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

Cattle Terms

Calf:  Baby cattle of both genders, until weaning Heifer:  young, female cattle that has not calved Steer:  castrated male cattle Bull:  adult, male cattle capable of breeding (“intact”) Ox:  mature steer (2+ years), trained for draft work Cow:  adult, female cattle that has calved

Goat Prices – Jan 2016

RA_LS552 Raleigh, NC Jan 07, 2016 USDA-NC Dept of Ag Market News State Graded Goat and Sheep Sale Monroe, North Carolina Jan 06, 2016 Total Receipts: 197 goats, 94 sheep Last month: 202 goats, 173 sheep All prices are quoted per head. Slaughter and Replacement Classes: Goats Kids: Selection 1 20-40 lbs 107.00, 40-60 lbs … Read more

Feeding Hens

[quote style=”boxed”]If a poultry raiser does not produce any grain and keeps a comparatively small number of fowls it is often better for him to buy commercial mixed feeds.[/quote] [dropcap]G[/dropcap]ood egg production and profitable returns from laying hens are largely the result of properly balanced rations composed of wholesome feeds. A balanced ration is a combination … Read more

Old-Fashioned Chicken Coop Plan

Many families are interested in getting started with hens that they may produce their own fresh eggs and, if they’re brave, enjoy some meat as well.  Unfortunately, they go online for coop design ideas and…it’s just crazy.  On one extreme you’ll find coops made out of recycled farm debris and on the other, you’ll find designer coops built by … Read more