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Dairy Goats & Cows by Lucas Farm's Tinia at The Great Appalachian Homesteading Conference

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Dairy Goats & Cows by Lucas Farm's Tinia at The Great Appalachian Homesteading Conference

  1. 1. Farmstead Dairy: Goats and Cows, An Introduction Presentation by Tinia Creamer Lucas Farm in West Virginia
  2. 2. Meet Tinia (Tuh-Knee-Uh) I have raised goats since 2008, cows since 2009 While I know many folks who have raised livestock longer than I have, I have found everyone doesn’t put the same time in to husbandry, unfortunately. I am a raw milk advocate and recently saw legislation passed in WV to make herdshares legal I have unique experience in having a father born in Appalachia in 1923. I like to call him an OH: Original Homesteader. I currently raise registered Nubians, Saanens and haved started a British Guernesey program. I raise Blue Laced Red and Silver Laced Wyandottes, Lavendar Orpingtons and Miniature Jersey Cattle. During my farmsteading journey, I have raised Dexter cattle, Silver Fox rabbits and Guinea Hogs, as well. I am the mother of 3 homeschooled boys, ages 6 to 14. I am one of 16 children and the founder of West Virginia’s largest equine rescue organization. I endeavor into photography when and if I have the time, as well. I’m the wife of a former Marine SGT.
  3. 3. Dairy Animals Should be the Last Addition to your Homestead Why? 1. Space 2. Time and Money 3. Long Term Goals 4. Organic milk 5. Cheese, Soap and Sales 6. Family needs The hardest adventure you will ever undertake on a farm is Dairy
  4. 4. Conformation Longevity Long term Value Conformation, Registration, Testing ook at breeding stock as a serious nvestment in your Homestead because hat is what they are; Buy the best you can once you understand What the “BEST” means
  5. 5. 1. Cows or Goats, folks? Raise of Hands: Who thinks Goats? Who thinks cows? Who is nuts and thinks both?
  6. 6. “Harpoon a Cow, she will live on for years. . . A Goat gets wet, she dies within the hour. . .
  7. 7. If you’re hoping for butter, going organic and easier fence installation, maybe a grass fed breed of cow is best for you ▸ 1. Land ▸ 2. Handling ▸ 3. Disease ▸ 4. Organic? ▸ 5. Investment ▸ 6. Milking Time ▸ 7. Breeding ▸ 8. Milk Outlets ▸ 9. Bulls
  8. 8. So many breeds, so many pros and cons for each
  9. 9. The Fine Details of Keeping a Cow
  10. 10. Goats Are not What You’ve been told They will certainly NOT eat Anything. . . Especially not grass, but man they are loveable
  11. 11. Goat considerations 1. Parasites 2. Quality 3. Minerals 4. Diet 5. Hardiness 6. Breeding 7. Fence 8. Milk Quality 9. Disease 10. Bucks
  12. 12. Goats: $400 for a quality doe Easier to Hand Milk Easier to “milk less” Cheese Making Milk Digestion Less Land Required Less Soil Erosion More personable 1 gallon a day Requires Grain Easier to settle does Compare / Contrast Cows: $1,500 for a quality cow Gives far more milk More broadly enjoyed milk BUTTER!!!! Easier to contain Hardier Easier to raise organically 4-10 gallons a day Some can be grassfed Bulls are a concern
  13. 13. Items you need, regardless
  14. 14. Time Quality Market Management The Long Term Cows or Goats
  15. 15. THANKS! Any questions? You can find me at Lucasfarmwv.com On Facebook as: Lucas Farm Or email tinia@live.com

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