Uses For Farm Animals You May Not Have Considered
Don’t forget goats. Goat meat is better tasting and less greasy than mutton and has a texture similar to beef. Good in stews, or as chops and ground meat dishes. Also, goat milk and cheese is an extra delight.
I learned a great deal about how the previous generations lived, ate and raised stock mainly from the Laura Ingalls-Wilder books. The one about her future husband, Manny, was the best one of all in that regards (If I recall correctly it was called “Farmer Boy”). Also, I grew up on a dairy farm in southern Idaho and knew the tricks of the trade, but I still learned an enormous amount from those fantastic books. Thanks, Laura!
You left out the most desirable trait of donkeys. We raise donkeys, and keep a couple in the pasture where the cows are. They keep the coyotes out of the pasture so they don’t kill the calves. Donkeys and coyotes hate each other. Donkeys will kick a coyote and kill it. They do the same for dogs, so you can’t have a herding dog with a donkey in most cases. Donkeys are famous for being mean to people, but that’s usually only if they have been heckled. My donkeys are really gentle.