Frank White wrote:Hi all. We are looking to acquire some animals in the spring and are thinking of goats and/or sheet, some fowl of some sort chickens/guineas/ducks, possibly some rabbits, and maybe even a pig or two. We have plenty of fencing in place (after i patch a few spans that have had trees fall on them), and we have plenty of barn space. Water is also not going to be a problem since this was a working farm in the 2000s; it's just been sitting for a while. I have some electric mesh netting that I intend to use for rotational grazing where I can.
#1 - Can anyone recommend breeds that would thrive in our area of western NC?
- Sheep or goats would be expected to tame some of the brush that's been growing wild the last 10 years or so. We have a lot of wild blackberries and multi-flora roses. We also have fallow pasture that to me looks like there's actually pretty good base of pasture grass. Bonus points if we can harvest the animal for meat down the road.
- Fowl would be expected to provide eggs and also eat bugs, especially ticks.
- Rabbits would provide compost and meat for me, and entertainment for the children (not in that order :)).
- Pigs would provide entertainment for us and also help us create disturbances in the pasture, the Joel Salatin way.
#2 - Does anyone actually have any animals that are for sale? I'm interested in healthy animals that are raised mostly on pasture.
Thanks in advance!
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