Homestead Living and Livestock

Practical skills for modern homesteading, sustainable agriculture, and self-sufficient urban or country living.

Processing Meat Rabbits

By Melissa Souza

Process your meat rabbits more effectively and with minimal hassle by using this reader’s beginners guide for backyard butchering.

Processing Your Backyard Chickens

By Mary Lou Shaw

To benefit from the meat of backyard chickens, one must learn to process them. This includes how to kill, scald, pluck, and eviscerate, and then get them into the freezer. This article describes how we are learning to improving this process.

Processing a Deer

By Maggie Bonham

Learn how you can save money processing your own game by using this advice from someone who’s learned the process themselves.

Lessons Learned from 23 Years of Mountain Homesteading

By Bruce McElmurray

After homesteading on a mountain for 23 years, we have made some good choices and a few poor choices.


The 4 P’s Every Homesteader Needs

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

Often, we list necessities as tangible things, but what about the focus we should pay to our mental state?

Is This Breed a Livestock Guard Dog?

By Jan Dohner

Can I use a Great Dane as a LGD? Or a St. Bernard? How about a heeler and Golden crossbred? Being a LGD is not a job you can train any other breed to perform. LGDs are a specialized group of breeds.

The Best Guard Dog for Your Homestead

By Barbara Pleasant

Find the best guard dog for your homestead with these training tips and advice on guard dog breeds. Originally published as “Choosing and Training a Watchdog” in the April/May 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Selecting a Working Livestock Guard Dog Puppy

By Jan Dohner

You’ve done your homework – examining your needs, situation, and breed preferences – and now you are ready to select your LGD. This is an expensive, long- term commitment of time and energy. This LGD will be protecting your farm and stock. Please take your time to choose your pup carefully.

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