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Acorn-Finished Pork: An Ancient Tradition. Acorn-finished pork is a centuries-old tradition that has been handed down from the Mediterranean region of Europe.

Acorn-Finished Pork: An Ancient Tradition

Pigs are native to the hardwood forests of Eurasia and there is a growing movement in Europe and America to return to more traditional methods of pork production, which are more humane for the pigs, better for the environment, and healthier for the consumer than pork produced by modern factory farms. Jamón ibérico de bellota. Click for price. In some regions, these ancient, traditional methods of raising pork never disappeared. The legendary jamón ibérico de bellota (Iberian acorn-finished ham), also known as pata negra, is widely considered to be the finest pork in the world. The Pros and Cons of Free Range Chickens - The Free Range Life. If you close your eyes and picture the perfect homestead, you might have visions of chickens roaming and pecking freely throughout your acreage.

The Pros and Cons of Free Range Chickens - The Free Range Life

Eating tasty insects and filling your coop with eggs containing bright orange yolks. It’s a pretty picture, but is it realistic? Let’s look at the pros and cons of free range chickens to see which one is really a better choice for you! You will save money on commercial chicken feed. Chickens to the slaughter. Raising your first chickens, killing them, and eating them has gotta rank up there with other Firsts worth a little attention.

Chickens to the slaughter

Now, I’m at least part of the way there: the killing this time was done behind closed doors, with me on the outside—chicken PROCESSING. Still, first enough to be worth a few photos… I’d been cutting it close with booking a processing day for the White Rocks, the local processor is known to get solidly booked for weeks. I finally called yesterday, looking for a date in two weeks, and was told there was also a cancellation for tomorrow (today!). Forget 'Big Goat' Propaganda, Geese Are Better at Mowing And Always Have Been. Geese on an organic farm, doing some lawn work (Photo: NCRS Oregon) In the mid-1980s, after he had retired to Texas, Tom Walker went to Arkansas with one purpose in mind.

Forget 'Big Goat' Propaganda, Geese Are Better at Mowing And Always Have Been

He wanted to buy some geese. “When I was a kid growing up,” he says, “there were geese all around, and they were simply called geese.” Forget 'Big Goat' Propaganda, Geese Are Better at Mowing And Always Have Been. NATURALLY FEEDING RABBITS. Domestic rabbits are descended from European wild rabbits and should have no problem with a non-pelleted diet that includes a variety of feedstuff.

NATURALLY FEEDING RABBITS

Older rabbit books are useful sources of this information. Let’s face it, pellets only came on the market after World War II. If you are feeding pellets, I suggest you contact the feed company and ask for an ingredients list. Not just a nutritional breakdown, but a list of the actual items used. Dear Modern Farmer: How Do I Know If Backyard Slaughter Is Legal? Dear Modern Farmer, I’ve been raising hens (for eggs) at my suburban home for a while now.

Dear Modern Farmer: How Do I Know If Backyard Slaughter Is Legal?

I’d like to add some chickens and maybe even turkeys for meat consumption as well. But I have no idea whether it's legal for me to slaughter my birds in my backyard. Will I be able to? Dear Modern Farmer: How Do I Know If Backyard Slaughter Is Legal? Should you keep only ONE guinea hen... Guinea Fowl International Association - Considerations Before Deciding to Own Guinea Fowl.

Guineas are not for everyone, but sometimes they are the perfect addition.

Guinea Fowl International Association - Considerations Before Deciding to Own Guinea Fowl

What do people need to consider before they decide to own guineas? By Elizabeth Cleveland Things to consider before getting guinea fowl: 1. Raise Small-breed Milk Cows. In 2006, Pat Schout and his wife, Elia, began homesteading in east-central Illinois.

Raise Small-breed Milk Cows

They wanted to raise their own food, including dairy products. They considered a milk cow, but didn’t know if they’d have enough pasture for a full-size cow and weren’t sure if they could manage all the milk a single cow can produce. A neighbor had discussed the option of small-breed beef cattle, and that gave the Schouts the idea to raise their own small-breed dairy cattle. They started with Jerseys (because of the high butterfat content of their milk) and are now working toward breeding miniature Holsteins.

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Beginners Guide to Keeping Guinea Fowl. Charming, fascinating birds – or noisy and disruptive?

Beginners Guide to Keeping Guinea Fowl

Guinea fowl often generate mixed emotions, but apart from die-hard enthusiasts, anyone who has lived in close proximity to a bunch of guineas may well go with the second opinion. There’s no denying that guinea fowl are relatively easy to keep, providing you have plenty of space and no near neighbours. Backyard Fish Farming: How to Raise Fish for Food or Profit at Home. Backyard Fish Farming: How to Raise Fish for Food or Profit at Home.

Raising Guinea Fowl - eXtension. Written by: Dr.

Raising Guinea Fowl - eXtension

Jacquie Jacob, University of Kentucky Guinea fowl, often referred to as guineas, are gamebirds that are increasingly popular among keepers of small and backyard flocks. 7 Reasons Your Homestead Needs Guinea Fowl. Image source: a-z-animals When it comes to adding birds to your homestead, consider adding guinea fowl into the mix. Of course, you have probably heard how loud they can be, but that is a small price to pay for everything that you get from the guineas. There are several different types of guineas out there, so you will have to take your time and figure out what type you want. You will also need to decide on whether or not you want males and females — and how many you want.

Guinea fowl noise crisis (guinea fowl forum at permies) I love the idea of guineas. They are very self-sufficient, forage extremely well, and keep garden plagues to a minimum. Even without meat or eggs, they earn their keep with very little pay. We raised this set of 6 by hand, and they have become so bonded to us that they follow any member of the family everywhere around the property. While they do this, they are constantly calling, no, more like yelling. Quiet guinea fowl. Generally, hens are louder than the boys. Mine always have something to talk about! As for teaching them to roost, it is a process, one best started as keets but not impossible.

Murano Chicken Farm: 14 reasons you should not raise Guinea fowl. Guineas are interesting birds. They are poultry, but not really. They look like little helmets with clown face makeup on. They act like idiots and they eat ticks and bugs like it's their job. Guinea Fowl: Your Overlooked Backyard Buddy. Loud, goofy-looking, flocking birds might not sound like the best backyard companion. Perched high in treetops, guinea fowl aren’t the classically handsome of the bird family, appearing more like mutated vultures than a downy chicken.

With their featherless head and polka-dotted feathers, these fowl once roamed the central African plains and resent captivity to this day. But if you’re concerned with improving our food system's addiction to pesticides and looking for an alternative ‘jack of all trades’ barnyard animal, consider the often-overlooked guinea fowl. Just don’t write them off because of their screeching. Guinea Fowl: Your Overlooked Backyard Buddy. View topic - Advice - do geese deter snakes from yards? Stockyard Horse Classifieds and Discussion Forums. 5 Reasons NOT to Own Guinea Fowl - The Free Range Life.