Homesteading with Heritage Breeds

Heritage breeds are a great option for those with a small acreage. These old-fashioned heritage breeds are hardy and versatile. In addition to preserving the genetic diversity of these wonderful heritage breeds, one Ohio couple is enjoying the rich bounty of nutritious and flavorful food they produce.



heritage chickens
Heritage breeds of livestock, like this pair of Dorking chickens, make a great addition to a back yard or a place in the country.
Photo by Mary Lou Shaw
products from heritage breeds
Milk from the cows provides a bounty of dairy products.
Photo by Mary Lou Shaw
farmers in garden
The Shaws raise heirloom vegetables in their garden.
Photo by Ronnie Hager
windmill
The windmill pumps water for livestock, but may pump water for a gravity-fed system in the house some day.
Photo by Mary Lou Shaw
dutch belted cows
The Dutch belted cattle are a dual-purpose breed; they efficiently produce both milk and meat for the homestead.
Photo by Mary Lou Shaw
heritage rooster
Righteous, the rooster, rules only half the roost. Another rooster, Carlos, rules the other half.
Photo by Justine Shaw
dorking chickens
The Dorking cockerels on “pasture” in the chicken tractor.
Photo by Mary Lou Shaw
guinea hogs
Guinea hogs are an endangered breed.
Photo by Mary Lou Shaw
heritage homesteading
In addition to preserving the genetic diversity of these wonderful heritage breeds, the Shaws are enjoying the rich bounty of nutritious and flavorful food they produce.
Photo by Mary Lou Shaw











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