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Jo E. Ayers
Jo E. Ayers 16 օր առաջ
I started growing sorghum, the seed is a good supplement for chickens and add to goat feed, the leaves and spent stalks(after making syrup) is good roughage for goats and cattle. I also raise sunflowers for my chickens, I throw a flowerhead in everyday. I only have a few(3) goats and 17 chickens and this is not enough, but it's a process. I also do a lot of hunting and processed 6 deer this year, I'm pretty new to this area (S/E Middle TN) but I'm told there are wild hogs and there are plenty of squirrels.
Jo E. Ayers
Jo E. Ayers 16 օր առաջ
You might try setting the bale down and rolling the ring over it. Work well if your bales aren't too big.
Tom Deschesne
Tom Deschesne 23 օր առաջ
Dont forget oats. You would have oats to eat, grind for flour, grain for you livestock,... you have crop rotation, supply of straw for mulching, bedding, and composting. Keep on trucking guys!! Great job!
Tom Deschesne
Tom Deschesne 23 օր առաջ
1st time i seen this style if hay rack. My 1st thought was the bale was on it's side instead of on the flat ends. Witch is a big no no! But i noticed that you put that panel and tarp over it. You guys done very well on this! You are learning and thinking! You can know all things that might come your way but the attitude of keeping an open mind and willing to try, is what is needed to be successful! You guys are doing a great job!! Keep up the awesome videos!! Lol
connie c
connie c 24 օր առաջ
absolutely loved your rabbit raising series. I have 72 acres of mostly wooded land. have 5 Brown leghorns that lay consistently. I will start raising rabbits for a better source of protein based on your good advice! and I will further take your advice in raising dairy cow!
smith 28 օր առաջ
that old hay feeder would be great to protect a new tree just planted from cows rubbing on it, etc.
Jeremy R
Jeremy R Ամիս առաջ
I just have one comment about the net wrap tht is around the hat bales use an empty feed sack to put it in and leave the feed sack on the tractor till it's full then u can burn it or put it in with ur other trash come trash day
josorr Ամիս առաջ
I like the way they both talk with their hands!
Caliekat15 Ամիս առաջ
What kind of tractor is that? Is it the size you need for the work you do? My old one went and I've been out of the tractor game so long I'm starting from scratch again.
anita boddington
anita boddington Ամիս առաջ
I’m sorry I don’t understand people why is hunting frowned upon how do people think that Pioneers got their meat and their material for their winter coats and their shoes just where do they think those things came from before grocery stores
Jeanne T
Jeanne T Ամիս առաջ
So infornative!
Teresa Peabody
Teresa Peabody Ամիս առաջ
"Ratty", would be my expression toward the appearance of the hay bale. It looks a little ratty.
Maxx Reverie
Maxx Reverie Ամիս առաջ
My grandparents grew pumpkins to feed the cows over the winter; they kept them in the barn and just cut them up when needed. That and they used hay of course as well as oats and random food like carrots.
Jennings Rountree
Jennings Rountree Ամիս առաջ
What about kudzu planted in barrels surrounded by fencing
Jennings Rountree
Jennings Rountree Ամիս առաջ
The barrels and fencing wound keep it from getting out of hand. I am sure it would provide all the cattle, goat, and lamb feed. I am not sure about pork.
Ricky Roten
Ricky Roten Ամիս առաջ
Have you let your wife practice with the tractor yet
Cindy Clements
Cindy Clements Ամիս առաջ
I am NOT a so called hater, But, for the first time i have a problem with Mrs. Homestead !!! On this video, ( what if the feed stores closed? .. At about # 7:19 to 7:40..He is trying to stress the safty for the animals with the wrap, SHE just cuts him off at the knees and says (what ever to him) and says the machinery was more inportant then the cows life if they ate the wrap... Im sorry buy i was like wow, realy?
Belovedishername Ամիս առաջ
So the cows eat grass in the summer and Hay in the winter ?
