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View Poll Results: Most important farm animal?
Cow 42 9.01%
Horse 14 3.00%
Goat 49 10.52%
Pig 16 3.43%
Chicken 293 62.88%
Rabbit 15 3.22%
Fish 1 0.21%
Sheep 11 2.36%
Emu 3 0.64%
Other 22 4.72%
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Muscovy ducks are our livestock of choice, right now. Great eggs from the ducks, lots of red meat on the drakes, lots of nutrient rich water to use on the fruit trees. They hatch out ducklings reliably on their own (started sitting in Jan this year), and do a good job of taking care of the little ones with no special need for extra heat or shelter.

This is our second year with them and it has been a big learning curve, but they are keepers for sure. They take our hot summers and still love a bath in freezing winter temps.
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I'd say Dogs, Turkey and Goats
Dogs, big hard headed primitive dogs: Malamutes, Akitas, Greenland Dogs and the like. true working breeds that can fend for themselves if left in the wild with coyotes and bears. If you don't get too attached skin them for that glorious fur.
Turkey's seem to do a better job taking care of themselves while free range than Chickens do. They face less predation and even intimidate some humans.
Goats are Goats! They will do most physical work a dog will just slower and they won't scare wildlife. meat, fur or fur-off skin, dairy.

Coming from a family that has had cattle since the earliest records of them being in America I say a big NO to cattle! Yaks, maybe I don't have enough experience with them...
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skimmed this but didn't see geese mentioned, they are very good guard dogs and you can get eggs, feathers and meat from them.
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While I wouldnt have voted for it as number 1, one/two animals I never see mentioned here for survival or prepping are llamas/alpacas.

They are low maint, dont require alot of food, can be used for packing, but especially, provide valuable fibers.
Llamas also protect against coyotes and other vermin. They will protect your goats and chickens. On an establish farm they can replace guard dogs.
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Llamas also protect against coyotes and other vermin. They will protect your goats and chickens. On an establish farm they can replace guard dogs.
Dogs not only protect your livestock, but they will run smaller critters like coons and possums out your gardens and orchards. I would not care to have llamas roaming around in such places where I grow food.
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I couldn't decide which animal is more valuable. They all have their uses.

My current menagerie includes a cat (mouse hunter); dogs ("alarm" system, and usually coyote deterrent); horses (transportation and manure for fertilizer...LOTS of manure/fertilizer ); goats (milk/dairy products, meat, hides, and again, manure/fertilizer); cow (milk/dairy products, meat, leather, and manure/fertilizer); chickens (eggs, meat, feathers, manure/fertilizer) turkeys (meat and feathers) and ducks (eggs, meat, feathers, down, manure/fertilizer), and BEES (pollination of food plants, wax, honey)

Eventually we plan on adding swine (meat, lard, pigskin), sheep (wool/fiber, meat, and milk for certain cheeses), and geese (another "alarm system", meat, and eggs.)
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We have a zoo here. Guard llamas protect the sheep, goats and Emu in the fields. that keeps vermin away from the barn and house. It would be a toss up between chickens and goats. Chickens would get the nod as one can eat a chicken in a couple of days eliminating the storage issue. Goat need to be processed and the meat stored for long term or at least a few weeks.
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In my humble opinion a good watch dog is the most important followed by hardy free range hens . The dog warns me of ANY intruders and the hens eat ALL the insect pest and keep me and the dog fed .
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1. - Horse, 2. - Hog, 3. - Fat-Tailed Sheep
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