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End to Locally-sourced Meat?

End to Locally-sourced Meat?

A report from the Sustainable Food Trust (SFT) describes the UK’s small local abattoirs as close to collapse. Over the last ten years more than a third have closed, with just 63 now remaining in England (down from 96 in 2007). This, together with the resulting high financial, environmental and welfare cost of transporting relatively […]

Can you Keep Pigs and Work

Can you Keep Pigs and Work

Michaela Giles, pig keeper and author of The Commuter Pig Keeper, shares some of her tips for getting the work–pig balance right Let’s begin with the good news ‒ keeping pigs and working full-time can be easy for anyone in a nine-to-five job that doesn’t involve a commute, and whose place of work is near […]

By January 19, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Keeping Pigs in the Garden

Keeping Pigs in the Garden

Linda MacDonald Brown, author of Pigs for the Freezer, considers the possibility of keeping pigs in your garden. The idea of keeping a couple of pigs in your garden can be a scary one – after all, there is a huge difference between keeping a few chickens for their eggs and two pigs for their […]

By November 10, 2017 1 Comments Read More →
Pig Feed

Pig Feed

As part of our series on animal nutrition, Jo Montague, BSc (Hons) and animal nutritionist for Marriages Feeds, looks as the nutritional requirements of pigs, and offers some timely tips on winter husbandry. This post complements our post by Jo on What to feed Chickens to keep them Healthy. Just as they face problems at […]

By February 9, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Are Rare Breeds Profitable

Are Rare Breeds Profitable

Benjamin Crosby  of britannicararebreeds.co.uk considers the prospect of making a living from keeping rare breeds, and looks at alternative ways of doing so where profit may prove elusive Making a living from traditional and rare breeds is a dream that many try to realise. Although a few succeed where circumstances are favourable, most will find […]

By November 24, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Can Small Family Farms Survive in the 21st Century?

Can Small Family Farms Survive in the 21st Century?

See also: Butchering your own lamb A viable self-sufficiency checklist It will come as no surprise that small and independent family farms face considerable difficulties, and a major new independent study commissioned by The Prince’s Countryside Fund into the future of such businesses across the UK has revealed a steep decline in numbers since the […]

Keeping Native Breeds

Keeping Native Breeds

Benjamin Crosby looks at why it might be wise to sacrifice a little production for the relative ease of keeping hardy native breeds which often thrive on foraging in the British environment. Native breeds are those created solely in Great Britain. There is a great, often overlooked, selection to choose from, and a breed for […]

Homeopathy for Animal Health

Homeopathy for Animal Health

Homeopathy is viewed with a degree of cynicism in some sectors of animal husbandry, but is practised mainly by keepers intent on high standards of welfare. Heidi M. Sands, herself a convert, investigates: See Also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/natural-medicines/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/old-cures-for-poultry-ailments/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/call-to-end-routine-farm-antibiotic-use/   Homeopathy is widely regarded as an alternative form of medicine understood to have been recognised and […]

Pigs in the Cottage Economy

Pigs in the Cottage Economy

As part of her series on William Cobbett’s Cottage Economy, Dot Tyne, co-author of Viable Self-Sufficiency, looks at Cobbett’s view of the pig as a source of bacon for the self-supporter, and considers his advice in the light of 21st-century tastes and technology. See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/cottage-economy-says-making-bread/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/relevance-cottage-economy-today/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-make-bacon-at-home/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-make-sausages/   Pigs can be kept in […]

Viable Self-Sufficiency Checklist

Viable Self-Sufficiency Checklist

Dot Tyne, co-author of our forthcoming book, Viable Self-Sufficiency and contributor writing the very popular Smallholder’s Diary every month in HF,  goes through the Viable self-sufficiency checklist used on their own smallholding every couple of years to make sure they stay focused and every bit of their business is pulling it’s weight. So without further […]

By January 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

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