Steve Shrader
Steve Shrader 2 ամիս առաջ
...nice spread....how many acres there...
steph wofford
steph wofford 2 ամիս առաջ
We actually unroll our bales of hay (usually only 1/2 a bale to feed 20 cows (with calves) and a bull each day). We do this so that it spreads out the matter and they clean it up pretty good. What's left can rot down and as they eat we all know they poop. This keeps the poop going along in more of a row instead of all around one circle so spreads out the a green dividend. We move that row each day to cover a lot of ground over winter. The farm we lease for our cows isn't great ground, so we try not to over graze it. There's about 80 open acres. The bull isn't always there. Only for a short time when the cows are open. So, there's about 4 acres per cow. But, we also fertilize each year and every few years we lime. Still not enough grass to feel comfortable increasing the herd. We don't cut hay from that farm. We have other dedicated hay fields from other farms. But, we usually don't have to start feeding hay until late December/January here in east central Missouri. I am interested in the high intensity grazing system. Greg Judy and Joel Salatan are both people who talk about this method and that it works well to keep you in grass much longer throughout the year. My dad, however, is my herd manager and he is about 65 and has been farming (with his dad) since he was a 3-yr. old and grandad thought he was old enough to go out and help. He is NOT sold on the idea. Hates the idea of cattle with electric fencing. I respect the man that provided for our family and really does know cattle. Plus, since my cattle are on lease pasture, the people who own the farm don't want to do a watering system that pulls from their well. The only way to make that work at that particular farm would be with an automatic watering system. So, it's out for me. But, if you haven't already, you should check into it. I think the investment would be worth it and would really pay off in the long run. It looks like a great system. Joel's system is quite fascinating. Lived on a farm my whole life and never thought to consider many of his ideas. They just make sense. I keep going back and watching his videos and dreaming of how I could make that work and improve the land they are currently on.
Lady Hawk
Lady Hawk 2 ամիս առաջ
Good topic! Where you live is so beautiful! We put up five hundred big round hay bales for our own use this year, two thousand idiot bales, plus one thousand small straw. Also, three hundred big round straw and a little over two thousand extra big rounds. I cannot stand net wrap it is a pain to take off! But is also a pain and a strain on the manure spreader if it gets wrapped with twine. We feed five bales a week. I rarely if ever go to the feed store, we barter with our neighbors who raise corn, oats, even sunflowers, or the Hutterites who make their own feed. I wish we still raised corn but we are now wheat, soybeans, and edible beans. One more thing always have extra hay in case you have a bad year if you can store it. A good rancher keeps a few years on hand.
Robert Giguere
Robert Giguere 2 ամիս առաջ
Is your new property connected to your old homestead
jeanette iacovone
jeanette iacovone 2 ամիս առաջ
I guess this was made before Henry got sick... look how happy he was. I hope he gets better soon
Jeanie Whelch
Jeanie Whelch 2 ամիս առաջ
On my mini farm, I have chickens, goats and rabbits. If there were to be a crisis, I will have (as of this next growing season) a supply of Mangle beet roots which I plan to grow myself. Although these are rare now days, they were used through out the centuries as a stock feed for all kinds of animals. My chickens, rabbits and goats would all be able to eat them, as would pigs and cows also. Another crop that I plan to increase this year is sweet potatoes; they can also be used in the same way as the mangels. IN addition, with sweet potatoes the leaves and vines can also be eaten by not only the livestock, but also humans. Both of these crops would store well, The beets in a root cellar and the sweet potatoes in a cool dry place, such as a garage. Additionally I have a very large source of trees, including the leaves and also several types of grasses. In additon, this spring, I plan to seed at least one acre (I only have a total of six acres) in hulless barley>>>>thus being able to have a cover crop, a grain that can be harvested, and a forage source for my animals. Also, my goats could supply milk for my animals, as well as butter and cheese for me!!
Bucktooth Bucky
Bucktooth Bucky 2 ամիս առաջ
Do you sell any products that you grow or make on your Homestead? Like do you pickles sweet pickles ,one of my favorite items😊 do you pickle at all? Do you do pickled bologna ring bologna or anything like that? Do you sell any of your products, Such as lard ,pickles and do you sell canned items from your farm to the public? Could I buy any of your items and have them shipped to Michigan? I would love to go live in the country but I am widowed at almost 60 years old here soon and Our son lives with me, he’s 26 and he helps me out to do the things I can no longer do. He’s not the “ farmer” type!😖😁 He’s actually a musician! I am ready to leave the city and move in the burbs or a short distance out of the city.. I raise dogs/puppies so be in a neutral location and near an expressway is really good for my dog business!
