paul wheaton wrote:
Sepp has about 100 acres. I suspect that if Sepp had just one acre, he would probably limit the animals he would try to raise there. You are not Sepp and are, of course, welcome to do your own thing. If you have lots of animals in a confined space, you are going to have to learn to diagnose and treat all sorts of stuff.
I think that is the key, is to raise domestic animals that are on the borderline to go feral easy. So that means that they haven't been domesticated to such a degree that they have to have tons of inputs into them.
I guess in permaculture system, one should raise animals that are less prone to disease.
to raise domestic animals that are on the borderline to go feral easy.
But I'm sure when my mother dies, I'll be experimenting some with goats with the quantity we have.
Anyone have experience with Sericea Lespedeza?
It's a legume with high tannin content that is touted for controlling parasites.
It is considered noxious in some US states, but ruminants apparently love it, and it is reportedly not a problem if you keep it grazed down or hay it.
I'm looking for some small quantities, and all I can find is a place that ships 50 pound bags for $250.
Leah Sattler wrote:
with spanish goats the number is dismal, with domestic improved goats it seems pretty promising.
rose macaskie wrote:
I have read somewhere else, of a sort of grass that is only liked by horses, so that if ¡f you have horses that eat it, it is kept in cheque but if you don't, it starts taking over the pastures.
You want less fires in California, get special live stock onto the scrub land but don't let them over graze it. rose macaskie.
Elfriede B wrote:
Last week I noticed that the tobacco plants I have in my garden have been eaten half way up by my little cows. I decided that they probably know what they are doing. None show any sign of ill effect. then a neighbor told me that her dad used to give animals a cigarette for worms. How about that. Not that I would do that, and back then I am sure cigarettes were not what they are now. Tobacco is the most sprayed crop around.
I am wondering about ragweed. It is so abundant and so good for nothing. I read that animals do not like it and that it can cause diarrhea in goats and cows if they eat it. Well, the other day I caught my momma goat eating off the seed heads of ragweed. I had never seen her do that before. She was quite determined.
as far as I know, farmers did not herd pigs up on the mountain meadows.
For some strange reason, I'm thinking chaw is probably safer than cigarettes.
He's been at this for decades, so the less resistant animals probably died ages ago. We do no favors to the future of animal breeds when giving them all high doses of wormer. I would just let the weak ones die, and the strongest most resistant animals live. But not how it works with my mom's goats, she even wants weakest to survive.