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    I've been thinking about this. My family (of 17) are all in to being prepared and everyone is stockpiling. My thoughts are of what happens WTSHTF and we're all out on the 12 acres living off the land and have no dairy. No meat, personally I could live with out meat but would I want to? PRobably not. I guess this is something I need to talk to my brother's about. They are silent preparers and I have really no idea what they're up to. I talk to their wives but they don't really know the details. I just think we all need to be on the same page with this and I am a little curious. We own 12 acres and will need it all considering my brother is the pastor of a small church of about 100. It's in between 3 cornfields and a fairly big car factory so it's pretty well protected. But.......I'm wondering about dairy.........any ideas? Has anyone bought these animals lately and can give me an idea of the cost they've incurred?
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    Originally posted by unswydd View Post
    i've been thinking about this. My family (of 17) are all in to being prepared and everyone is stockpiling. My thoughts are of what happens wtshtf and we're all out on the 12 acres living off the land and have no dairy. No meat, personally i could live with out meat but would i want to? Probably not. I guess this is something i need to talk to my brother's about. They are silent preparers and i have really no idea what they're up to. I talk to their wives but they don't really know the details. I just think we all need to be on the same page with this and i am a little curious. We own 12 acres and will need it all considering my brother is the pastor of a small church of about 100. It's in between 3 cornfields and a fairly big car factory so it's pretty well protected. But.......i'm wondering about dairy.........any ideas? Has anyone bought these animals lately and can give me an idea of the cost they've incurred?
    bumping it up. Need some ideas
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    • #3
      Honey, it has been quite a while since I lived on a real farm. :D I have no idea what the costs are now.

      An idea, have you considered having a pond dug on your land and stock it with fish?

      As for chickens, they would probably be the least costly, I would imagine. You might want to consider a goat for milk?

      Just throwing some ideas around.

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      • #4
        COWS and the like

        Small animals are alot easier to keep, you don't need alot of feed for them.Rabbits and goats will be your best bet. Skeezit:)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Lostinoz View Post
          Honey, it has been quite a while since I lived on a real farm. :D I have no idea what the costs are now.

          An idea, have you considered having a pond dug on your land and stock it with fish?

          As for chickens, they would probably be the least costly, I would imagine. You might want to consider a goat for milk?

          Just throwing some ideas around.
          Good idea! I did think about a goat. I like goat. :-/
          Chickens goats and fish. What a variety! Thanks guys! oh, yeah, rabbits are good too!
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          • #6
            You need meat more than dairy. Stock up on powdered milk, cheese and sour cream if you think you need it. You are right on track with chickens, rabbits and goats. They are all you will need. Lots of protein between the eggs and meat, and if you so choose, the goat milk.
            "Lighthouses are more helpful than churches" Franklin

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            • #7
              Originally posted by voodoo View Post
              You need meat more than dairy. Stock up on powdered milk, cheese and sour cream if you think you need it. You are right on track with chickens, rabbits and goats. They are all you will need. Lots of protein between the eggs and meat, and if you so choose, the goat milk.
              Great! thanks everyone. This is what I was looking for. Advice and suggestions. Got it! Goat milk is okay in coffee but too strong for me. :-)
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              • #8
                Chickens are great opn a farm, as are goats. Especially since they are both living garbage disposals. Goats will eat any table waste while chicjens normally will eat the same crap as goats, for that matter chickens are great for eating their on poop anyway hehe. So yea chicken and goats and you dont have to worry about alot of feed to stock up on.

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                • #9
                  I can speak on the Goats abit. My father bought a few when we first purchased an overgrown farm. We started with 4, before we knew it we had 14. They are hardy survivors and will eat almost anything. However, you taste it in the Milk as well. That is something that you can work around. The meat is good too. Castrated billy's on the BBQ are tasty. Goats breed fast and regular. The milk is a bit different and I don't know if it creates enough cream "fat" flakes for butter. I have never heard of goat butter. I am starting to read up and try my first cheese (from cow milk) soon. I want to try goat cheese after my first success with cow milk. There is some good text on goats in the "downloads 2" that Bayou Blaster hooked us up with. As well as aolt of other "third world animal stuff"
                  Last edited by pathfinder3081; 04-16-2009, 09:47 AM.
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                  • #10
                    From experience, I'd say stick with the smaller animals. Less food, more sustainable meat,easier to transport/conceal, easier to protect. For milk, I guess goats can be good when you get used to it. It's not that bad.

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                    • #11
                      Pigs are good garbage eaters too, but they are acceptible to phnemonia(sp?). I love my bacon.
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                      • #12
                        These are some great suggestions. I appreciate all the feed back. I'm getting ready to do my research on all this so it will surely help.
                        Thanks!
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                        • #13
                          these are all great ideas. a cow or a few cattle would be a nice addition to your livestock, but if the shtf and food riots begin, it wont take long before some terd decides that you have some realy tasty looking beef. be careful with your stock, as it may draw unwanted attention to your family compound.
                          Chance favors the prepared...

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                          • #14
                            I have a cow(steer) we are raising organically for the meat. Have roosters and will add hens later this year. (laying hens that stop laying become stew)
                            We have a small pond that is stocked with catfish.
                            A person could do small scale fish farming with above ground containers(like those cheapo swimming pools) Tlhayslip will agree that fish are quiet!!!
                            Rabbits dont take up space and are quiet too.
                            I think storage of powdered milk is more practical than a milk cow or goat.
                            Last edited by OneBadPig; 04-17-2009, 08:52 PM. Reason: Wascally wabbits
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by OneBadPig View Post
                              I have a cow(steer) we are raising organically for the meat. Have roosters and will add hens later this year. (laying hens that stop laying become stew)
                              We have a small pond that is stocked with catfish.
                              A person could do small scale fish farming with above ground containers(like those cheapo swimming pools) Tlhayslip will agree that fish are quiet!!!
                              Rabbits dont take up space and are quiet too.
                              I think storage of powdered milk is more practical than a milk cow or goat.
                              Good thoughts. I will take this to the table. I was thinking that if I get too many of these creatures it will take a lot of grain to feed them and we are not farmers. We don't know the first thing about it. I'm an experienced gardener but no farmer that's for sure. I will probably stock the powdered milk as was suggested also in earlier posts. Thanks
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