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Episode-1165- Marjory Wildcraft on Using 100% of Slaughtered Livestock

Marjory WIldcraft of Grow Your Own Groceries

One of my favorite people on planet earth, Marjory Wildcraft of Growing Your Groceries and Back Yard Food production joins us once again on TSP.  Today Marjory joins us to discuss how we can get best utilization of our livestock when the time for slaughter comes around.

As someone that eats a lot of meat I know where my meat comes from.  I try to grow at least some of my own and while I never enjoy taking a life it is the only way meat becomes that wonderful nourishment most of us consume.

The thing is though if you are going to kill an animal that you have raised it makes a lot of sense to honor it by fully utilizing all of the resources it contains.

While a few of Marjory’s ideas are beyond even what I or for that matter she does it is good to know every use for every part of a slaughtered animal, the abundance we take for granted today of course may not be quite so abundant tomorrow.

Join Marjory and I today as we discuss the following list of uses for animal parts after slaughter…

  • Meats
  • Fats
  • Organs
  • Feathers
  • Down
  • Hides and furs
  • Brains (yep)
  • Bones
  • Hooves and skins
  • Adrenal glands
  • Guts
  • Tendons and sinew
  • Eyes (not me but some do it)
  • Stomachs
  • And lucky rabbits feet, LOL

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Episode-1087- Taking “Mob Grazing” to the Small Piece of Land

The Toulouse Goose, a Great Homestead Grazing Animal.

The Toulouse Goose, a Great Homestead Grazing Animal.

We have discussed at brief quite a bit on “mob grazing” lately, specificlly the work of people like Alan Savory and Greg Judy and the amazing results they have had.

This has resulted in a large number of questions to me about  how we can replicate this in smaller permaculture systems.

The reality is it isn’t that difficult and simply by using smaller animals and understanding their behaviors we can gain similar results anywhere from a suburban yard to a small holding of a few acres.

My hope today is that the entire concept of mob grazing is understood for what it actually is.  Simply animals moving through a system they way they naturally would in nature.  Along with why our current livestock need management to behave “naturally”.  This is based both on land size limitations and the loss of the animals normal instincts due to centuries of domestication.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • What is “mob grazing”
  • Why is mob grazing natural
  • Why does mob grazing work
  • Paddock shift and tractoring (advantages and disadvantages of each)
  • Thoughts on different animals and their roles in paddock shift/tractoring
    • Chickens
    • Rabbits
    • Quail
    • Ducks
    • Guineas
    • Goats and Sheep
    • Pigs
    • Geese
  • Understanding animal needs and making husbandry easy
  • Developing systems that others can run for you (when traveling)
  • Thinking differently about your land, it is all a garden

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Episode-765- Useful Small Animals for the Homestead

Okay there is a lot of gloom and doom out there and to be honest some of the crap is really hitting the fan right now.  It will be necessary for me to delve into that world more and more in the coming months/years but I still want to keep some positive and fun stuff coming as well.

Hence today we are going to focus on homesteading and animals that can feed us, protect our property or provide us with other benefits.  The list we will cover today includes some “traditional small livestock”, some wild game and some other stuff people don’t usually think of.

So what happened to chickens?  They get a token mention but as everyone thinks of chickens first we are focusing elsewhere today.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • What makes an animal useful for our homestead
    • Produces food
    • Produces functional by products
    • Produces useful waste
    • Performs a useful function
    • Provides entertainment
    • Supports other systems
  • Some useful and easy to care for livestock
    • Dogs
    • Rabbits
    • Small Swine
    • Squirrels, Raccoons and other small wildlife
    • Bees (mason and conventional)
    • Ducks
    • Fish – tilapia, catfish, trout, crayfish, frogs, etc.
    • Worms and insects
    • Goats and sheep
    • Pigeons and Quail

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