Raising Livestock

Raising Meat Rabbits – The Complete Beginner’s Guide

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The Benefits of Raising Meat Rabbits Raising meat rabbits is one of the most space efficient means of growing livestock for meat. Whether you live on a full blown many acre homestead, or on a town lot in the burbs, rabbits are a viable option in your self-sufficiency and survival planning. They are a great [...]

Raising Cattle on Small Acreage: Risks and Benefits

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We Thought We Knew Everything About Raising Cattle… When we decided to buy a homestead in rural Tennessee, we wanted a more peaceful, quiet existence. We didn’t necessarily want to be isolated from people, but we wanted a place far enough out to have some relative privacy. One reason we bought a farm was to [...]

Winterizing Your Chicken Coop: 4 Easy Ways to Avoid Frozen Chickens

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As most anyone who has raised chickens will probably tell you, they are, overall, pretty easy to care for. Regardless of whether they are raised in the confines of a coop or free-ranged, they require very little in the way of maintenance. Throughout the majority of the year, the biggest worry of raising chickens is [...]

Beekeeping for Homesteaders and Preppers: Honeybees as Livestock

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Honeybees – The Forgotten Livestock When we think of livestock for survival and in general, we tend to think of four legs and fur. However, in terms of return in the form of a diversity of highly useful products, we should take a step outside that box and think in terms of six legs and [...]

Homesteading Livestock: Choosing the Right Livestock for Your Needs

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Once you have decided to take the livestock plunge, it is time to get down to the serious business of choosing what type or types of stock you will raise. Some of this decision making will be dictated to you by circumstances. For instance, if you are stuck in the burbs, an Angus bull is [...]

Raising Livestock as Part of Your Survival Plan – What to Consider

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In preparedness, as well as in our normal lives, my family has adopted a strategy of self-sufficiency on the homesteading model. While food storage, arms and ammunition, communications gear and generalized survival equipment and skills remain important to us, the ability to sustain ourselves long-term is the heart and soul of our preps. These are [...]