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Goats bring happiness to the homestead, and most people know little about them. Goats can be raised for meat, milk or companionship. Before you go to the market and get yourself a goat, think of the reasons you want to keep one or even a flock of them. Would you want to have them for milk, for meat, or do you want them for companionship and entertainment? The decision you make enables you to make the right choice of the type of goat to keep.

Goats require a lot of commitment. You have to feed them, take care of their health and also make sure they are happy all the time. The other critical information on keeping goats is the amount of space you need. The area should be big where they will browse, range and get enough exercise. Make sure they have a shelter where they can rest and shelter from the rain. You must also know that goats are smart creatures and don’t like to be in a closed place. If given a slight chance, they will break from their enclosure and explore your neighborhood. Make sure your fence is tight and secure, made explicitly for goats.


The most important benefit of a goat in your homestead is the production of milk. Goat’s milk is surprisingly creamy, sweet and easily digested as compared to cow milk, making it perfect for a family with kids. Some goat breeds produce a gallon of milk per day or more perfect for a small family in the homestead.

Meat production is another added advantage of raising goats in your homestead. Traditionally, goat meat is recognized as a good alternative for red meat.

Goats can be valuable for clearing land. Goats are considered to be browsers and not grazers as compared to cows. Most of the times goats are picky about what they eat; hence their tastes will allow them to eat and in the process clear land.

They are companion animals. You can enjoy your goats as pets. They are friendly, funny and most exciting animals to have.


Goats do not give as much milk as cows can give due to their size. If you have a big family, it will force you to have more goats to increase the volume of milk that you would have gotten from one cow.

You must have a secure housing, pen or more room because goats are very smart. Sometimes it can prove a significant task in keeping them where you want them to be as they will jump, climb, or even sneak out from where you hold them to the other side of the fence to explore the other side of the wall.

Keeping male goats can be troublesome. They are always ornery, and most people don’t keep them on their farms or homesteads, they will only rent them when needed, making it an added cost.
Will you have goats as the next pets in your homestead? Let us know!

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6 DIY Ideas to Repurpose Your Old T-shirt Collection

Many people find themselves accumulating way too many T-shirts from an assortment of college clubs, corporate team-building workshops, 5K races, and just your everyday lifestyle on the farm. Rather than let these T-shirts take up place in your dresser, why not put them to good use? Here are six DIY ideas to breathe new life into your T-shirt collection.

Reusable Shopping Bags

Go green with your old T-shirts by making reusable shopping bags. Simply sew the bottom hem shut, cut off the sleeves, and add a sturdy strip of fabric through the armholes to make a shoulder strap. Voila! You have made your very own reusable shopping bag.

T-shirt Tote Bag

Rag Rugs

If you have a pile of 20 or more T-shirts to burn through, this is a terrific winter project that will freshen up your home. Cut the t shirts into thin strips, stretch, and make braids. Feel free to play around with color combinations. Then, coil your braids and sew as you go. Another method is to crochet the fabric strips using a wide-gauge crochet hook.

Make a Braided T-shirt Rug

Braided Headbands

Make a stylish headband to keep your hair out of your face when you hid the gym. Braid fabric strips to get a soft, stretchy and stylish custom-made headband. Add buttons or bows to create a cute detail.

DIY headbands how-to

Tailor for a Better Fit

Maybe you have one special shirt that you actually like… or you would, were it not for the boxy cut. Why not tailor your T-shirt to fit better? For this project, find a shirt that fits you well. Lay it flat on top of your T-shirt (inside out) and trace the side-seams with a pen. Cut along the lines, re-sew. You have just made a cute, girly T-shirt! T-shirts can also easily be converted to flirty tank tops.

A Better Fitting T-shirt

T-shirt Quilt

Quilting is a wonderful folk art that repurposes fabric scraps into beautiful, cozy blankets. This is a great project for someone who would like to savor the memories associated with their fun T-shirts that you just can’t let go of.

Quick and Easy T-Shirt Quilt


Why purchase expensive cleaning cloths and paper towels? Plain cotton fabric works just as well, and if you use old T-shirts for cotton rags, you won’t have to pay a cent. Cut up old, torn and stained T-shirts into rags for household cleaning.

4 Rags From 1 Shirt

T-shirts provide excellent material for crafts and DIY projects. If you don’t have enough T-shirts of your own but you’d like to try one of these projects, try hitting up a local secondhand store where T-shirts can usually be purchased for only a few dollars. Have fun!

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