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  1. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Anyone here have goats and sheep, or one or the other? What is good to plant for them? I would like something that I do not have to plant every year. I am looking at getting short haired sheep. Pasture will be around seven acres. There is a lot of underbrush on the area right now. Lots of...
  2. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I have stated raising Pygmy goats. I have 4 does and 2 bucks. I anyone else raising them? I have one pregnant, I plan on milking them to have milk, make cheese and butter.
  3. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Is it safe to use creosote telephone poles for a pole barn where livestock will be kept? A place here in Jasper Texas sells culled poles in both pressure treated and creosote. Price for either type of pole is the same, which is $2 a foot. Related thread - using telephone poles for fence post...
  4. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Anyone who has goats, please measure from the ground to about mid-shoulder height, or where the goats rub on the fence. This weekend I will be running a strand on the bottom on the field fence, and a strand about midway up the fence. Which is better, half way up the fence, or about where the...
  5. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    What is a good field fence for chickens? I am about to pull my hair out trying to pick between goat fence and field fence. Field fence - http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/general-purpose-field-fence-6-in-vertical-stays-47-in-h-12-1-2-ga-filler-wire Goat fence -...
  6. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Share your experiences with keeping goats and chickens in the same building and same field. My wife and I are getting ready to build a new chicken house and chicken yard. The field will be 200 feet long, 100 feet wide on the back end and about 175 feet wide on the front end. The main reason...
  7. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    How far should I space tee post for my goat / sheep field? This same field is going to double as a chicken field. In a previous thread talked about goat fencing and other ideas, but how far should the tee post be spaced? My brother spaced his tee post 10 feet apart for his cattle and goats...
  8. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    How much room does a goat need in a stall? My wife and I area getting ready to fence in a chicken / goat field. We currently have a 75 X 35 chicken yard, but with the new chicks there are going to be too many. The new field is going to be 200 X 100. This is in addition to the 7 - 9 acres I...
  9. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    This spring I plan on fencing in a few acres to put cattle and maybe some goats and sheep on. The field is about 7 acres. I hope to only put a handful of cows at any one time, and maybe a horse later on. Lets start off at the gate: Should I go with a mesh gate, or a regular tubing gate? My...
  10. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Strong argument here and a good article for the value of keeping goats for prolonged survival; http://www.thedailysheeple.com/how-the-poor-mans-cow-will-keep-you-alive-and-healthy_052013 enjoy!
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    I am in Virginia. We are trying to be sustainable and independent from groceries, if possible. We buy only flour and potatoes. We have milk from our goats, eggs from out free ranging chickens and meat I obtain by hunting in season. This is not perfect, but it helps to save a lot and live on a...
  12. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    There are all kinds of articles out there talking about meat after SHTF. You want to know what is missing in a lot of those articles? Exact details. Awhile back we talked about how many chickens would be needed for SHTF. I would like to do this article in the same manner as the chicken...
  13. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    So, I'm thinking about getting some goats to help with pasture maintenance. We just bought our property at the end of last May. We have spent the winter making repairs to the outbuildings and fences as well as cutting dead and dying trees and clearing briars. Now that all of that is complete I...
  14. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    In another thread we talked about cattle, in this thread I would like to discuss the good and bad points of goats, sheep and cattle. My wife and I are planning on moving to the homestead; after which I plan on fencing in a 10 - 13 acre field for some kind of meat and milk producing livestock...
  15. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    okay so i want to start a homestead. build a small shack at first raise some animals and grow food. animals for food and clothing goats rabbits chicken maybe sheep. im not sure about the crops to plant since this will be done in the ochoco mountains in oregon. I want to be as self relient as...
  16. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Over the past few weeks I have been posting on my blog about what my project for 2013 should be. Should it be rabbits, honey bees, both, or maybe even something else? The question from there needs to be, what project is going to provide my family with the greatest return on our investment...
  17. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Lets say some kind of SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation happens tomorrow, what would your long term farming, gardening and hunting plans be? Do you plan on hunting for most of your food from livestock, gardening, hunting or a combination of food sources? Long term survival plans after SHTF One of...
  18. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Anyone raising goats for meat? If so, what does goat meat taste like? Several years ago I used to work with some mexicans that brought goat meat for lunch. From the pieces they gave me, I found the taste pleasant. I am looking for an alternative to raising cattle. Within the next year my...
  19. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    From a Survivalist standpoint, which animal is the most important when it comes to food, farm work, or animal byproduct? Please discuss.
  20. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I am a young man with a wife, stocking away money at a good clip. We are moving to where at least one of us could stay to tend land on a full-time basis. We'd like a smallish farm/ranch. Small garden (enough for our personal needs and a little extra) and mainly livestock. I understand that I...
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