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Pasture Based Dairy….

Pasture Based Dairy….

So we’re trying to figure out if pastured dairy is not only doable, but economically viable on our homestead.  Like so many of the other experiments on our place our primary goal is to provide for our family the absolute best tasting, most nutritionally dense, and uterly healthy food posible.  Secondary to that goal is minimizing inputs (financial, labor, etc.) while maximizing outputs….basic frugality and convenience.  Enter our pasture based livestock production! Grass grows pretty good here, heck you can’t…

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American Milking Devon Cattle…Profile of A Traditional Homestead Cow

American Milking Devon Cattle…Profile of A Traditional Homestead Cow

  I’m not sure if you’ve picked up on this yet or not, but I am a big believer that everything on the homestead should be performing more than one function.  From plants, to people, to livestock if you’re only providing for one function on the farm, well then you’re just slacking.   Everyone must pull their weight!  This brings to mind the traditional role of cattle on the farm.   A family cow is just one of those iconic images that spring immediately…

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Livestock Guardian Dogs For the Homestead

Livestock Guardian Dogs For the Homestead

Here in the remote reaches of North-Central Idaho raising livestock, like chickens, pigs, sheep or even cattle can be quite the ordeal!  It is part of our moral responsibility to give our animals the best possible life until it comes time to harvest.  Each species requires different elements for them to express their unique God given pigness or cowness or chickness… or whatever, but one thing they all have in common is not being eaten or harassed by predators before…

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Catholic Prayer for Planting Crops

Catholic Prayer for Planting Crops

With Spring in full swing and the Easter season upon us the minds of many country folk are inevitably drawn to the seasonal rebirth of the land as it awakens from its winter dormancy.  I know some of you will already have your gardens and crops in full production mode, but we’re not so lucky up north here!  We’re still a month or so out from planting time (for the most cold tolerant and hardy crops), but the mind does…

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Sprouted Grain Chicken Ration (Video)

Sprouted Grain Chicken Ration (Video)

We’ve stopped feeding the ground, pelitized rations and switched to a predominantly sprouted feed protocol for all of our chickens (meat and layers) this winter.  I was tired of the prices for the industrial rations along with mysteries of what those mixes contain.  I shot a couple quick videos showing our fodder sprouting system along with a description of our total feed regimine.  Enjoy…

Perennial Homestead Gardens

Perennial Homestead Gardens

Perennial Crops for the Homestead & Beyond Here at the Traditional Catholic Homestead we have a bit of an affinity for perennials.  Wherther it be tasty vegies or the ever popular berries we go in big for perennial crops!  A big draw for me, as the main garden guy, is the reduction of care and maintenance that most perrenial crops require.  Over time your perennial garden beds will build their own little micro-ecosystems and will tollerate considerable neglect, which around…

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Dynamic Accumulators: Add These Versatile Plants to your Spring Seed Wish List

Dynamic Accumulators: Add These Versatile Plants to your Spring Seed Wish List

Spring Garden Seed Wish List…Dynamic Accumulators! I’ve made mention in previous posts about utilizing dynamic accumulators as a method to heal your soil and combat unwanted plants (AKA weeds) in your homestead garden and pastures.  You can check out my musings on Soil Health and Combating Canadian Thistle without chemicals by following the links.  Today I thought I would retouch on the theory behind dynamic accumulators, and provide you with a nice list of plants along with the nutrients/minerals they…

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Day 2, Halter Training the Heifer (Video)

Day 2, Halter Training the Heifer (Video)

I had to work today ( unfortunately off the homestead! )  so the girls got out and played cowboy!  They got the halter the rest of the way on Beatrice our American Milking Devon heifer and future milk cow.  They got it done way faster than I could have, and really did a heck of a job!…. Before: After: Looks like I might have a cowgirl on my hands….or at least a milkmaid!

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