If you’ve spent any time laying out your long-term survival plan, chances are part of it includes raising livestock. Off the grid living requires a steady supply of protein, and animals sources are really the only place to get it.
Unfortunately, a totally off-grid situation is going to keep you from taking advantage of modern livestock medicines, and that could spell disaster if your animals start getting sick. One bad illness can wipe out a whole herd of cows or flock of chickens, leaving you without the vital nutrients you need.
Having said that, every survivalist with livestock should know these powerful natural medicines for their animals.
Keep in mind though, no natural remedy is a substitute for professional veterinary care. You should never deny your animals the professional care they need unless it’s totally unavailable.
Tea Tree Oil for Cuts and Scrapes
This remedy is perfect for minor cuts and abrasions on all kinds of animals. It’s a natural antibacterial, and it prevents fungal growth too.
Plus, a little goes a long way. It’s a cost effective solution for a variety of issues involving damaged skin and tissue.
The only thing that’s important to remember about tea tree oil is that it shouldn’t be applied over large open wounds.
Blackberry Root for Diarrhea
Loose stool in cattle can cause many problems for a homesteader. It can lead to e-coli poisoning in people working near animal waste, tainted meat, and severe dehydration in the afflicted cattle. Plus, it spreads quickly from animal to animal, so you want to stop it as quickly as possible.
One useful remedy to remember for diarrhea in livestock is blackberry root. It’s an astringent that safe for them to eat (usually as a tea poured over food), and it can firm up loose stool in the matter of hours.
Diatomaceous Earth for Parasites
Pharmaceutical parasite treatments are both expensive and inconvenient. However, one natural solution has become a faithful staple on thousands of homesteads. It’s called diatomaceous earth.
To put it simply, diatomaceous earth is like extremely fine powder of seashells and microscopic crustaceans. It works by getting into the systems of internal parasites and basically scraping them to death.
It’s harmless for the cattle, but it’s ruthless when it comes to parasites and worms.
What Do You Use?
Do you know of any other great natural livestock medicines that other survivalist homesteaders should know about? If so, tell us your thoughts in the comments.