Jody Chapple
Jody Chapple 2 ամիս առաջ
I would grow more things like pumpkins and other vegetables, grasses...anything that can feed the animals...basically like permaculture.
Colin Harris
Colin Harris 3 ամիս առաջ
in line with the what if thinking i noticed that you hunt and use your rifle to dispatch your animals so what if the gun store run out of ammo in the UK your only allowed a certain amount. so to carry more you buy components and reload as there is no limit on what components you own
Angela Oliver
Angela Oliver 3 ամիս առաջ
We haven't feed hay in a few years. Cubes and tubs and cotten seed meal with salt. We also left the eat the left over grass. No cubes started yet this year end of November. Cows have lots of grass left.
Angela Oliver
Angela Oliver 3 ամիս առաջ
I have been starting peanuts to increase soil sustainability. Sorghum has held your interest and we have started and saved seed this year. Increase size of our crop 2021 is a goal for us.
Tricia Brown
Tricia Brown 3 ամիս առաջ
I’ve never been a fan of the taste of venison, however, my son brought me some elk he got this year and when made into a stew I couldn’t tell the difference between it and beef. I also canned some and it has no gamey flavor and is fall apart tender.
cxoot 3 ամիս առաջ
Have a barbecue & invite all your friends & neighbors, plus make a lot of beef jerky.
Debbie Leavitt
Debbie Leavitt 3 ամիս առաջ
We are seriously thinking about purchasing a Food Freeze Dryer. Have a few questions? Did you get the oil free pump? What does the maintenance look like? Thank you for sharing.
JoeyB EZ
JoeyB EZ 3 ամիս առաջ
sprouted for protein sun flower is the best sprouted plant wheat barley is for pets and chickens plus wild weeds and goats for milk less food to maintain than cows and a worm bucket for chickens and beans and garden a must im not xperienced farmer im in calif so its harder to homestead
Kyla Matton Osborne
Kyla Matton Osborne 3 ամիս առաջ
I think we may see more homesteaders growing grains in the next few years. Can't wait to see where that will lead you!
Casandra Brown
Casandra Brown 3 ամիս առաջ
I have thought of this. I'm also a prepper.. I have a stock of clover seed and random grain seed. Ready to plant. I live in the city but still have animals. I am slowly turning my front yard grass into hay without the neighbors really knowing. Thank goodness I do not live in a hoa area.
Patricia Hall
Patricia Hall 3 ամիս առաջ
My thought is that if the feed store is down, so are many many other things. Personally,I don't like the idea of having more animals than the land could support without outside sources. I am getting old enough that I would only have chickens at this point. If I had a homestead partner, I would consider a milk goat.
Russell Shoemaker
Russell Shoemaker 3 ամիս առաջ
Appreciate the forward thinking.
My Side Of The Mountain
My Side Of The Mountain 3 ամիս առաջ
Hey, Neighbors! I was deployed to Baghdad in 2008-2009, and I learned an enormous amount from the local people when I was there. One of the biggest lessons I learned was the near miraculous versatility of pigmy goats! Their milk is actually much sweeter than cow or even other goat milk (and can actually be made into hard and semi soft cheese, not just chèvre), their food requirements are much lower than most other livestock, and they can get nutrition from a range of forage like no other animal; the Iraqi farmers are able to feed whole herds of pigmy goats in the desert! Their hide makes fantastic leather, and their meat doesn’t have that famous “goaty” flavor that often turns a lot of people off. And because they are intensely social animals, they are surprisingly easy to train to come back to the barn at night. My land in particular is incredibly steep, and would be a struggle for almost every kind of livestock ... except goats. So, the long and short of it is as soon as I have my house built, the first animals I will be getting won’t be chickens or rabbits or even pigs - I’ll be getting pigmy goats! They are a multi-harvest animal, are easy to care for, and require little to zero supplemental feed. The only challenge is protecting them from local predators, since their small stature makes them more vulnerable, but a trapping license and a 22 quick to hand should curb that problem well enough while also adding resources.
