Livestock

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25 Best Dairy Goat Breeds - Goats for Milk

There are around 570 goat breeds in the world, but only 69 of those are truly identified as "dairy breeds". Some of the best goats for milk include Saanen, Nubian, Alpine, Toggenburg, Sable and Nordic.

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15 Best Goat Breeds for Meat

Meat goats are very easy to care for. They can be raised with little supplemental grain and minimal shelter. Their small size, adaptability to drastic environmental conditions, huge productivity and excellent fertility make them ideal for anyone looking to raise farm animals.

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200+ Lamb and Sheep Names

Planning on owning sheep or growing your flock? Here are over 200 sheep name suggestions to consider for your new fluffy friends!

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How to Introduce a New House Pig to Your Home

This is a summary of how I plan to introduce and acclimate my new house pig to the house and to other pets in the house. Hopefully, this will provide some insight for those who have or are considering a house pig.

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How to Care for Your First Pet Donkey

Donkeys can and do make amiable pets. These hardy critters are independent, amusing and inquisitive. If the idea of cherishing one of your own is appealing but you don't know where to start, then this article is for you.

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The Pros and Cons of Bottle-Feeding a Baby Goat

I have raised my fair share of bottle-fed baby goats. I own goats as personal pets and as members of our petting zoo. I want my goats to be as friendly and people-oriented as possible. There are definitely pros and cons to raising a baby goat on a bottle. Here are my thoughts.

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350+ Pet Goat Names for Your New Goat (From Angus to Waffles)

Thinking about adopting a goat and need some help thinking of good goat names? Here are over 350 goat name ideas to graze through!

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How Much Hay Do My Animals Need for Winter?

"How much hay do I need for the winter?" In this article, I'll discuss how I calculate how much hay to buy each winter without buying too much or too little.

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How to Raise Chickens in an Incubator

Ever wonder what it is like to raise chickens but think that it would be too hard? Read on to see how easy it is to start your brood from an incubator.

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Goats Are Farm Animals That Make Great Pets!

Goats are friendly, brush-eating critters that also make good pets on a small farm, ranch, or homestead. They eat weeds, grass, small brush, and unwanted plants. They also play tricks and are funny!

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Hypothermia in Lambs

Crucial information that could save the life of a lamb that is cold, chilled, or has hypothermia. Hypoglycemia and starvation are addressed as well.

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How to Decide If a Pet Pig Is Right for You

So you want a potbellied pig as a pet. Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you know what you're getting yourself into.

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Best Breeds of Sheep for a Small Farm

Here are my top five picks of sheep breeds for the small (or hobby) farm, plus bonus material!

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75 Classic Cow Names

Cows have some of the biggest personalities on the farm, so have fun in the process of naming your cows and bulls. Read through this list of names for ideas and be sure to let us know what you choose!

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The Best Names for Your Pet Goat

Perfect pet goat names, how do you find them? What makes a good name? There is nothing wrong with being creative when naming your pet goat. There are too many Buckys and Nannys out there!

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Living With Miniature Pigs on Our Small Farm

I was given two miniature pigs, strangers to each other until they met on my small farm. Now Mr Pig has given up his bachelor flat and moved into the honeymoon suite with the lovely Peppa.

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What Donkeys Can Teach Us About Being Human

Donkeys can provide human friends with important life lessons on the value of hard work, maintaining a sense of humor, and how to treat others. He-Haw! Let the off-color jokes begin.

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The Best Chickens for the Backyard

Basically, three types of chickens exist: the egg layers, the meat birds, and the dual-purpose birds. The dual-purpose birds are the best for raising in the backyard.

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Adopting and Caring for a Domesticated Pot-Belly Pig!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a pet pig? This is the story of our family's adoption of a pig we call Wilbur.

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Dutch Native Sheep Breed: Drenthe Heath Sheep (Drents Heideschaap)

The Drenthe Heath Sheep (Dutch: Drents Heideschaap) is the oldest sheep breed of the Netherlands. Both ewes and rams wear horns. I've raised these sheep for over 30 years now and they're beautiful.

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Raising Chickens and Pigs for Meat and Self-Sufficiency

Looking for a little more self-sufficiency? This article will tell you what you need to know about producing your own chicken and pork.

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How Build the Perfect Pen for Pet Pygmy Goats

Welcome to our goat pen! Meet Oliver and Delilah, our pet pygmy goats, and see how we built our new goat pen.

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How to Care for Sheep as Pets

Aside from being an important agricultural commodity, sheep are often kept as pets. This article discusses what you need to know if you have pet sheep, or are considering acquiring some in the future.

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Raising Goats: Breeding and Kidding

How to breed your goats, and what to do before, during, and after kidding.

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How to Raise and Care for Goats

Goats are pretty easy to keep. Find out how much space and food they need and how to provide basic care for these friendly and curious animals.

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Small Livestock: All About the Different Kinds of 'Miniature' (or Just Plain Small) Farm Animals

Don't have much space for a large farm with large farm animals? Well, I have gathered information on many species of livestock that are 'smaller' than your average breed, or they are just small in general.

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5 Common Myths About Raising Pigs

Are pigs dirty? Do they smell bad? Are they difficult to take care of? Learn more myths and facts about raising pigs.

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The Best Way to Take Care of a Rejected Lamb

Taking care of lambs that have been rejected by their moms is a time-consuming job. Here are some signs of maternal rejection to look out for and detailed directions to bottle-feeding lambs.

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Types of Hog Pens: Pigpens From Farrowing to Finishing

Learning how to build a pigpen that's right for you starts with learning the type of hog pen you need. Here are the basic types of pigpens, as well as considerations for humane livestock handling.

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How to Build a Pigpen: Essential Elements of Hog Pens

The basic considerations for building a pigpen start with knowing what it's going to be used for, the size of the breed you plan to raise, and the number and age of animals it's intended for. Here are tips for how to build a pigpen that is sturdy and well-suited for the specific animals that will be housed within.

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Nigerian Dwarf Goats: General Care

This article is a guide to Nigerian Dwarf goat care. Housing tips have also been included.

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Do Pygmy Goats Make Good Pets?

In this article, I give you the reasons why goats may or may not make good pets. Learn more about them by reading my own experience.