The Best Cattle for SHTF

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Corriente Cattle for SHTF

In the recent years, I have done a ton of research on the best cattle for shtf. I have a couple of priorities that stick out the most when choosing these breeds. They must be cattle that are optimal for tough living conditions, and that means cows that can make it on their own without needing feed, perfect weather, and premier grass to eat. In my mind, the best cow is the one that requires the least maintenance, is the cheapest to raise, and tastes the best. Now personally I like leaner meat and I believe most cows have way too much fat and I prefer the leaner cuts. So when picking the cows, I wanted to make sure they were not only hardy, but also need to be a lean meat that was really tasty.

There are several breeds to choose from that fit the bill for a long term SHTF scenario and the three top cows I came up for the best cattle for shtf included: The Scottish Highlander, Texas Longhorns, and Corriente’s. These cows are known to be the toughest of all the American breeds and for very good reason. For centuries they have been bred to survive in tough conditions with very little maintenance. They require very little to no feed, other than for training them and moving them where you want.

The Corriente’s are a small framed cow that is very light and agile, that has imposing horns, and are usually very quick on their hoofs. They are the number one breed for roping cows in rodeo’s in the south, because they are such an athletic breed. They also can be quite ornery from reports I have read, so they are the least easy to work with of all the breeds mentioned. This is my least favorite breed of the three even though they are great cows with really lean meat. Very good hot weather breed and shouldn’t be overlooked. These are typically the cheapest of the breeds so you could find some really good deals. But make sure you have a good fence, these can be tougher to keep in than other breeds.

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Texas Longhorn Cattle for SHTF

The Texas longhorn is well known for its huge horns and ability to live on really tough land down here in the south. They are a taller breed, with large horns, and tend to be very good cattle. Even though they have imposing horns, many longhorns are known to be quite easy to work with. Very good in hot weather as well. If little shade is available, then this would be my number one pick. In fact, SIGMA has plans to purchase some longhorns as well in the future.
The Scottish Highlander is less well known breed in the US because no to many ranchers use them. But from all my research these are just about the toughest cows you can get. They can live on just about anything and in any weather conditions. They do amazing in cold weather staying in down to -50 degree temps with very little shelter. They also do okay in the heat because they shed their shaggy hair as temp increase. And they grow it back for the cold winters. Because of this shaggy coat, they have to produce less fat to stay warm and this breed produces a very lean meat. This is the preferred meat of choice from the Queen of England, as she has this meat flown in specifically for dinners. It truly is one of the best tasting breeds available. They also have almost no issues with calving due to their frame size and the length of their legs. And don’t let the long hair run you off on the breed, it protects them from flys and bugs better than the other breeds. Plus they tend to not have any of the health issues that most breeds encounter.

Scottish Highlanders require very little work as long as they have enough to eat. And they can live on just about any kind of land. They really love the woods and will clean up brush like no other breed can. Since they are lower to the ground then most cows, they do really well in thick brush. I’ve seen these cows move through brush faster than a deer can and with their big horns they tend to create well worn paths through it. So if you need a cattle breed that will clean up your land or live on just about any pasture imaginable, then I think Scottish highland cows are your best best. Now if you live in very dry and hot regions, I would go with the Texas Longhorn. But all other areas in the US, the Highlander would be my first choice. We raise them here at the SIGMA 3 farm and have been very impressed with the usefulness of the breed. They can also be used as work oxen as well. The breed is extremely docile and works great with people. Just make sure you have a good fence for them, because they will go through fences that aren’t in good condition, especially when they get spooked or stressed. But once they are trained to take feed and come to you, then you won’t have any problems with that. So when you get them, make sure you really get them to warm up to you. Bring them treats and food and they will follow you anywhere.

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The Scottish Highlander. Survival Cow Winner!

All in all, I like all 3 breeds but Scottish Highlander is definitely my top choice for the best cattle for shtf, with Texas Longhorn coming in a close second. So for the SIGMA 3 farms we are going to start with the Highlanders and then eventually also purchase some longhorns as well to cross breed to the two for our area. To get the best of both worlds for heat and being able to live in tough conditions. There is a cow breed for almost any situation you are looking for so do some research on these cows and figure out what works best for your area. Don’t rush it and buy the cattle when prices are down and demand is low for beef. That way you ensure you don’t spend to much on the cow and you can use that extra money for the things your cattle will need.

