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Cost analysis of changing cow diet to lower methane emissions

Methane emissions by livestock are responsible for 14.5% of the global emissions. The number can be actually higher considering that methane is 84 times more potent than CO2 in a 20-year span. ...
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Wind farms using advanced technology (radar, AI, tracking) to shut down wind farm turbines when risks are highest for migratory and endangered birds?

In the recent NPR Fresh Air podcast The Extraordinary Lives Of Migratory Birds Author Scott Weidensaul talks about the millions of birds flying unseen over our heads in the night sky, how the bar-...
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Dogs to protect housing against bears

Considering self-sustainable living in a bear country (like the wilderness of Canada) can the dogs be used to protect animals and fruit trees against bears? I'm reluctant to the invasive methods like ...
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How to hatch eggs at home without a bulb-based incubator?

I came across some videos on YouTube where they used a home-made incubator to hatch hen eggs. The system was nothing fancy: A cardboard box with a light inside Some aluminum foil near the bulb (...
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What are the uses of bones from the different animals bred industrially?

The food industry grows animals for meat, but some parts cannot be sold for human consumption. What is the final use of bones from the different animals grown industrially? pigs, beef, poultry etc.
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Is "buying local" sustainable, with reference to food made from animals?

No doubt vegetables, fruits and salads produced locally in most cases provide local jobs and usually best fresh quality. On the other hand a lot of animal food (soy, corn, and others) are shipped ...
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How to encourage turkeys onto my land without encouraging other wild life?

I am a homesteader. When I first moved to my property, I started a gaggle of turkeys and for about two years regularly fed them in the morning. It was nice because my kids got to see them and around ...
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Can sunn hemp make animals high?

I've heard that sunn hemp (Crotolaria Juncea) can build organic armor on the soil quickly. Building and maintaining an armor of plant residue on top of the soil can protect the surface while ...
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How does footprint per dollar vs footprint per kilo compare for different methods of raising livestock?

As various investigative reports and documentaries have made clear by now, the environmental impacts and animal welfare abuses of CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) are dreadful and should be ...
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I've read that black locust is poisonous to sheep, so will installing black locust poles poison sheep also?

I'm looking at putting black locust posts around my field, but I've read that black locust is poisonous to sheep, but they're excellent fencing poles as they last forever and need no treatment with ...
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What types of ducks are cold hardy, and do well in wetlands?

For a sustainable farm in Minnesota (USA), I'm looking for an egg-laying duck that won't need wing clipping, will survive a snowy winter, and will produce good eggs. What should I look into?
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Is mud, or berm/swales considered to be worth more in a wetland?

I understand that many animals like frogs need to reproduce in water, but live mostly on land after that. If I create berm/swales in the wetland will this likely increase the value of the land to ...
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What to look for in a pair of sustainable shoes?

Let's limit ourselves to "casual sport" shoes (e.g., everyday trainers, casual, etc.) . I have been doing some research online, essentially along two different lines: sustainability, using http://...
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Are bats and chickens good animals for pest control?

In an effort to keep bugs down in a food forest, would it be a good idea to use chickens for day time pest control, and bats as night time pest control?
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What type/breed of animals do I want for food forest maintenance?

I'm currently building a food forest that I plan to gate in to protect animals. What type/breed of animals should I look into for keeping the forest floor clean?
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What type of guinea pigs will keep a food forest well cleaned?

I'm building a food forest, and was wondering what type of guinea pigs would work best to keep a food forest floor clean while not harming my plants so I can have plenty of food as well as getting ...
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Are possum fur products typically from culled possums?

While in NZ and Australia, I've seen some souvenir shops offer products including possum fur, or a mixture of possum fur and merino wool. Is the possum fur typically from deliberately culled possums ...
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What's the best use for pig fat (lard)?

We have two Tamworth pigs coming back from the butcher tomorrow with a decent amount of fat (don't know how many pounds yet). What are the best and/or most economical uses of pig fat or lard? I'm not ...
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How to create healthy bat living conditions in Vermont?

I want to install bat houses at my property. What conditions do bats prefer to live and what conditions do they NOT to prefer to live in?. I live in Vermont on a 2 acre parcel, and have a section of ...
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How many people could be fed using the land currently used to grow feed for livestock?

Vegans argue that most of the grain grown worldwide is used for livestock fattening. How many people could be fed using those fields if they were no longer used for growing livestock feed? Here are ...
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With increasing emphasis on biosecurity, how do I properly dispose of livestock remains?

Overview If you own livestock, even on the small-scale such as for family subsistence or a hobby-farm, the death of livestock is inevitable. In cases where you are raising animals for meat or hide, ...
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What animal should I pen with my goat herd overnight to protect them from wolves and coyotes?

What animal should I pen with my goat herd overnight to protect them from wolves and coyotes? I'm considering dairy-goat farming, principally in either Northern Arizona or Wyoming (USA). This will be ...
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Are pine needles poisonous to goats?

I'm finding seemingly contradictory information with a normal search (forums). Many sources say that their own goats love pine needles and there's nothing wrong with letting them eat them. ...
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Sustainable way to get rid of rats?

Here where I live, there is a food store located beside my home. Due to that, there is a problem with rats and because of the rats, lots of other problems occur. They cut up many things and defile the ...
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Is it sustainable to bury dead animals next to plants?

I heard that dead animals can be used as fertilizers and can be helpful for making a tree grow taller and more healthy. Once I had buried a dead dog under a lemon tree, which at first did not result ...
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What to use as an alternative to store-bought hay?

Given the chance and with endless cashflow I would use store-bought hay everywhere. This keeps animals dry, they like to munch on it and it also reduces the smell for those animals (like ducks) that ...
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Maintaining or treating harvested water for animal consumption

I am currently storing rain water in a 60L blue barrel that is being used to feed chickens, ducks and rabbits. I have never run dry yet, although I have come close, but there is a steady supply. ...
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How to utilize a boreal forest for animal husbandry?

Forests are the great producers of oxygen, and sustainable living is hardly imaginable with meadows and farmlands only. But how to best utilize a forest for animal husbandry, in the way that ...
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