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You may be wondering if you can really have it all. After all, weren’t modern livestock breeds specialized for a reason? Let’s find out.
Keeping your animals on pasture obviously has financial benefits, and you’ve probably heard of the numerous health benefits, as well. Even nonruminants like pigs and poultry can derive a great portion of their diet from the pasture, although they will need some type of supplemental feed. So how do you make it all work? Pasture […]
Looking for the right cattle breed for your small farm or ranch? We have plenty of resources to help you make that selection, including our online guide to cattle breeds and the first book in our new Practical Country Living series—Choosing a Breed of Cattle by Michelle Lindsey. But if you’re curious to know what […]
Define your expectations, and then arm yourself with key information on 40 common cattle breeds, including beef, dairy, and multipurpose types.
Looking for ways to expand your small-farm dairy business? Milk offers many opportunities for diversifying your product offerings! Here are some common ways to add value to farm-fresh milk. Cream Cream is not one of the more popular value-added dairy products around, but it does have a loyal following among health-conscious customers. Fresh, raw cream […]
An overview of the advantages of sheep milk, the best breeds for dairying, and a few special care considerations.
It’s a commonly accepted fact—just check out our cattle breed guide or any other resource that allows for a comparison of beef and dairy breed temperaments. While no bull is entirely safe, dairy bulls are just downright dangerous. Here are some of the reasons why. Genetics Because as a general rule dairy farming is intensive […]
These charts offer basic information on important factors to evaluate when choosing a breed.
The tough, spirited Toggenburg is one of the most low-maintenance dairy goats—and one of the most challenging.