Homesteading Tips- How to Make Your Own Dog Food

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Making homemade dog food is so simple that your gonna slap yourself on the head, and say “why didn’t I think of that”. All you do is keep your leftover food from dinners, the trap line, and any other way that you have extra meat scrapes, rice, or vegetable leftovers. You blend them up and feed em to your pups! Now remember that there a lot of foods you don’t want to put in your dog’s food, and Almeda will explain those to you in the video below. Most dog foods bought from store don’t contain all the essential nutrients that your dogs need so we as responsible owners should do something to supplement their needs. In the dog food production industry, the factories will heavily boil all the protein and it will destroy the essential enzymes your dog needs. That is one of the many reasons that making your dog some supplemental food is so important. Corporate America isn’t going to look out for your pups, so you’re going to have to do that by getting educated on what your animal needs. And since most people have an excess of scraps from their kitchen that they are just going to throw out anyway, it’s a no brainer and a perfect answer to our dog’s needs.
Permaculture is the idea of permanent culture, to use the available resources that you have around you in abundance to meet all your sustainable living needs. Here at SIGMA 3, we are growing our company in a much greener way than many other corporations. We believe that it is important to leave less of a footprint here on earth so that we have less impact on the surrounding ecosytems. Not to get all bush hippy on you guys, but we all have to start changing our ways and learn to live in harmony with the land. Homesteading and permaculture is the future of a sustainable world and we need to all get educated on it. We have to use what we have and create very little waste. Creating closed loop systems is the key to securing a sustainable future for everyone. Essentially we should mimic nature and leave nothing to waste. And by using existing systems nature has created for us, we can lessen our work load and do more for the environment.
It is amazing to see some of the recent technology has been created through Bio Mimicry technology. Please google it and look at some of the amazing technological feats that have been accomplished from sampling learning techniques from nature. What the modern world is just now starting to figure out, is that nature already had the answers figured out long ago and all that we need is to have awareness of our surroundings. We must be aware of how everything works in nature and learn how those sustainable systems have been created, and then try to mimic it.
Creating your own home made dog food can be one way of helping your animals health and using permaculture to make an impact on your footprint. This may sound dramatic, but every little bit helps! So hopefully you will enjoy this video and start using your leftover scraps for your dog’s greater health. Tune in for more blogs to come on all kinds of topics to cover: permaculture, survival skills, upcoming school news, and much more! If you have an interest in learning these skills to improve your life, make sure to check out our instructor programs so that you can immerse yourself into these skills. Thanks again for your support. Please share this video and article with others!

 

America Unplugged

SIGMA 3 on new show “America Unplugged”

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Well we wrapped up another TV shoot with another awesome organization, the Sportsman Channel. SIGMA 3 was recently featured in the new show called “America Unplugged” hosted by Cade Courtley. The show is about preppers and survivalists that are on the path to getting off the grid and it’s a well done documentary about our lifestyle here at SIGMA 3. The show focuses on our efforts to build a self reliant homestead. Each new episode will feature a new family or group of Off Grid Survivalists. If you hated Doomsday Preppers because of the Tin Foil crazies, then you will definitely like this well thought out documentary that skips the sensationalism and gets right to the heart of how important self reliance is to everyone. We did the shoot prior to the build out of many of our homestead projects and it was in the middle of winter, so the episode doesn’t display all the awesome progress we have made on the garden and survival camp. But it was still a great episode on the philosophy of self reliance and the necessity to unplug from the grid!
We have been in the process of building out several homestead projects over the last year and we are still in the beginning phases of building a permaculture based farming setup. Our goal is to reduce our waste to as little as possible, grow most of our food needs, supply our own electricity via solar, raise various types of cattle, and become as self reliant as we possibly can. We aren’t just about wilderness and urban survival, but also homesteading and permaculture based skills as well. DSC_0897

We are currently still building our the Urban Farming model here at the homestead. Our idea is to create an urban design that almost anyone can incorporate if they have even a small amount of space. We are going to show all the various urban gardening techniques, so that people can pick and choose what they need for their place. This project should be completed by the end of 2014 and we will keep blogging our updates so stay tuned for future projects.

The show also covers some our wilderness survival training and it outlines how important it is to not over emphasize your gear based preparations, and instead train your mind to create everything you need from minimal resources. It encompasses our philosophy of walking off onto the land with nothing but a knife and surviving indefinitely! Please check out this episode and share it in other survival forums so that we can spread the word about Self Reliance. These old school skills are the key to our future and lets share these truths with as many people as we can. So stop sitting on the sidelines and get active in pushing these skills to your friends. Because there might come a day when you are going to depend on these same people for your life and you want them to have the best training and education they can get. Whether it’s through SIGMA 3, home training, or some other organization; make sure you get prepared today by doing some training!

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Thanks,
Rob Allen
President
SIGMA 3 Survival School