Livestock

RABBITS

We purchased our rabbits a few months before we moved to the farm.  At that time we didn’t know we were buying a farm so soon and we wanted to begin raising meat on our small, 1/3 acre lot.  Our city would not allow us to have chickens or even honeybees, so rabbits were our only option.  We brought 2 New Zealand cross does home from a local farm.WP_20160506_13_30_00_Pro

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After we moved to the farm we got a red New Zealand buck.

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During the summer our rabbits get fresh greens and veggie scraps.  Over the winter months our rabbits get fresh water and alfalfa hay each day.

 

SHEEP

We rotationally graze hair sheep on our property, moving them each day to a new paddock.  Our  flock is 50% St. Croix, with the balance being Katahdin and Dorper.  St. Croix are a prolific, parasite-resistant breed.  These sheep are pretty smart and calm, too.   WP_20160504_14_08_23_Pro

Our sheep’s winter diet includes clover and alfalfa hay, fresh water and minerals daily.  They get pumpkin in the fall as a natural parasite remedy.

 

CATTTLE

Soon after moving to our farm we picked up a Dexter heifer.  She has a little Jersey and Belted Galloway in her as well.  Her dam produced about 3 gallons a day and her sire is from milky lines so we are hopeful she’ll be a good milk cow for the family.

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Bucky is our current steer and a black purebred Dexter.  We graze our cattle with our sheep flock, moving them daily to fresh pasture.

POULTRY

We have Blue Swedish, Ancona and Cayuga ducks free-ranging on our farm.

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We have a variety of heritage breed chickens, including Dominique, Speckled Sussex, Black Jersey Giant, Buckeye and Welsummer.  We also have Bourbon Red turkeys, which wander freely around the farm along with the chickens.

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We raise Cornish Cross and Red Broilers in movable pens.  We move our pens twice daily, ensuring the chickens have clean green space and forage available.  The birds have access to feed, water and shade at all times.

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