Backyard and small family farm livestock are gaining
popularity throughout neighborhoods and even urban
areas today. With the pressures of a changing
economy, concerns over continued availability of
animal agriculture, and a growing awareness of the
importance of livestock in the ecology of even the
smallest sized homestead, people everywhere are
once again beginning to house various types of these
helpful and engaging creatures on their property.
The breeds and types of livestock that can be utilized
in a backyard situation are actually far more
numerous than we might expect at first consideration.
The original Jersey cow, for example, is a heritage breed now referred to as the Miniature Jersey since
the bred-larger variety has become more established
in large and commercial operations. This original
ancestor of today's bigger milk cow is just the right
size for the small homestead, and typically gives
enough milk for a large family on a daily basis.
For those with the smallest facilities who still want
fresh milk from their own backyard there is the
Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goat. These pint sized milkers
will do just fine in a space no larger than the average
living room, and still deliver the sweetest milk of any
Goats of every breed and type are particularly
popular with small and urban livestock owners,
and can be selected for milk, meat, and even fiber.