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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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how about goat?
Roy, Aitkin, MN
Posted: 10/27/2014 4:11:15 PM
And what about waterfowl (ducks, geese)? Otherwise good info.
Sammie, Radisson, WI
Posted: 10/27/2014 7:54:56 AM
What about goat? They're a very efficient meat animal and relatively low maintenance. When properly dehorned, wethered,and handled, children can almost completely care for them.
Tracy, Rialto, CA
Posted: 10/27/2014 12:23:44 AM
That's spot on with the chickens. I raised Cornish Cross, and let them go to 8 weeks. I ended up with 22 dressed out chickens all weighing between 6-7 lbs each. I kept my birds and pigs confined, the more room they have the tougher the meat is. My pigs I kept on a slate floor, so that it could be hosed out daily. No muddy pen for them. They dressed at around 250 when butchered.
Mary, Klamath Falls, OR
Posted: 10/26/2014 4:09:23 PM
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