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4 Ways to Raise Livestock Without Chemicals

Ways to keep you animals healthy naturally
Thursday, August 28, 2014, 10:21 AM

4 great tips to keep livestock off the chemical pharmaceuticals and have them on natural methods for preventing and treating common ailments. » Read more

What Should I Do?

Raising Pigs

Should you raise pigs?
Friday, July 18, 2014, 3:04 PM

I’m sure you saw the title of this article and immediately thought, “I already live with a few.”

However, whether you’re a self-reliant homesteader or just want to cut away from your food budget, raising pigs (of the porcine variety) is a great way to become more self-reliant and sufficient. If you raise your own meat in any scenario, you will have more control over how it is raised and fed, and you can make sure that it is essentially raised organically (whether or not you apply for organic certification). Raising your own meat is less expensive than purchasing meat that is not factory-farmed. » Read more

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Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game

Book recommendation for building resilience
Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 10:37 AM

The book Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game seems to be one I have found on a number of friends' and resilient community member' shelves recently, and it is one of my favorite go-to books to reference for when we start thinking about incorporating new livestock into the homestead.  Great instructions and visuals, and it get high marks on Amazon reviews. » Read more


The U.S. Drought Is Hitting Harder Than Most Realize

Repercussions are everywhere
Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 7:02 PM

This is an important update on the U.S. drought of 2012, the combined record-setting July land temperatures, and their impact on food prices, water availability, energy, and even U.S. GDP. 

Even though the mainstream media seems to have lost some interest in the drought, we should keep it front and center in our minds, as it has already led to sharply higher grain prices, increased gasoline costs (via the pass-through of higher ethanol costs), impeded oil and gas drilling activity in some areas (due to a lack of water), caused the shutdown of a few operating electricity plants, temporarily reduced red meat prices (but will also make them climb sharply later) as cattle are dumped on feed- and pasture-management concerns, and blocked and/or reduced shipping on the Mississippi River.  All this and there's also a strong chance that today's drought will negatively impact next year's winter wheat harvest, unless a lot of rain starts falling soon. » Read more

What Should I Do?

5 Uses for Livestock Panels

More than just fencing, a flexible building material.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 6:13 PM

Livestock panels are a heavy gauge galvanized welded wire fencing material.  They are also commonly called "cattle","hog", or “sheep” panels.  They are almost a must have on any new farm or homestead.  They make the acquisition of livestock a much easier process and are an affordable option for smaller spaces. 

Their rigidness and ability to take abuse makes them idea for goats, pigs and other animals that have a tendency to stand on or lean against your fencing.   » Read more