Adding Value to Milk

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…

Heritage Livestock Breeds Comparison Charts

We recently linked to the Pick-a-Chick chart from the Livestock Conservancy, allowing prospective chicken keepers to compare the characteristics of heritage breeds at a glance. The Livestock Conservancy has many other useful charts for other types of livestock, as well: Cattle. Horses. Donkeys. Pigs. Goats. Sheep. Rabbits. Turkeys. Geese. Ducks. Depending on the type of…

Grazing Systems Planning Guide

Is the thought of planning a rotational or management-intensive grazing system daunting to you? If you are new to the concept, you will probably appreciate this free guide from the University of Minnesota Extension Service—Grazing Systems Planning Guide. The Grazing Systems Planning Guide is directed at beginners and walks graziers through the planning process sequentially….

Toggenburg

The tough, spirited Toggenburg is one of the most low-maintenance dairy goats—and one of the most challenging.

Tennessee Fainting Goat

Although best known for “fainting” when startled, the Tennessee Fainting Goat is more than just a novelty.

Saanen

This pure white breed has earned its reputation as the Holstein of the goat world.

Pygmy

Sweet and spunky, the lovable Pygmy goat endears itself to all who know it.

Oberhasli

This rare Swiss dairy breed is making a rebound thanks to the work of dedicated breeders.