“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….
“The Independent Farmstead: Growing Soil, Biodiversity, and Nutrient-Dense Food with Grassfed Animals and Intensive Pasture Management” by Shawn and Beth Dougherty strives to capture what many small farmers are seeking – farming with minimal or no outside inputs, using the best of old and new tech.
This is a discussion topic that’s come up many times with friends and other smallholders. How can your farm truly be “sustainable”, if you rely on outside inputs for daily activities? If you couldn’t buy feed or fertilizer, could you still farm successfully? Today the answer for most farmers is, “Not a chance” – but somehow our ancestors did it. The Doughertys work to combine the best of old and new to create a beautiful, thriving homestead….