livestock-conservancy

5 Homestead Animals for Self-Sufficiency
June 17, 2019 . · Homesteading

If your aim is self-sufficiency and you’re not a vegan, you will need a supply of milk, eggs and meat for self-sufficiency. From cow farming to chicken keeping, the peace …

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10 Pig Breeds for the Homestead
May 27, 2019 . · Pigs

Has the time come to add pig breeds to your list of homestead goals? With the proper homestead fencing and pig shelter, the quick grow out time for most pig …

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7 Pasture Pig Breeds for the Small Farm
May 1, 2019 . · Pigs

Raising pasture pig breeds is talked about frequently in farming discussions. Not too far back in agrarian history, pasture pig breeds were more common. Keeping a few pigs intended for …

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Working Morgans on Working Farms

Small-scale farming, sustainable living and homesteading often come with different needs than conventional or large scale farming operations. Economy, ease and hardiness often help make these endeavors more successful. With …

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Breed Diversity and Results of Inbreeding
March 14, 2019 . · Homesteading

Urgent warnings from the United Nations to protect genetic diversity apply to livestock too. The results of inbreeding and a focus on high-yielding, high-maintenance breeds raises sustainability issues in the …

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North to Alaska!

By Yates Colby & Bill Marion St. Croix sheep tend to conjure images of warm Caribbean islands and sandy beaches. Recently, a group of St. Croix sheep made the long …

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5 Critical Sheep Breeds for the Homestead
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

Raised for their hides, meat, milk, and wool, sheep are versatile. In addition to providing a local source of food and fiber, small flock owners are looking to support livestock conservation …

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Conserving Romeldale CVM Sheep
March 13, 2019 . · Sheep

By the National Romeldale CVM Conservancy – In 1915, A.T. Spencer purchased New Zealand Romney rams from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (the 1915 World’s Fair) in San Francisco. The prized rams …

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Saving the Meishan Pig and Ossabaw Island Hog
February 15, 2019 . · Pigs

The Meishan and Ossabaw pig breeds are two very dissimilar breeds. They are both at a critical juncture in their history. While one breed is from the United States, the …

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Breed Profile – The Red Wattle Pig
February 15, 2019 . · Pigs

The docile Red Wattle Pig has a mysterious history among heritage pig breeds. Sadly, it’s on the Threatened list of The Livestock Conservancy. When you look at the Red Wattle pig, …

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The Endangered Large Black Pig
February 15, 2019 . · Pigs

Native to Cornwall, Somerset, and Devon in England, the Large Black pig is often referred to as the “dog” among pig breeds. This is because of its docile, friendly nature. …

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5 Hog Breeds for the Backyard Homesteader
February 15, 2019 . · Pigs

Raising pigs for meat is a great step toward self-sustaining living, and there are several hog breeds that appear on guides to pig farming for beginners. When we first acquired …

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