I don’t know if it’s just me, but I love to learn about the many different breeds of livestock. I find the subject fascinating! Typically when we think of a cow, pig, chicken, or what-have-you, an image of a particular breed comes immediately to mind. The Holsteins, Yorkshires, Leghorns, and other breeds popular with commercial growers have redefined our ideas of livestock. Yet these are not the only breeds available! There is incredible diversity among livestock breeds, and oftentimes the less well known breeds are actually a better fit for a homestead than the commercial standards.
Because I love this subject, and because choosing the right breed(s) of livestock is incredibly important for homesteaders, I am doing a video series called “Breed Spotlight.” In this series, each video will focus on a specific breed of livestock, their history, what makes them unique, and what assets they can bring to your homestead. Investing in quality livestock is no small feat; this series will help you make an informed decision so that your time, money, and efforts are not accidentally wasted on a breed that isn’t the right fit for you.
Of course, I had to start with Nigerian Dwarf goats! This is the primary breed of livestock I raise, and they are certainly my favorites. I couldn’t start anywhere else than my own backyard!
I hope you enjoy this series as much as I am enjoying making it. Please let me know if you have a breed you’d like for me to highlight!