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DIY Hydroponic Microgreen Fodder Video

DIY Hydroponic Microgreen Fodder Video

We’re experimenting with sprouted barley fodder as a feed supliment for our grassfed cattle and pastured dairy production on the homestead this winter.  We’re calling this fodder system 0.7, and there’s already improvements in the works for the upgrade!  Any how enjoy the tour of our current fodder  setup, and let me know in the comments section or email me ( dave@traditionalcatholichomestead.com ) if you would like a more in depth post on the specifics of how to build this…

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Milking Parlor Tour….

Milking Parlor Tour….

January 2017 milking parlor tour!  Our pastured dairy journey continues…. and a rundown of our milking procedure…. This is just a temporary structure to get us through until we design a permanent facility. Enjoy, share with your friends and have a joyous New Year!

Portable Milking Stanchion (pt. 2 the Rest of the Story)

Portable Milking Stanchion (pt. 2 the Rest of the Story)

Last time I exlained why we went with the portable design, provided the materials list, and showed how to make the head gate for our portable milking stanchion (goto Part 1 here).  This time around we’re going to be talking about building the elevated milking platform, installing the head gate, and putting the whole thing together.  I’ll be sharing some tips, tricks, and tweaks that we came up with to optimize our design as well! Now onto the milking platform…….

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Building a Portable Milking Stanchion (pt. 1 The Headgate)

Building a Portable Milking Stanchion (pt. 1 The Headgate)

Being able to secure your cow while milking is one of those unique homestead pleasures that you don’t really appreciate until you have to try to do without.  I’ve tried milking out in the field, and while that 3 oz of fresh milk was delicious it was a far cry from being anything that I wanted to attempt on a larger scale!  That’s why when we made the leap to in house homestead dairy production one of the first things…

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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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Homestead Healing…Wound Salve

Homestead Healing…Wound Salve

Our trusty family milk cow, Dori, came to us with a wound near her udder that just doesn’t want to fully heal.  She’s healthy, happy, and producing well, but it’s been a couple months, a vet visit, and a few hundred gallons of milk and the pesky sore just doesn’t want to finish healing up.  We don’t generally resort to antibiotics for this sort of thing, and we need the milk so we’re trying multiple routes to get her healed…

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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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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!

(Video)Halter Training the Heifer…Day 1

(Video)Halter Training the Heifer…Day 1

Well its the middle of winter, and since I can’t get a whole heck of a lot done on the land, I decided it might be a good time to start the process of halter breaking our Milking Devon heifer Beatrice.  The wife and I went out and slapped the halter on her, and we’ll you’ll see…  

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