Homesteading, Organic Gardening, How to Farm, Preparedness, Self-Reliance
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For me, the definition of farmstead is trying (or actually becoming) self sufficient. We raise animals for one reason, and one reason only! To provide meat for our table.
I recently read a thread about someone owning a Barbados Blackbelly Ram (their Flock Shire from a very small registered breed pool) that had butted them severely… and not only was the author scared of him, but her husband as well. This brings to mind a couple of things. First off , and at least for me,…Continue
Want to have something till your garden for you? Ever consider a Pig Tractor?
We raise feeder pigs over winter. We buy them in the fall (soon as a row or two of the garden is done producing), and send them to the butcher in mid to late spring (when they are about 250 pounds).
We do the wide row gardening (our rows are 4 feet wide by 70 feet long), and move the pig tractor up and down the rows. When they are still very young, they may be in one spot for 10 days to two…Continue