Hello! My partner (36/M) and I (37/F) are beginner small-time livestock keepers with goats, hogs and chickens. We’re interested in developing a sustainable holistic farm with minimal tilling, minimal outside inputs (manure and plant fertilizers instead of fish/kelp when possible, etc) using dry farming (zero irrigation). We’ve got four healthy young pigs (three Hereford/Mangalitsa and a Mangalitsa/Kune boarling), twelve Nigerian Dwarf goats and a flock of chickens.
Our goat herd would be happy to help clear blackberries and underbrush, & our hogs are happy to clear unwanted grasses and weeds. We’re both interested in learning as much as we can as well as being useful to you, and are available to help with projects around the property.
Fresh, healthy water for the livestock; some forest; brush for the goats to eat (got blackberries??); good sunlight in growing areas; secure barn with hay storage; chicken coop; access to a tractor for loading hay.
It's perfectly OK if the property is overgrown and needs some work! That's what the goats do best.
I've grown home-garden flowers and vegetables in the past, and have experimented successfully with "mound gardening" using clippings, manure, newspaper, and even mushroom substrate blocks from a local farm.
We'd like to get our herd on some official testing and begin a serious breeding program, intending to produce hardy little goats who have smaller-than-average space requirements and who can help feed a family with their high-butterfat and -protein milk. Ideally I can use this milk to help finish out our pigs and chickens, and also raise up some bottle calves into healthy beef for personal use and for sale next year or the one after.
We're also experimenting with raising farm-to-table hog shares, with our first litters most likely coming early next spring.
We'll be growing garlic in containers and working on adding more self-grown vegetables and crops next year, using tested strains that perform well in our microclimate this year.
We'd like to become a trusted and high-producing breeder of ADGA dairy goats, have a reliable rotation of pasture pigs that have the qualities we're looking for, and perhaps a brush-clearing goat side business that absorbs some of the wethers and culls from our breeding program.
We can thrive in minimal housing, but would like access to a workspace of some kind (dry shed or separate area in barn might work). We can live in our van if necessary, but only if there's another vehicle available to haul hay and livestock (farm truck, etc).
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