In this article you will learn which 3 best livestock are suited for the off gridder survivalist.
Chickens are ultimate livestock for the homestead. You can get fresh farm eggs from happy hens, then you are going to be amazed at the color and texture compared to typical eggs from the grocery store. Raising your own meat of chicken or raise layers and cull the roosters for meat will give you the perfect meal. Chickens are also known to get rid of pesticides. Chickens are also amazing at preparing land for a garden. They will quickly scratch out brush and grasses, leaving you with bare ground. Chickens are great for combosting . Hens will quickly scratch up brown and green materials so you don’t have to worry about shredding. They will add in their own manure and leave you with rich compost — with hardly any effort on your part.
Rabbits are a great addition to the homestead. Rabbit meat is delicious! It is very lean and healthy as well as easily digestible. Aside from taste and nutrition, rabbits are super easy to butcher and process. You won’t need to worry about feathers like you would a chicken. You can get pelts for craft use from all rabbits and fiber from certain breeds. If you enjoy crafts or hobbies like knitting, raising rabbits is a great way to contribute. You may even be able to make a little money from selling extra pelts or fiber. Rabits manure are good fertilizers which can be used as they are. Rabbits eat up grass and other green materials that you don’t want. They’ll also consume scraps from your vegetable garden.
3. Cows & Goats
Cows are the ultimate milk machines, but dairy goats are a much better choice for the average new homestead. Their smaller size makes them far more manageable and also decreases feed costs. You won’t need anywhere near as much land, either. A small family can’t drink as much milk as a Jersey cow can produce in a day, so going with a goat or two makes much more sense. Meat goats are often much easier for the new homesteader to raise than a beef cow. Also, if you keep dairy goats, you may as well breed her to a Boer or some type of meat cross so you can raise her kids for the freezer.
Fiber breeds offer a third way of getting something back from your goats. There are only a couple breeds of fiber goats and it can be tricky to find a breeder, but it’s worth it if this interests you.