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What Goat Breed is Right for Your Homestead?

Homesteading

What Goat Breed is Right for Your Homestead?

Congratulations, you’re sold on goats! But what breed is right for you? There are many options to choose from, so you should select carefully based on your space and needs. The first domesticated goats are descendants of the wild Bezoar ibex (Capra aegagrus). From the Zagros Mountains of present-day...
5 Things to Do With Goat Milk

Homesteading

5 Things to Do With Goat Milk

There are over a billion goats in the world. It’s not surprising that about 65% of the world’s population drinks goat’s milk. The United States is starting to recognize the value of raising goats for dairy production more and more. Goat's milk has many nutritional advantages not found in other...
Understanding and Avoiding Frostbite

Hunting

Understanding and Avoiding Frostbite

There’s a blood trail in the snow. You’re following the tracks. Your feet are cold but you want to find the animal before dark. You keep hiking. Your toes go numb but you keep going. But how far is too far? The wilderness often requires us to push ourselves, but it’s important to know our physical...
Why You Need Goats on Your Homestead

Homesteading

Why You Need Goats on Your Homestead

Goats were one of the first animals domesticated by humans, if not the very first. For 10,000 years they've been by our side, feeding us, clothing us, and fertilizing the soil. It’s no wonder people around the world still rely on goats for their primary sustenance. My journey with goats started when...
How to Snare a Snowshoe Hare

Trapping

How to Snare a Snowshoe Hare

If you are what you eat, then I am mostly snowshoe hare. Or at least I was while living in the frozen wilderness of the Northwest Territories on Season 7 of the History Channel's show "Alone." Snowshoe hares are good eating,, and they taste even better cooked over an open fire with the smell of wood...
Porcupine Meat: Novelty Meal, Ultimate Survival Food

Small Game

Porcupine Meat: Novelty Meal, Ultimate Survival Food

During the survival adventure of a lifetime, I got to experience firsthand what it’s really like to live in the woods without outside help for as long as possible. Of the many things I learned in the Canadian sub-Arctic as a contestant on the History Channel show “Alone,” I found out that rabbit...