Taylor Cleveland

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We homesteaders use a lot of vinegar, a lot.

I hate buying all of those plastic jugs too, I try to me pretty plastic free at home.

I’m looking for any experience on making ACV in a 55 gallon drum. I’m contemplating making a fabric bag to fill with the fruit pieces that can be pulled out once the vinegar is done and also putting a quality, metal tap at the bottom so we can just use the vinegar straight from the barrel we make it in?

I have a guy that sells all kinds of barrels. Should I choose a plastic or food-grade metal one? Could I make ACV with pears instead of apples? Our neighbor has a huge pear tree in his cow pasture that we pick from each year.

I ferment kombucha, kraut, kimchi, yogurt, and hot sauce regularly so I am slightly experienced in fermenting foods- that being said, any experience of tips would be really appreciated!
7 months ago

James Landreth wrote:Hi Taylor,
I don't really have much experience with electric fencing. How would I go about figuring out what to get? Would calling that Premier 1 work? It's something to think about. I'd prefer to develop a system that I can be more self-sufficient on maintaining and fixing, but maybe electric netting is something I should consider



Premier 1 is externally helpful. I have called them numerous times with lots of stupid questions and they have worked through them with me. They sell the netting (which is in the picture) and also strand poly wire which would be a lot cheaper but a larger learning curve I think. I’m sure if you explain your plan with them they can direct you to the right product. I have noticed on instagram, all the grass fed lamb people that farm mid-large scale use the netting as well. It’s just a great product that works well and keeps your livestock safe from predators. You can buy it from other companies that may be cheaper. I haven’t bought from anyone els because we have a local dealer of premier 1 but I know people that use the other brands with great success.
11 months ago

Jen Rose wrote:I am no vet. I could be misinformed. But having faced a potential CL threat and having a vet guide me through it here’s what I retained.

I call CL “Cheesy Lump” disease.  CL and abscesses are synonymous.  The difference is CL abscesses will be filled with a cheese like gunk.  And CL abscesses happen in lymph node areas.
 I had this concern with an Angora doe I brought in as a rescue.  She had a baseball sized abcess on her belly.  I consulted my local goat vet heavily prior to home treatment. I lanced the abcess wearing disposable gloves, in a area my other goats would never be living or grazing, over a tarp I was prepared to throw away.  If I popped that thing and cheese came out, CL for certain!  No cheese, not a CL abcess.  So said my wonderful  vet.  And it wasn’t cheese. She was just neglected and hair and grime was infecting the skin.  The theory with the disposable everything and lancing in a remote place is that if it is CL, the curds won’t spread around on and infect the environment and risk infecting other livestock.

I’ve since tested my herd and everyone is indeed negative.  CL is supposed to spread via abcess drainage.  So an infected goat who is treated or culled appropriately may have posed no risk of spreading to the other goats.  It can be managed but culling I believe is best.

I put off testing for years.  But I will admit, now knowing everyone is clean sure puts my mind at rest, and makes me think differently about bringing in just any old untested goat!

As to your jaw lump.  Could be CL. Could just be cheat grass in the gum, or a jaw tumor, or any number of things,  determine if it’s in the bone or flesh,  I’ve popped goat abscesses in the cheeks from cheat grass burrowing in!  argh!



Thanks all! Jen, everything you said rings true to me. It seems like one of those things that is a rare occurrence but if their are sighs at it could possibly be CL you should just go ahead and treat it as such. We plan on lancing it tomorrow away from our flock and pretty much exactly how you did it. Thanks!!
11 months ago
Yes it is raw. That is so cool that you don’t have to use a starter! I’m going to try that right now. I have a half gallon in the fridge as we speak. All the info I found online said it would only last two weeks, which seems weird to me. Well I will give it a shot. Thanks!
11 months ago
I have started to buy local milk, it’s on the route of my feed store but it is 25 minutes away so I only go every other week. I am really wanting to start making yogurt. Can you think of any way I could get it to last 2 weeks(or almost 2 weeks)? I was thinking about even freezing it. Also, what is the most foolproof yogurt recipe? I think I like the crockpot method. Thanks!
11 months ago
My ewe has an enlarged jaw. It isn’t just a perfect little lump like the pictures of abscesses online, it honestly feels like her bone. Not soft.

I showed the picture to our vet and he said it’s either an abscess or CL. And it it’s CL then she will die and so will the rest of our flock! I have been reading vet articles online and it looks like as long as it doesn’t burst you should be fine.

So should we take her in and have it lanced? She is also nursing twins, are they infected?

Anyone have experience with it?
11 months ago
I would just suggest using larger paddocks. Are you using electronet? If so just double the size of netting (3-4 fences worth per paddock instead of 1 or 2) that way you are still rotating them but they have more room. We move our every 2-6 days depending on the grass growth and they have done really well and have had no issues with parasites so far. Using 4 strands or poly wire would be a lot cheaper option to the nets. I have visited a few farms that use this system for sheep. They did have a guard animal and no problem with animals getting out or in. That is the system we are moving to this spring.
11 months ago
I think I’ll just respond with what works for me. We had goats, now just keep sheep (just person preference). We move our around with electric fence on our property and feed no grain. Our goats were and sheep are very happy and well shaped. We have yet to treat for parasites. I believe it is because they are moved so quickly to new grass they aren’t getting a chance to eat next to where they pooped (which is the basic cause of parasites). We check on them twice a day, make sure they have mineral and water, and move them every 2-5 days. There is also shots, trimming hooves, shearing, etc that needs to be done on a schedule. I’m sure you could easily find a goat owner in your area to come out and teach you how to do all that.
When researching goats I read a lot about the fainting goat breed.. myotonic or something like that. Anyway, they are actually a meat goat. And they are short, which means less pressure on fences and probably easier to keep in. They mite be a good breed to consider.

If you could even divide your pastures into 6 separate ones, I bet that would help a lot with parasites. They say you need to let each pasture rest for one month before you let them back on it. I don’t like any sort of meds I have to do on a routine for livestock. Just a person preference. I would rather spend more time moving them to fresh grass and treating individual animals as needed.
11 months ago
Hey all! Were getting 5 weaned pigs in a couple months. Were going to move them around our brushy edge habitat and forest. I went to price pig feed yesterday. Turns out the layer feed we buy is pretty similar to pig feed when it comes to nutrition. The layer is $14.10 per 50lb bag and the pig grower $16.00 per 50 lb. I added the nutrition break down bellow. Basically, I can get a 5% discount if I buy a pallet at a time. So if I could feed the pigs layer feed I could save a nice chunk of money.
I can get oats for $6.00 per 50lb right down the road. I have been thinking about soaking/fermenting 100-200lbs in a plastic drum once a week and just scooping out of that to cut the layer feed 50/50 for both the pigs and chickens. They will both get supplemental feed from forging (we rotate our chickens too). I guess I could even soak it overnight too, just to make it easier to digest.

People say they raise pigs on bread and cheese, or scraps alone. I feel like I would be able to raise them on the layer feed just fine. But what do you all think.
1 year ago

Kris schulenburg wrote:I have supplemented lambs that were not getting enough 2x a day with lamb or multi species replacer and has worked out well. Just introduce slowly to build up the gut microbes.
Have never had access to fresh cows milk but would think it would help. It is not as nutritious as sheep milk.
You can freeze any extra.
The hunched over could mean he is constapated so make sure he is pooping.
Hope he gets back on track soon.



Thanks so much! He is pooping, he actually pooped on me as I gave him the bottle
He drank a little bit this first time, ill keep increasing.