Triple purpose do exist (Icelandic sheep for example) but the less specialized an animal is the less efficient it is in its task. Add onto that your limited land base and it becomes a challenge.
Are you able to do rabbit cages? A few cages of Angora Rabbits can provide fiber and free up your pasture for milk and meat.
The smallest size ruminant purpose bred is probably the small African goats. Two Nigerian Dwarf Does for milk and mothering, inseminated with Pygmy Goat sperm to produce more meaty kids is my suggestion.
Jim Fry wrote:As to your specific question about raising calves on skim. I've raised beef and dairy for 45 yrs. I wouldn't do it. I have no science at all on whether it is possible, or advisable, or not. But my experience is that I wouldn't do it.
Yeah skim milk is fantastic for weaned pigs but a far cry from the fatty nectar nature engineered to raise calves on.
So I'm trying to merge this account with an old one (one which may or may not have ever posted here) and on multiple browsers I am receiving the general permies error message when I follow the 'approve this merge' link in my email.
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most of the time people get this message it is because your browser has gone wonky and is trying to do silly things.......
Gary Grata wrote:I'm wondering about something.... I originally pledged at the $25 level but when the stretch goal at $40 included the solar dehydrator plans I opted to bump it up to that level. But my pledge shows $40 contributed but rewards at the $25 level. Just want to insure I will get the solar dehydrator plans. Thanks!
You most likely used the wrong method of upgrading. You increased your dollar value rather than selecting a different reward.
Not that Kickstarter shouldn't make the accurate path more obvious.
(I started pledged at the ATC level and adjusted to ATC+PDC during the dehydrator plans push so I know what I'm talking about.)
That being said Paul appears to be making it right.
In the short term perhaps you can cook in it with lidded cast iron to keep contaminants (most of them at least) out of the food?
I wonder if a clay box (possibly darkened with a bit of charcoal) would work well for the oven itself (considering it's mostly a dry season tool in our region) and the reflectors could be mounted outside only? Might increase cook times but it's only a planning cost rather than an energy cost.
Rob Lineberger wrote:I'd like to turn this question on its head if I may. In the near future I'm going to build an earthbag dome house. The plans are 100% malleable. I have no one to complain if I were to stick a giant rocket pizza oven or whatever anywhere I wish. In other words, I have no constraints*** (except city code) and a can do attitude. So give me reasons why I should *not* use a rocket oven as my only oven. It sounds like fun.
Convenience. Handling the wood is a hassle I would be happy to endure 95 times out of one hundred, but if injured or especially pressed for time by unusual circumstances it would be nice to have one of those efficient countertop electrical ovens as a backup.
Also, if you're only using rocket ovens I *highly* recommend one outdoors for summer and a separate one indoors for winter. That's my plan
Daron Williams wrote:Even here on the westside of Washington I think I could get some use out of the solar dehydrator. Though not in September or October. So a bit limited in its use but still useful for preserving some of the big harvests during July and August.
Aye, there is a ton of bounty in those two months. Cherries, early plums, early apples (though I am beginning to lean more towards growing late storage apples and getting my fruit fix earlier in the season with other fruit), annuals,
June is actually the month with the most intense sunlight, albeit less heat and more cloudy days (but usually plentiful sunny days as well. Perfect timing for grass finished jerky off the tail end of the spring grass flush.