Dexter Cattle for Sale

We are interested in selling our herd of Dexter cattle.  These are wonderful, dual-purpose (milk and meat) cattle that we’ve had absolutely no problems with.  Our herd consists of 15 healthy animals with a handsome bull (Davy) and our family’s hand-milked cow (Red).  It has been our long-term plan to start a dairy with Jerseys … Read more

Free Range Takes Time

The idea that a family can buy a batch of chicks, stick them out in a field and collect their eggs everyday is NOT realistic. Hens need to be kept closed up on their coop until they are used to a routine of daily feed and watering and through their first laying cycle, when they … Read more

Feeding Beef Cattle (USDA)

Contents Two methods of feeding cattle The supply of feeder cattle Selecting feeders Time to buy feeders Dry-lot feeding Desirable feed combinations Feed required to fatten steers in dry lot Starting cattle on feed Suggested rations Fattening on grass Supplementary feeds for steers on grass Feeding supplements to suckling calves Minerals for fattening cattle Feed-lot … Read more

Caring for Baby Chicks (Simple)

While there are many sources of information on raising chicks, the best starting place is this old USDA guide intended for farm children raising chicks. Read:  usda_careofbabychicks_mff

Feeding Hens

While most who raise hens today for eggs buy feed from local supply shops, a self-suufficient farm needs to learn to feed hens sufficiently with farm-produced ingredients.  The USDA published a great handbook in 1919 explaining just how to do this. Read:  usda_feeding-hens-for-egg-production

Raising a Few Hogs

Don’t be distracted by commercial hog farming, which complicates the traditional raising of family farm hogs.  This simple guide helps families get started raising hogs in a sustainable way. Read here:  usda_raisingfewhogs

Castrating Pigs

Male pigs are castrated when raised for meat.  A good instruction manual for castrating pigs was published by the USDA back in 1916. Read:  usda_castratingpigs