Roads Traveled Photography
Roads Traveled Photography 3 ամիս առաջ
Do you guys have a Pita Pinta Rooster?
FarmGirlRebel 3 ամիս առաջ
I have a small acreage w/horses, sheep, chickens etc. My biggest scale down would unfortunately have to be the horses. I'd still keep some if at all possible because horses can go a lot of places vehicles cannot and if the situation was really bad, I could move around w/o using any roads at all as well as use them for working around the farm (I do have an old horse pull tiller on the property)...but I'd still have to thin the herd, boy would that be a tough decision.
ArtemiaSalina 3 ամիս առաջ
What a brilliant idea, using the milk cow to help support the other animals on the farm during rough times!
O'Donnell's Aussie Homestead
O'Donnell's Aussie Homestead 3 ամիս առաջ
That was a great subject ,funny how people use to laugh at preppers 🥰👍
Motel Man
Motel Man 3 ամիս առաջ
As kids we cut sweet corn stalks in people's gardens and put them in shocks at our house, then feed them to our steer. My sister just asked me if I remembered hauling some right through someones house because they had no gates to the back yard? I barely did, I was 8 years old. Dad cut and we hauled, we had no competition, no one wanted what my dad put an add in the paper for, they were so glad to let all the nutrients leave their gardens and not compost, people 42 years ago are still the same today, they rake up all their leaves and take to the city burn pile, I drive out and haul them home and reuse the thick black bags for free trash bags. most things I want are free, sunshine, water, working in the garden, harvesting crops, walking on trails and seeing God in everything. There will always be something, God feeds the birds!! I did buy the black plastic mulch you use, but next year I am trying hairy vetch, and 7 other seeds to have a living mulch for my tomatoes, living roots feed the other roots and pump in carvon to the soil, green cover crops.
REBCCA RAE 3 ամիս առաջ
I personally love how I have seen you grow and succeed and all the things that you have ventured upon and the ways you have changed your life to become more and more Independence I lived here in Mexico and I am fortunate to live in the country and I have a bunch of fields at my disposal 2 go and get vegetables that they grow fresh my husband just have to drive by everybody says hi to him how you doing so on so forth and they all offer him food whatever they're growing they offer it the other guy the other day a man gave him about two and a half kilos of fresh beans I'm talking like pinto beans but either a purplish color one pinkish purple and I cook those and got what's 6 / a containers in the freezer one gallon freezer and one quart and one pan fried on the stove and I have others I pre-cook it because I don't want to have to use the chemicals that they put in them so that the bugs don't get in them and thought I'd rather cook my new have them ready to go and put them in the freezer we get fresh tomatillos the little green ones with cell we can get fresh Peppers we can get lettuce cauliflower broccoli the hardest thing to get is right now there's nobody growing any Tomatoes anywhere around here so I've tried to grow my own I don't have very much success with a mirror I don't have an option of seeds here so that makes what I grow very difficult and the soil is not of good quality here that used to be in the olden days but we had to landfill here where we bought our property and so the topsoil is one thing but underneath that there's a lot of cement and Reverb and stuff like that and it makes for bed soil you can't just go digging somewhere and think you're going to run a tiller through it because it's not going to work so I've tried raised beds but I try to teach other people the other things that I know about canning about freezing and storing food up a Chaz because everybody buys fresh air and that's fine and dandy if we have somebody bringing it in from out-of-state say no I ate the little tiny bananas because one I'm diabetic and I can only eat half a banana so I buy the little tiny ones they're more nutritious there's certainly much more flavorful and they are little more costly but it's worth it cuz nothing goes to waste I do eat a lot of avocados I personally think that they're very good for you I do raise my own eggs I have my own chickens and I try to teach people about this type of thing but nobody seems to be worried about covering 19 I am almost 60 my husband 64 and we try to stay out of public as much as possible and most people around here don't even wear mask surgical mask at all we always do when we're out outside of our home and when you go to town you can't go in the store unless you have those and yet why proceed to wash your feet you know that kind of thing on these special Matt and you have kitchen temperature taken now I'm all for that but that doesn't mean that you're not a carrier and also and I've been saying this from day one well anyway you get my point here I'm surrounded by fresh products both animals and vegetables and some fruit so I'm actually in pretty good place I think I'm in a better place than in the US best of luck with that dryer looking thing I seen another video that looks like a great deal God bless have a good one
Russell Houghton
Russell Houghton 3 ամիս առաջ
It wouldn't take much to convert that old feeder in one like hope uses. All it would take is an afternoon of welding.
