.…

4 months ago