What Are The Most Productive Farm Animals???

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  1. auntdover23

    auntdover23 Out Of The Brooder

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    So I would like to start up again with my farm, because everyone knows once you have gotten yourself into it there's no tuning back. However I would like an easy-keep, productive animal. I was thinking goats, but I would like to hear what you all have to say and hear from your experiences what animals you guys think would be most productive. Here is a list of things I would like for the animal(s) to do:


    • Be able to pull a small child's wagon (with fire would or manure in it)

    • Keep down the grass

    • Doesn't eat much

    • Provides milk

    • And can produce offspring 1-2 a year


    *Keep in mind that they don't ''have'' to have these attributes, this is only what I would like for them to do.



    Thanks in advance!!!
     
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  2. auntdover23

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    P.S. We will be getting chickens in the spring. And we have horses.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    You can train wether dairy goats to pull wagons, and of course a doe will give you milk and kids. Goats can be a joy or a pain, depends on your patience level and ability to outsmart them. The will graze, but not short, they leave about 6-8 inches from the ground and won't graze where they mess.

    Smaller breeds of cows like jersey could work, but they eat a bit more and need more care.

    Miniature donkeys, but I don't think you want to milk them.

    Sheep, they can be a bit headstrong, but you can milk them, not sure about training them to pull a wagon, the couple of bottle babies I had were not too bright and they tend to run and panic a lot, they do crop the grass short.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I'm not usually one for miniature animals, but the mini cows (Dexter, etc) have sure caught my attention. They're on my short list for when we move and have more space. They'll eat more than a goat, but produce more also. I think they're easier to fence, and overall quieter than goats.
     
  5. jk47

    jk47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pigs and chicken if you want meat
    Chicken ready-7weeks
    Pigs ready-6months
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Pigs and goats would be good choices. I've never raised them, but I know a lot about them.
     
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  7. Stacykins

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  9. HeritageGoose13

    HeritageGoose13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Llamas will do everything on your list except milk.
     
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