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We have a couple of dairy goats and several more meat goats.  Compared to cows, goats are much, much easier to handle, including their manure.  It comes out as little pellets and I often just use those sprinkled in the garden, cow patties are wet and stinky and large.     Electric fencing is the way to go with goats.  Most other fencing can be dangerous to goats because of their curiosity, especially barbed wire which can rip their udders.  I would check out the...
  Here is a summary of how we cure and smoke our pastured pork bellies.  The detailed information is found in Basic Butchering Butchering of Livestock and Game by John J. Mettler.   Create a wet brine solution by mixing 8 pounds salt, 2 pounds sugar and a teaspoon of Cure #1 (yes, we use a tiny bit of sodium nitrite, but it prevents us from worrying about botulism).  Use 5 gallons of hot water to dissolve the above ingredients and let cool.  Cut pork belly into...
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