Homestead Living and Livestock

Practical skills for modern homesteading, sustainable agriculture, and self-sufficient urban or country living.

Goats: Spring Cleaning!

By Janice Spaulding

Spring clean up on the farm doesn't only include cleaning fallen branches, but cleaning up the goats too! Getting ready for kidding and making sure the goats are all set is our most important spring task.

Our ‘Lamb Tractor’ is a Frugal Solution for Moving Small Livestock: Video

By Adam D. Bearup, Hybrid Homes

Cattle panels 16 feet long and 50 inches tall make for an easy way to move lambs around our Wisconsin farm.

Bird Brains: Personal Experience, Behaviour Research, and the Welfare of Laying Hens

By Jacob Maxwell

In an exclusive interview, Dr. Misha Ross comments on the science of animal welfare in egg-laying chickens.

Starting a Tree Plantation

By Rockwell R. Stephens

Learn the basics of starting a tree plantation including where to plant trees, how to plant tree seedlings and more.


15 Things I Learned From High-Altitude Remote Homesteading

By Bruce McElmurray

These lessons learned from remote Colorado homesteader at high elevation will help you determine whether remote living is right for you.

Prevent Flystrike in Sheep: How Farmers Can Strike First

By John Klar

“Flystrike” refers to an outbreak of blowflies, and can cause harm and death in livestock. Here are my on-farm tips for how to prevent and treat flystrike in sheep.

After 6 Years of Homesteading, We are Finally Free and This Video Talks About How

By Kerry W. Mann, Jr., HomesteadHow

Our six-year journey to having more freedom on our homestead and how we did it.

Choosing the Best Farm Livestock Animals to Raise

By Randy Kidd

The first thing a would-be small-scale meat producer has to decide on the best farm livestock animals to raise, includes information on rabbits, chickens, sheep, goats, pigs, buying animals and a comparison chart. Originally published as "Comparing the Five Best Backyard Animals" November/December 1982 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

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