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.

Super-Small-Scale Farming

How many acres do you own? Ten? Five? Two? None? Good news—you can still farm! Yes, it’s true! Limited acreage cannot prevent you from pursuing a country lifestyle or from raising food either for your own use or to sell to others. With wise stewardship of the land, a couple of acres can yield an…

How Are Livestock Upgraded?

The term “upgrade” may sound a little strange at first when applied to livestock.  How in the world can somebody upgrade a cow or a goat? Upgrading refers to crossing two livestock breeds with a specific purpose in mind—improving one of the breeds. For example, suppose you raise a rare breed of cattle.  There are…

Starting & Running Your Own Small Farm Business

That first year of entrepreneurship can be rather daunting, no matter what your business is.  Fortunately, Sarah Beth Aubrey walks you through the process in ten steps. The ten steps outlined in Aubrey’s book, Starting & Running Your Own Small Farm Business, are: Build a plan. Test the waters. Get the money. Choose your business…

Angus

Those familiar with the popularity of the Angus breed today may be surprised to hear of its humble beginnings. Angus cattle originally descended from polled (naturally hornless) native cattle of Aberdeenshire and Angus, counties in northern Scotland. The strains from the two counties were crossed and recrossed over time until a distinct breed, then called…