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Infographic: The Meat Makers

Get the info you need to choose the best meat to raise on your hobby farm.

By Sue Weaver, Illustration by Tom Kimball


Raising meat on your hobby farm to feed your family is a noble venture, but it’s no small undertaking. Getting the quality meat from your livestock requires giving them quality care and attention. Before you invite livestock to the farm, spend some time thinking about what species and breeds you want to raise, the length of time is will require to grow your meat, and how much return on investment you will receive. Use the infographic below to compare different livestock species, and start thinking about what meat you can raise on your farm.

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Good to know
Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 5/9/2013 6:50:54 AM
This is a wonderful and captivating visual resource - thank you for sharing!!
Terra Dei Farm, Edina, MO
Posted: 1/23/2013 1:15:29 PM
You're right, Keri. Goats are an excellent source of meat, and it would have been good to include them on this infographic. If you haven't already, check out our article on raising meat goats: LINK
Hobby Farms editor, Lexington, KY
Posted: 1/22/2013 6:07:24 AM
I was saddened to see that you didn't include goats on your list of hobby farm animals. There are probably more hobby farms that raise both meat and dairy goats than hobby farms that just have a cow or two. As a owner of dairy goats, we've had several processed for meat and the meat is not only leaner than chicken or turkey, it's awesome.
Keri, Saginaw, MI
Posted: 1/21/2013 8:31:01 AM
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