babyfaceJackson 3 ամիս առաջ
An idea is compost worm farming. Great supplement for birds over the winter and good for the extra fertilizer and a source of income (worm tea/compost/ worms) at markets or with other farmers. I've also heard of people getting food scraps from local restaurants with trusted food sources, and creating a huge compost system in a hoop house and letting the chickens be in there over the winter, when they can't free range. It would also help keep them warm.
Blessed Creations
Blessed Creations 3 ամիս առաջ
Just love yall
Millboro Quilter South Dakota
Millboro Quilter South Dakota 3 ամիս առաջ
Wait till your in a drought for 2 or three years in a row and don’t get any hay or rain! . Or go through a prairie fire that burns up everything. Welcome to my world. Watch this video and look at your faces... no smiles anymore. Your finally like real farmers and real ranchers that every discission is a gamble. And YOU have to take ALL the risk... Now multiply that by thousands to feed thousands of people... only to have the 4 major packing plants controlling the pice of your cattle and the price of your feed.... how that Walmart has cattle feed lots and is buying land and cattle you will pay the high prices too... because you don’t think it doesn’t affect you..... you will find out soon enough you won’t be able to afford it soon it will start with land taxes going up, then fuel costs to put up the hay, and on and on... good luck, sorry to be the bearer of bad news...
Old North State Outdoors
Old North State Outdoors 3 ամիս առաջ
Old style field peas of different varieties have been and can be used as a feed source. Many are higher in protein than corn is, and as we all know protein is king in animal feed.
Rebel Studio2
Rebel Studio2 3 ամիս առաջ
Wheat is for animals. Their bones are for flour. Raw uncooked animal bones dried out and powdered to a floury consistency. Calcium. The best supplement for your bones.
pyr8at40 3 ամիս առաջ
it's not just what you show......it's the what ifs you cover....GOD sent you here for us....
Kimberly K
Kimberly K 3 ամիս առաջ
I love those prancing baby cows!🥰
A Place For Grace Farms
A Place For Grace Farms 3 ամիս առաջ
Did you buy or build Hopes hay cradle?
Donna Brown
Donna Brown 3 ամիս առաջ
My husband and I are currently raising chickens and plan to get a couple milk goats next year. Last year I grew some sweet corn, sorghum, and cowpeas in the garden and they did extremely well here in south central Missouri. I was thinking that next winter I would make a field of sorghum and cowpeas and then in the fall sow winter wheat into the same field. The corn would be grown with pole beans and squash and pumpkins "three-sisters style. I am already ready to raise our heritage breed chickens from eggs from our hens. We only have 1 1/2 acres so the idea of stacking functions in the garden is vital when thinking about raising our own animal feed.
Kelli 3 ամիս առաջ
Good topic guys! We run a 40-acre self-sustained homestead in TN and have thought about this very issue. Definitely agree that the family milk cow is ESSENTIAL. Eggs too! Our dogs get fresh chicken eggs, scraps from butchering as well as milk from our cows. Chicken/beef/pork/fish bone broth is another one to think about. Many animals can get nutrition from broths. Just like you guys, we are trying to grow better grains. The non-gmo corn is more difficult that I ever perceived. So much non-gmo corn is not genetically modified, BUT sprayed like the gmo stuff anyway. We've tried the corndog paper bags on top the corn like they do at Baker Creek, but it washes away in the rain quickly and needs to be replaced. I wish Baker Creek would do a better video on this. Blessing guys! We all learn so much from each other!
Ferengi profiteer
Ferengi profiteer 3 ամիս առաջ
Hmm, we raised Herfords. We milked them. They don't give as much milk or near as high a percent of butter fat as jerseys but they gave plenty of both, for us and the pigs. And their beef was hard to beat. I think I recall that Guernseys were considered good for beef and milk but cows are cows, INHO. If they have the temperment, milk is milk and beef is beef. Just a couple of my cents.
