Pastured Poultry Profits

Poultry is a fairly easy enterprise to start with, and it doesn’t require a great deal of space, either.  If you are considering raising broilers, either for sale or for home consumption, you may also want to consider reading Pastured Poultry Profits by Joel Salatin. A wealth of information on a wide range of topics…

Belgian Blue

Although gentle, the double-muscled Belgian Blue is tough to raise due to many health and reproductive issues.

5 Ways to Save Money On Seeds

If we avid gardeners were to be brutally honest with ourselves, we would all probably have to admit that we spend way too much money on seeds.  There are always new and exciting varieties to try, and we want to have some extra seeds on hand just in case, and sometimes we get carried away…

What is Silage?

Silage is simply fermented fodder stored in an airtight condition to be fed to livestock later on.  Any type of grass plant can be used, including cereal grains such as corn, sorghum, and oats.  Note, however, that the grain is not the only part being ensiled (made into silage); the whole plant is cut and…

Natural Goat Care

Goat owners, if you can only buy one book on goat health, consider this book by Pat Coleby.  It is guaranteed to quickly become a favorite, one you will refer to often whether you raise goats for milk, meat, or fiber. Coleby’s approach in Natural Goat Care to goat care is unique, based on the principle that…

Ayrshire

This traditional dairy breed couples production with grass-based sustainability.

Garden Crop Rotations

Most gardeners probably already know the basic tenet of garden crop rotations: Do not plant the same vegetable in the same place two years in row.  The reason we observe this tenet is threefold: To avoid building up diseases in the soil. To hopefully make conditions less than ideal for insect pests. To avoid depleting…

Getting Started with Guineas

Guineas are bizarre birds, no question.  They have blue faces and bony knobs on the tops of their heads, and they make an incredible amount of noise.  It is nearly impossible to talk over as few as three guineas all squeaking and chattering at once. That said, they can be great helpers in the garden…

Wildflowers & Grasses of Kansas

What is that strange-looking weed your favorite milk goat just ate?  Your nationwide field guide either doesn’t have a picture of it or provides such a confusing explanation of the plant’s range that you can’t really decide if it’s even likely to exist in your part of Kansas.  What to do? When you encounter an…

Ankole Watusi

The Cattle of Kings may be novelty items, but they offer valuable survival and reproductive traits to the beef world.