“The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising and Selling Ethical Meat” by Rebecca Thistlewaite and Jim Dunlop comprehensively covers raising and ethically selling meat. They focus on effective, profitable techniques, backed by a wealth of experience. Their common sense practices and tips are beneficial to even experienced livestock raisers. Featured species include cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep, goats, and the niche species of bison, rabbits, elk, and deer….
Farmers around the world are in crisis, with alarmingly high suicide rates. MinnStar Bank notes, “In recent years, more than half of the U.S. farm households have lost money on their farming operations each year, with an estimated average loss of ($1,325) for 2017. The loss in available household income from the farm operation is compensated for by off-farm household income earned by farm families…” American farmers are killing themselves in record numbers, with suicide rates at twice that of veterans. The problem is global.
The Salatin Semester is the most comprehensive small farming resource I’ve had the pleasure to review. The type of information compiled in this video series is critical for the survival of the family farm.
I’ve lived in rural areas most of my life, and it’s been heartbreaking for me to watch the demise of the family farm as I knew it as a child. When I was a little girl, large families with under 100 dairy cows that put their cows on pasture were still fairly common. Now, those small family farms have been largely gobbled up by megafarms milking over 1000 cows. Instead of a diverse polyculture like the one that sustained my grandparents through the Great Depression, farms focus on the production of one species/product (meat or milk or eggs) to the exclusion of everything else. Where there were once yards with an assortment of fruit trees and brambles, bee hives, a family garden and some other crops for animal feed and possibly for sale, and a variety of animals for meat, eggs and milk….