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Episode 6 S1-6

Animal Husbandry


Special Guest:

Day After Disaster Ch 6

James E. Hart

In the Day After Disaster Adventure, Erika explores the barn that Henry and Carol own and discover that they have quite the supply of livestock. She is officially introduced to Henry and he tests her spirit. Today, James E. Hart, preparedness author and a man with an incredible amount of survival knowledge is here to discuss long term survival animal husbandry considerations.

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The Top Three Threats to Your Animals

  • Human scavengers

  • Other animals

  • Disease – possible remedies = fish antibiotics, getting friendly with your doctor so you could start storing extra doses of common medications, using traditional herbal remedies. All three of these solutions will require research into the proper dosage amount and suggested treatment.

Free Range Livestock Considerations:

  • Free range chickens will lay less eggs and you will have to find them.

  • Cows won’t produce milk if they are not being well fed.

  • Your cow should be a milk and meat cow.

Feed Solutions for Long-Term Survival:

  • Keeping your animals well fed will be the biggest challenge.

  • Scraps from the kitchen can bolster the feed supply.

  • Hogs can eat scraps from animal butchery & they will eat each other including the babies (keep babies separate from other hogs)

  • Pasture rotation will be of the utmost importance. Different animals will eat different things.

  • Raise your own grain crops – corn, wheat, oats, barley, etc. Start planting your pastures with non GMO seeds now and they will reseed themselves making your pastures rich with grains for your livestock to eat.

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Day After Disaster Ch 6

James E. Hart

A veteran of 2 tours of duty in Viet Nam, James began his survival training at the age of 7 when he was stranded in the Mojave Desert for 7 hours without food or water during a family move in 1954. Since then he has been through the scouting program where he attained Life scout, served as Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Venture Adviser, and earned the Badden Powell Award. An avid outdoors man, he has winter camped in Utah and northern Quebec, Canada, snowshoed in upstate New York, Utah and Quebec, and camped in the Mojave Desert of California, the Uintah Mountains of Utah, and the Piney Woods of East Texas, among numerous other locations. James has traveled and been through 42 of the 50 states of the US. Three provinces of Canada, sailed the Pacific Ocean, and crossed the Equator and 35 countries from jungles of South America to the Himalayas of Nepal. Having earned an Associates of Photography Degree from Houston Community College, he has beautifully captured many of his travels with his camera.


Now retired from a career with the Trinity River Authority of Texas, James resides in Dallas, TX, where he lectures on Wilderness and Survival Training. He is the author of SWET Survival & Wilderness Experience Training, Urban & Wilderness Emergency Planning, 35 other booklets on wilderness training, monthly articles for Survival Life Magazine, and a column and articles for The Garland Messenger Newspaper. James also does workshops and speaking engagements.

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