Are draft animals outdated? Definitely not, teamsters of all types would be happy to tell you. Draft animals have several advantages over machinery, especially when it comes to sustainable agriculture. They don’t require petroleum to run, they are less likely to compact the soil, and they can provide a valuable boost to soil nutrient levels.…… Continue reading 3 Promising Niches for Draft Animals
Just how old the Hamburg breed is or where it came from, we may never know. Conflicting information abounds today. Some believe the breed traces back to the 1300s, while others suggest it is of more recent origin. Many experts claim that the Hamburg was first developed in Holland, while it is sometimes rumored that…… Continue reading Hamburg
The three most common types of livestock that herding dogs work with in the United States are ducks, sheep, and cattle. Other animals that are regularly herded with dogs are chickens, geese, turkeys, and goats. Some talented dogs can herd all of these species. However, many others are a little more specialized, particularly in the…… Continue reading A Guide to Herding by Livestock Species
The Backyard Homestead Seasonal Planner is a season-guided approach to keeping up with the homestead chores in sync with nature.
The Dominique is a classic American creation from colonial days that early chicken keepers crafted from just about every breed available to them. What exactly went into the mix is open for debate. Sussex, Dorking, and other favorite British breeds doubtlessly played a role. The Hamburg may also have had a major influence. The Dominique…… Continue reading Dominique
The premise is that you cannot teach a dog to herd, simply because it already knows how. Instead, your role is that of pack leader.
Those who pursue a different path often meet with skepticism in our society. This is perhaps nowhere quite as true as in the area of agriculture. In The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer, Joel Salatin tackles the status quo head-on. He draws a sharp contrast between conventional farming wisdom and the alternative path…… Continue reading The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer
Due to its bulldoggish appearance, some fear that the Cornish was originally bred for the cruel sport of fighting. Thankfully, this is not the case. Although descended from fierce birds such as the Asil, the Malay, and the Old English Game Fowl, the Cornish was specifically produced for the tables of Cornwall during its earliest…… Continue reading Cornish
Donkeys are well suited to work on smaller farms. Even a miniature donkey can pull a small cart of vegetables or firewood.
Mules are superb in low-input farm situations. The question is whether or not you are one of those special people who can get along with a mule.