Vera Cassidy
Vera Cassidy 3 ամիս առաջ
Hello from Northern Ireland. Just came upon your video and have become a new subscriber. I'm not a farmer but enjoyed seeing your animals and the lovely countryside. I like that you discuss potential problems and come to a decision about what you could do in different scenarios, and I'm sure when we do this in all areas of life we handle things better. None of us can control everything but we can all control some things and when we know we've done all we can we can control our anxiety. God bless you both and keep you well.
imystery man
imystery man 3 ամիս առաջ
People think they can depend on hunting in bad times, well it might work at first but with everyone doing it there won't be much left to hunt in a short order.
imystery man
imystery man 3 ամիս առաջ
sprouting oats in 5 gallon buckets makes great nutritious feed, chickens love it and it supplies all their needs, plus the fact it doubles in volume when it shells up
timothy longmore
timothy longmore 3 ամիս առաջ
I tried a hay ring. Once. It lasted about a week , including 3 or 4 repairs and mods that week. I have highlanders and they would get their heads stuck in it and thrash around until I freed them. The last straw was I came out and the ring was gone. It and my bull were about three hundred yards away with the hay ring stuck on his head like a crown.
dalepres1 3 ամիս առաջ
My plan? Freeze Dried feed, of course
Mary Ellen
Mary Ellen 3 ամիս առաջ
I LOVE Hope's hay feeder! Why have I never seen one like this before? Something I think we don't think about is how we would feed if there were no fuel to run our tractors. We might be wise to go to smaller bales, so we can move them in a wheelbarrow if necessary. If we are caught with only large round bales, we'd have to devise a way to bring the cows to the hay... which, if there's no electricity, could be a bit tricky. Not sure how that could be done, other than throwing up an old-fashioned fence.
Arden Peters
Arden Peters 3 ամիս առաջ
i only fed my American guinea higs ONLY alfalfa. didn't want corn in them. i cant affird non gmo grains.
Carmen Torres
Carmen Torres 3 ամիս առաջ
Thank you for your info! Great advice! Your cow's looks so healthy and beautiful!
Ceresa JL
Ceresa JL 3 ամիս առաջ
Hi LTH family. Besides Greg Judy, what other channels do you recommend? We learn so much from your channel already but would love to know who inspires you all. Thanks and God Bless. ❤️🇺🇸
stephanie morie
stephanie morie 3 ամիս առաջ
Thank you for sharing content that is relevant to the times we are experiencing. All of your points were spot on.
Michele Olson
Michele Olson 3 ամիս առաջ
Hope knew she was getting hay, she was so happy!
Marty Hanks
Marty Hanks 3 ամիս առաջ
Hey guys - another great video! Thanks for posting the important questions. Two of the important things we are doing here in our homestead is we have switched to Fermented Feed & compost for our chickens. The higher value FF is great for the birds, they are healthier & will produce more eggs...best part, since it’s fermented, it’s released triple the nutrients. So they Eat less...dropping our feed costs & consumption. I started a neighborhood compost business & will be using it to feed my 100+ chickens too. Everything they need is in compost & the fermented grains/feed is icing on the cake. So we have reduced our feed cost (no land to grow feed) to 1/4 what it was! Later as I get more compost, we’ll almost eliminate all feed for chickens. The extra eggs & heritage meat will be for sale or more batters! Like my beer brewing friends who through out 30 pounds of grain each time they make beer. So find brewers or a small brewery & see if you can barter for their spent grain. @LivingTraditionsHomestead we love your channel & hope you will look into compost & fermented chicken food as a way to eliminate feed costs. Good luck!! 👊🏻🤓
Ras Madhur
Ras Madhur 3 ամիս առաջ
Barter system is great idea. Personally, I'd keep 2 family milk cows and heritage chickens if downsizing for survival. Pigs and other source of meat is okay if there are no feed stores but chickens and cows are important for me. This is my survival priority. But great that you brought this up. Never thought of it seriously.
Linda Justice
Linda Justice 3 ամիս առաջ
What would you feed the rabbits besides grass? Hay?
