Prepping for SHTF is a never ending process. Unless money is not an issue, chances are people have to divide their efforts between various projects.
Over the past few weeks I have been posting about what my project for 2013 should be. Should it be rabbits, honey bees, both, or maybe even something else?
The question from there needs to be, what project is going to provide my family with the greatest return on our investment?
Which farm animals are the best able to live off the land, have the best food to output ratio, produce the most food for the amount of room they take up.
Cattle: Lets start with the one farm animal that everyone knows in one way or another. Most people eat cheese, butter, steaks, brisket, hamburger,,,, and so on.
The cow is a universally recognized farm animal, but what is it really good for during a long term SHTF situation?
If you butcher a 1,000 pound cow, then you have to have a way to preserve the meat. Do you have a smoker, and a pressure cooker large enough to process a whole cow?
During the middle ages, cows were not a preferred livestock. Which was mainly because they are so large it takes great effort to preserve the meat.