Best Livestock for Preparedness

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Wild turkeys foraging for food.

Wild turkeys.

Top 5 Post Apocalyptic Livestock for Preppers

Are you preparing for tough times? Hoping to become more self sufficient? I’m always thinking ahead and planning for the possibility that food in stores will become more scarce, or so laden with chemicals that I don’t want to eat it.

If you like to eat meat, dairy, and eggs and are concerned about the future availability of these staples, stop by and read my latest article on The Prepper Project. I’ve had the experience of raising livestock as a kid on a small farm, and have a bit of an insider view on what livestock will give the best return for your work and feed input. Here is my list of the best livestock to own if you really need to feed your family without going to a grocery store.

Do you have your own list of livestock you’d like to keep for self sufficiency? I’d love to hear your thoughts on which animals you would want to keep if you had to depend on them for sustenance!


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4 comments on “Best Livestock for Preparedness

  1. Sylvester017

    Hi Lisa Lynn,

    Just a short added note. Including saved seeds to plant food for the livestock is also necessary to plan ahead. Because of being suburban with a tiny 60’x90′ lot with a house, double garage, and 2 patios doesn’t leave us much space for luxuries like goats, sheep, ducks, turkeys, horses, or cattle not to mention the city codes LOL! But chickens we can handle in a small backyard and we make sure to always have not only feed for them, but several 5-gallon containers of rotated water for them as well for blackouts. Once we were 5 days straight without electricity during one particularly stormy year. Having refrigerators and lights was useless unless you planned ahead with a portable generator or solar panels to at least keep a fridge operating during blackout. My chickens rely on produce for a lot of their diet so a fridge is crucial in the city. On his 5-acre farm my uncle had an underground reinforced storage cellar. It was so neat going underground to see all his canned goods and sealed storage containers for grain. It had a weird musty odor that brings back memories just to think of it. Again – not an option in the city but something rural folk probably can have to keep feed for their livestock in a natural cool storage.

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  2. Lisa Lynn Post author

    Hi Liz,
    I can understand why you aren’t allowed to keep rabbits, they have caused so much destruction in your area. Here they have quite a few predators and the cold keeps them from reproducing as quickly.

    I also can see why you would include dairy cows. I don’t think you would go very far very quickly riding a cow ๐Ÿ˜‰ which is why I included horses. If you need to travel, a horse comes in pretty handy. But so much would depend on your situation.
    Thanks for the comments!

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  3. farmer_liz

    Great list. I was surprised to see horses, but I see why you included them. Personally, I would replace horses and goats with cattle, as a couple of dairy cows and a bull can be used to produce milk, beef and oxen that can be trained to pull loads like horses. Unfortunately we are not allowed to keep rabbits in QLD Australia, but there are plenty running wild ๐Ÿ™‚

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