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59143Re: [Authentic_SCA] Animals

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  • Despair Bear
    Sep 10, 2012
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      We are in the West, central California. We have similar problems here with fox and coyote getting onto our property and killing everything. We ended up getting a very large dog (200 lbs) and our livestock losses had gone down to almost nothing. My wife wanted to get some Saanen goats but we ended up with toggenburgs (Swiss) as we found them first. We are now moving away from goats, the don't produce as much manure as our cow not as much milk. The cow eats more grasses and weeds but less trees. At one point our goats ate $300 worth of trees from "trees of antiquity" (a great company that carries some medieval species of fruit trees). Agreed on the heritage breeds, while they are more authentic they tend to produce less. On the other hand we find that our heritage breeds are overall healthier and can thrive on a lesser quality of food. Nearly all of our animals live free-range year round with no issues but we are turning one of our Saxon homes into a cow
      shed for calving season just to make things a little easier on her. Have you tried any period construction for your outbuildings?


      From: Linda Larson <linda_a_larson@...>
      To: Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, September 10, 2012 10:50 AM
      Subject: [Authentic_SCA] Animals


      At present we raise sheep that are a cross of Wiltshire Horn and Gulf Coast native, in an attempt to approximate the sheep that the English were raising in the 16th century.  During that period, they were introducing Spanish sheep into their flocks to improve the quality of wool.  The GCN is an ancestor of the Merino.

      We also keep dairy Goats.  I have looked into San Clemente Island goats and Arapaho (sp?) which are the ones that are at Plimoth Plantation, but they do not give much milk compared to modern breeds.  My Saanen goats look like the many white goats I see in period illustrations and give me enough goat milk to provide for many cheesemaking experiments.

      I have raised dorkings and loved them.  Lately I have been raising whatever hens I can buy at the local feed store, but a raccoon wiped out our entire flock last
      June so I am waiting for next Spring and think I'll order heritage birds from MacMurray.  If there are no chickens here for a while maybe the raccoon will go elsewhere.

      I am in AEthelmearc.  Where is your farm?


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