Alan E
Alan E 3 ամիս առաջ
As Pathways Homestead said, we pulled the wrap off the bail then set it down then put the ring over it. We had a couple homemade feeders that were simply welded up from 1/2" black pipe, it had three rings about 21" apart. Between the rings there were uprights similar to your round feeder except straight up/down, then there was a second set of vertical uprights between the bottom and middle ring that made a narrower space for the bottom. The feed ring you have should be fine but i would either repair what was the bottom or simply take it off. The rings reduce the amount of hay that the cattle will waste do to spoiling it. Something i meant to suggest when you gave the tour of the new pastures and you pointed out the difference that the cows made compared to the neighbors un-grazed land. IF, they are not going to graze it, see if they would let you graze your cattle on that land. This would keep some of the undergrowth down for them and give your cattle a little more feed. It could do more than that for both parties, if they buy the material you might fix the fence as needed, you might also do some brush hogging to give the cattle more grass. Just some ideas that would give you more pasture for some work in trade.
Train Crazy
Train Crazy 3 ամիս առաջ
We want you both to know that we thoroughly enjoy all of your videos and sharing parts of your lives with us. And on a personal note: thank you for mentioning how important hunting is...and I for one wouldn't mind seeing some of that side of the homestead if you ever decide to share..keep up the good work!!!
Deanna Overstreet
Deanna Overstreet 3 ամիս առաջ
The calves are beautiful!
K. P.
K. P. 3 ամիս առաջ
Not sure is this was addressed. But, I would get some hinges on that gate, asap. Cows get used to your habits fast..They will be all over you when they see you head for the barn..lol
RETIREDBABY 3 ամիս առաջ
vegetarian think about it with all your ifs.
John Hopkins
John Hopkins 3 ամիս առաջ
I had in the past toyed with the idea of growing spirulina for a feed supplement. In India they grow it in small pools. Having a freeze drier would certainly ease the storage aspect of it, but it can be sun dried in proper weather. Would probably have to use a green house here just to regulate water quality (rain) even if you did it seasonal.
brenda okuda
brenda okuda 3 ամիս առաջ
First off, I love your channel. This particular episode was very informative, but I do have one question. I only raise chickens and have one acre inside of the city limits. What would I need to concentrate on in order to raise foods just for them? Thank you and God bless
Julie O'Neil
Julie O'Neil 3 ամիս առաջ
love watching your video's you provide so very much information and you show everything in such a relaxing atmosphere please keep up the great work you are doing and the love of nature and natural lifestyle you are sharing with all of your viewers--
Ric Hern
Ric Hern 3 ամիս առաջ
The right type of trees could produce most of the elements Cattle needs through their leaves and seeds. We used to run some Milking cows out in Semi-Bushveld/Savannah like camps with Acacia Trees and only needed some Salt as an extra. Milking time we only gave them each halve a bag of Lusern/Alfalfa. They kept producing between 8-15 Liters of milk per day plus raise a calf and kept their condition well throughout the Winter. Jerseys, some Ayrshires and a Simmental. So basically any plant that can produce leaves and fruits that have a lot of nutrients without much care needed. Phosphates etc. etc. And Sillage can also go a long way as an added extra..but you need someone experienced to show you the right way the first time.
Timothy Johnson
Timothy Johnson 3 ամիս առաջ
WOW! Three fourths of this video is irrelevant to the title! Then we're told to be thinking about it and let you know if WE come up with a plan! Yep. Probably gonna unsubscribe as this channel is for the wealthy not the average homesteader.
42 zap
42 zap 3 ամիս առաջ
Can you grow wheat and oats?
42 zap
42 zap 3 ամիս առաջ
I read cattle needs salt every day. How do you give them salt?
HELL'S HOUSE 3 ամիս առաջ
hi can u tell me how do u deal with mice and rats , we have a problem in the window ,they come into the house , and pee all over , we have tried traps and other things but nothing works , we have filled all the holes as well, we have 4 cats as well. the worse thing is there in side the walls now . hope u can help thank i
lisa reaume
lisa reaume 3 ամիս առաջ
Purple Rain
Purple Rain 3 ամիս առաջ
I miss that "nasty" up north weather. Having my coffee outside n planning my day.
