What animal would you raise for harvest

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cycloneman, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. langenc

    langenc Member

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    Whatever it is-go with whatever you need the least help to market it directly to the consumer.

    No need to have to pay butcher and several other hands. Keep as many hands out of the pot as possible.
  2. cycloneman

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    Hoggs are out of the question. Too messy and nasty and turn your land into a mess.

    I think its gona be goats. I also wouldn't mind a few rabbits. This is just for me to suppliment my food source. I want something that will turn my grass into protien for me and my family.

    1. I grow grass and weeds anyway

    2. I dont care if I hit the lottery or how much money i ever have, I will not be at the mercy of the grocery store and the govt.

    3. This is a life change for me. I like comfort you know electricty, ac, heat, food but i am gona make dam sure i can live without big brother feeding me or making me sell my soul.
  3. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

    I'd pay to see that.:p

    I love rabbit, but it's too expensive to buy. And they're aweful cute to raise and butcher.:(

    So I guess it would be goats fer me. PLUS... ya can rent 'em out as a 'green' alternative to land clearing. Win-win.
  4. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    Bob, check in with the local 4H. There are kids out there who have rabbits for sale, dressed and skinned for a reasonable price. Same thing with lamb (domestic whitetail.)

    Pops
  5. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

    Local?

    4H in Seattle?:confused:

    Buying rabbit around here is like buying duck. 15-20 bucks a lb if ya can find it.
    And ducks are the swine of the feathered kingdom. They'll eat anything.:rolleyes:
  6. armedandsafe

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  7. cpttango30

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    http://gardenpool.org/

    This is one hell of a set up.
  8. Millwright

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    You got a lot of really interesting input, CM ! Having grown up on a farm I'll add my $.05 worth ! Four acres is kinda small, so it pretty much rules out large herbivors and/or large poultry like emus, etc. If you have grain farmers in your area you might want to investigate buying their "gleanings" (i.e. cracks, dust, beeswings, etc) from their cleaning/storage operations to feed anything from turkeys to ducks/geese - all good small farm choices ! If hay is cheap goats are a good choice, yielding excellent milk, cheese and tender sweet meat (so long as you keep the billy in his own pen) !

    What it gets down to is learning/deciding what feed sources are cheapest in your area and what animals you can husband with your available land/resources with them ? But never, never, never ever forget its a 24/7 undertaking that'll likely take all of your family]s time resources ! (IOW, there's a reason why farm families have so many children !)

    A hidden "plus" in your scheme is children introduced early on to responsibility and trust - as in caring for animals - turn out to be much better adults ! And isn't that the real objective of any "family" ? >MW
  9. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

    ^Excellent post MW^
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