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    Raising Pigs

    Should you raise pigs?
    by bgarrett

    Friday, July 18, 2014, 8:04 PM

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    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.

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    Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game

    Basic Butchering of Livestock & Game

    Book recommendation for building resilience
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 3:37 PM

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    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…

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

    Repercussions are everywhere
    by Chris Martenson

    Thursday, August 30, 2012, 12:02 AM

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    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.

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    5 Uses for Livestock Panels

    More than just fencing, a flexible building material.
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 11:13 PM

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    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.  

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    Growing Sprouted Fodder For Livestock

    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Monday, March 19, 2012, 6:29 PM

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    Fodder or animal feed is any feedstock used specifically to feed domesticated livestock such as cattle, goats, sheep, horses, chickens and pigs. “Fodder” refers particularly to food given to the animals (including plants cut and carried to them), rather than that which they forage for themselves in pasture and grazing land. It includes hay, straw, silage, compressed and pelleted feeds, oils and mixed rations, and also sprouted grains and legumes.  The fodder system we are focusing on here today is a hydroponically grown, quick turn over, and cost effective system.   

    With many regions of the world experiencing record droughts and peak water becoming more of a concern for many businesses and individuals who own and raise livestock,  seeking options and solutions to maintain the health and growth of their animals can be a challenge.  Sprouting fodder on site can be a dependable and low cost source of feed and nutritional supplementation, creating a local, on demand feed source that can build great resiliency and independence for homesteaders and those in agricultural industries. 

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