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Questions tagged [husbandry]

The management and care of farm animals (livestock) by humans for profit, in which genetic qualities and behaviour, considered to be advantageous to humans, are further developed.

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Can you microchip animals in an organic herd?

I've heard how people microchip dogs, and cats, so can you microchip livestock, and keep them organic?
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What is a sustainable quantity for per-capita meat consumption?

It would be interesting on several levels if sustainable per-capita meat consumption could be quantified in a sensible way. In a perfect world, a person would only eat as much meat as is necessary for ...
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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 do I need to do to have chickens survive winters in a free range method?

I live in USDA zone 4, and was wondering how I can minimally keep my chickens alive through the long cold winters, when just picking eggs all over the 100 acre farm at their coops.
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How do I raise guinea pigs effectively for meat?

Since guinea pigs do well for maintaining a food forest floor how should I raise them so they put on weight quickly? Think of a herd of guinea pigs for a few meals a year, and selling for pets.
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What breed of chickens would make the best lawn mowers for a food forest preperation?

I'm looking for a type of chicken that I can use in a chicken yard to keep my grass mowed, will grow quickly, stay in their yard to clean all of the grass out. What breeds would you recommend that I ...
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All my Rabbits Stopped Producing

I started a small (mostly NZW) Rabbit operation last Winter. I was having good luck with 5 does and a buck, breeding every two months. And then when we got into summer, it just stopped. I was just ...
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Stressing chickens out when it's time to lay

I have 13 chickens. They have a chicken coop with a large run attached by wire mesh on all sides. I have 2 terriers that would just as soon eat them, so I can't let them out of the run to roam around ...
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Impact on environment: a million horses vs a million cars

Would commuting on a horse be more eco-friendly? What if there were millions of people did that? Would millions of horses be better than millions of cars?
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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 there reasons to avoid organic dairy farming even if the milk or cheese is still pasteurized?

I can understand why it's still important to pasteurize dairy products, especially if I'm simultaneously trying to reduce my reliance on refrigeration. Assumptions that pasteurizing is a given that ...
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Sustainably raising home-grown meat in a city?

Where I currently live there aren't many restrictions on types of animals one can raise for food in the city. I don't think I could practically have cattle, but smaller animals are not a problem. ...
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How much area to feed the colony of snails?

Snails are good source of proteins. How much area should I have to provide food for the colony of snails producing about 100kg of "meat" every year?
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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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How much space do I need for a colony of grasshoppers?

Grasshoppers are a valuable source of protein, and they eat many different types of plants. But how large an area do I need for a colony of grasshoppers providing about 100kg of "meat" a year? In a ...