Dairy Sheep on the Homestead: Guest Rachel Hester

On Today’s Podcast Episode, Harold Has A Conversation With Rachel Hester About Dairy Sheep On The Homestead and Her New Book, The Guide To Homestead Dairy Sheep. Rachel Talks About Why Dairy Sheep Are A Great Livestock For The Homestead, The Advantages and Challenges, and More.

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 222 – October 4, 2023

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Rachel craved wholesome, traditional foods like the kind she experienced in Eastern Europe on the Mission Field, and her husband Kyle had a childhood dream of having a small farm like his grandfather. After a honeybee swarm flew into the backyard of the rental property they were living on at the time, they realized they wanted a homestead that was operated in such a way as to be honeybee-friendly and health-savvy.

After an alarming health crisis after Kyle donated bone marrow in 2013, they began learning about alternative health methods. Modern Medicine had created a huge mess and failed to help clean it up for them. So they began learning ways to reverse the damage themselves, and part of that included a crash course in various methods of food production. They quickly realized that the way the food is farmed has a direct impact on their personal health. Soon, they began visiting farmer’s markets, listening to crunchy podcasts, and networking amongst farmers who refused to use trendy certifications to sell their products.

In the process of sourcing foods that helped reverse Kyle’s health issues, they realized that joining the sustainable food movement was something they both felt not just inspired by but called to. Raw Milk and especially Sheep Milk are two things that are non-negotiables necessary for their home and health. Soy and even corn are two products that are usually fed to most dairy animals, resulting in compromised Rumen health and, therefore, an inferior product. Since most farmers are understandably not very open to their customers criticizing what they feed to their own animals, they quickly realized to have the food they desired and needed, they’d have to raise it themselves.

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