Survival Livestock Every Prepper Should Own

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It’s no secret that food is one of the most important things to keep on hand in the event of a disaster. But, with so many choices to pick from, where should you start? The most obvious answer is to stock up on meats and dairy products. 

This variety will give you a range of nutrients and provide the calories you need to keep going in a survival situation. And, with commercial farms constantly at risk for natural disasters, it’s important to have multiple sources for food; this way, if one source goes down, you can still get by. 

In this article, we are going to write about some common and obscure livestock animals. Without further ado, let’s dive right in.

Goats

Goats are a great option for preppers. Not only are goats fairly easy to care for, but they can provide a variety of products. Chances are you’ll be able to find a local farmer who is looking to get rid of some goats, so you can have them at a fairly cheap price.

And once you have the goats, they will provide milk, meat, and even cashmere. A single goat on your property could end up paying for itself rather quickly, especially if it ends up breeding with another on your property or if you can find a buyer after the end of the crisis.

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Ducks

Ducks are good sources of protein because they are very high in the amino acids arginine and lysine. These amino acids help rebuild muscles, which is especially important after a disaster. 

They’re also very easy to raise, so you can start collecting them before an emergency strikes. You can consider purchasing them from a local poultry farm. This way, they can provide eggs and can be sold quickly.

Turkeys

Turkeys are a fun livestock animal to have, but they’re similar to chickens in many ways. In fact, turkeys were originally bred from chickens. You can raise them for meat or egg production, or both! If you raise both, you’ll have two sources of meat instead of just one. 

In addition to being a good source for food, turkeys will help control insects around your property. They’re also easy to care for and will breed with chickens to produce a wide range of different types of poultry. 

You can even raise turkeys in a small space, such as a backyard. As long as you have enough room for them to roam and a source of food, you should be able to keep your turkeys happy and healthy.

Cows

Cows have always been a favorite animal to have on hand in case of a disaster. This is because they can provide you with not only beef, but also milk and cheese. Depending on the breed of cow you get, you could get up to four gallons of milk per day! Not only that, but there are very few things out there that will kill a cow. 

If cows are properly cared for and eaten in moderation (about one pound of beef per day), they will live for about 15 years and give you plenty of time to reap the rewards.

Rabbits

Rabbits are another source of protein that is easy to raise. They are great for adding meat to your diet after a crisis because they are fast-growing, don’t need a lot of space, and reproduce quickly. Plus, they provide you with an alternative source for food and fur.

Geese

Geese are another fun livestock animal to own. Geese, like chickens and turkeys, make for great pets as well as food sources during a disaster situation. 

During the winter, you can feed them scraps from your kitchen and they’ll be happy. In the summer months, treat them like you would any other pet and let them free range around your property and eat bugs and other insects to their hearts content. 

Geese like to travel in groups, which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how much space you have available.

Llamas

Llamas should only really be kept if you have enough space to keep them since they can get very large. They require a lot of care too. Their hair needs to be kept very long for their coats, and they need plenty of shade because their hair will get brittle without it. 

Like pigs, they also require a lot of food and hay, so an increase in the amount of time you have to spend on them will only mean more expense in terms not used for food or money. 

However, they do provide a good source of meat, both inside and out. Their meat is very lean and high in protein, so it is better than many other kinds of meat.

Chickens

Chickens are one of the most common livestock animals. They’re inexpensive to buy and easy to care for. And, if you think about it, chickens play a highly important role in your survival plan.

Many types of chicken can be eaten or used for food. Eggs can be consumed by themselves or turned into a variety of different meals and meats, such as fried chicken, boiled chicken, grilled chicken and stewed chicken. 

In addition to being a great source for food in a survival situation, chickens are also great pets that can help keep you company during a crisis. And when it comes to feeding chickens, they’re pretty self-sufficient animals.

Pigs

Pigs are an important livestock for any prepper. Not only are they delicious, but they can also provide you with many beneficial products.

Pigs are one of the oldest domesticated animals known to man. They require regular cleaning of their hooves and teeth, so if you want to keep pigs on your property, it will be difficult to leave them alone for very long without supervision. 

However, they provide a lot of protein for your diet as well as providing food for the entire family if you have enough time to set up pens and feed them properly. 

Pigs will eat nearly anything you feed them, making them an excellent addition to your stockpile. You can raise pigs for meat, ham (both fresh and salted), bacon (either cured or smoked), lard (a byproduct of cooking pork belly), and leather (from the hides). 

You should try to keep two to four adult pigs on hand in case of disaster. If kept properly, pigs can live for about 15 years, giving you plenty of time to reap the benefits of these creatures.

Conclusion

These are only some of the many options that you will have for survival livestock. You should also look into commercial farms that provide their livestock with feed and housing. This way, you can get the highest quality livestock for your survival efforts without having to worry about where to get food or housing after a disaster.

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