Phil O Broin
Phil O Broin 3 ամիս առաջ
What do you feed chickens if the stores are closed?
Maggie Pennington
Maggie Pennington 3 ամիս առաջ
If you have any table scapes left over or potato peelings and stuff like that you could feed those to your pigs!
James Witte
James Witte 3 ամիս առաջ
I like the idea of a covered hay feeder ... I have seen feeders with a hinged gate to make loading easier ...
L Costantino
L Costantino 3 ամիս առաջ
Well thought out plan.....
Michael Graham
Michael Graham 3 ամիս առաջ
You should check out the fodder system! It's really good for livestock
Cyndi Foore
Cyndi Foore 3 ամիս առաջ
Excellent video.
Simona Dunn
Simona Dunn 3 ամիս առաջ
You gave interesting and thoughtful responses to that question. Not everyone can have a homestead and do what you do. You certainly are both good teachers and appear to be good partners. I live in suburbia with a 1/4 acre lot that includes our house. But we are gardening more and more for our own vegetables and medicinal herbs year round. I enjoy your video and today especially enjoyed the hay ‘installations’ and watching Hope and the babies. Thank you.
R David Brungard
R David Brungard 3 ամիս առաջ
Where does the original herd stay ?
Wesley Davis
Wesley Davis 3 ամիս առաջ
With a small herd of cows a hay ring is great. Do not over work your self
Joe Hoesche
Joe Hoesche 3 ամիս առաջ
You got the feeder upside down
Joe Hoesche
Joe Hoesche 3 ամիս առաջ
One of the best feed systems for cows that i found was drill oats in feb. Cut for hay when grain is in the dough stage 1st part of aug. Then drill turnips 2 pounds per acer let cows graze off when mature u will get the most feed and happy cows
Living Traditions Homestead
Living Traditions Homestead 3 ամիս առաջ
That's because the "bottom" was so broken up we had to use it upside down. Cows don't seem to mind.
H Hardy
H Hardy 3 ամիս առաջ
Silage too guys 🥰
TRUMP 2Q2Q and BEYOND Dixie and Alfred
TRUMP 2Q2Q and BEYOND Dixie and Alfred 3 ամիս առաջ
TRUMP 2Q2Q and BEYOND Dixie and Alfred
TRUMP 2Q2Q and BEYOND Dixie and Alfred 3 ամիս առաջ
NOTHING is EASY but keeping it SIMPLE IS A MUST on a low budget income!! We KNOW, we. Reduced re-use we rebuild we REMANUFACTURE it is what it is
TRUMP 2Q2Q and BEYOND Dixie and Alfred
TRUMP 2Q2Q and BEYOND Dixie and Alfred 3 ամիս առաջ
WE here in HARMONY MAINE have been given warning of grain shortages MAY occur so hold onto your boot straps
TRUMP 2Q2Q and BEYOND Dixie and Alfred
TRUMP 2Q2Q and BEYOND Dixie and Alfred 3 ամիս առաջ
WE here in HARMONY MAINE have been given warning of grain shortages MAY occur so hold onto your boot straps
Robert Regan
Robert Regan 3 ամիս առաջ
I totally understand where you're coming from wrt not following Greg Judy (or anybody else for that matter and wanting to find out for yourself), but Kevin....DUDE, he's right down the road from you, your conditions are near identical - just as we learn from you and follow what you say, so you should of him. He is one of THE experts in the field. There is no way you would run out of forage at this time of year given your stocking density if you apply his principles going forward. I believe you are thinking in terms of cost of hay, instead of thinking of soil biology. Take a ride up to Greg's and talk with him - he is the nicest fella and will gladly talk at length about anything you ask.
Carol Mauriello
Carol Mauriello 3 ամիս առաջ
Same in NY. My grandfather never used feed stores. Cows , pigs and chickens. He grew hay in back field. He didn’t get a tractor till he was 81.only used work horses
Karen M
Karen M 3 ամիս առաջ
Wondering if you can put sled-runners onto the bottom rail/legs of the hay feeder so you can pull it with the tractor around the paddock for different feeding areas?
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