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Supporting Animals and Sustaining the Land in the Backyard and on the Homestead

Supporting Animals and Sustaining the Land in the Backyard and on the Homestead

Update: 2021-08-27
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There’s been a noticeable increase in interest from landowners in backyard livestock, from laying hens to pigs and sheep. Whether you just have a little bit of outdoor space or a lot, incorporating animals may be a viable option – and undoubtedly many of you already have. While this episode is not a comprehensive how-to guide to raising backyard livestock, this conversation with UNH Extension dairy, livestock and forage field specialist Elaina Enzien weaves together an exciting array of topics relevant for raising animals on a small scale. After listening, you might be inspired to not only learn more and dig deeper, but bring some more animals onto your property. 

 

Featured plant: jimsonweed (Datura stramonium)

 

Join us on Saturday, September 25 at Wagon Hill Community Garden in Durham, NH for a workshop on using manure in the garden.

 

Background reading:

 

·         UNH Extension resources on backyard livestock

·         Teach Cows to Eat Weeds: The Science, the Steps and the Reasons why Cows Shout Eat Weeds

·         Manual of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Agriculture in New Hampshire

·         Manure Management for Small and Hobby Farms

 
One correction: At one point in the episode, Elaina referred to cattle, goats and sheep as monogastrics. A listener pointed out that ruminants is a more accurate term - and he's absolutely right! So we're issuing this correction.

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Supporting Animals and Sustaining the Land in the Backyard and on the Homestead

Supporting Animals and Sustaining the Land in the Backyard and on the Homestead

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension