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Old 12-29-2005, 11:01 PM
Wayfare Wayfare is offline
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Default Help me pick an animal to give to the poor

I saw a great program on the BBC about how you could actually give a specific type of livestock with charity money instead of just giving it to a faceless organization:

http://www.heifer.org/site/c.edJRKQNiFiG/b.204586/

I want to give up to one big animal or the equivilent $ in small animals. I could give one llama, goat, sheep, or pig. Or, a combination of rabbits, chicken, ducks, or geese. What do you guys think is the best value for my livestock dollar?


Boring sappy explanation below if you want to know WHY I would give to charity.


The reason why I am doing this is to do something nice for people who are less well off simply by chance. Life seems about 90% arbitrary these days -- I was born here through no merit and they were born there through no fault. It's strange, but lately I have felt very blah about Christmas because (for me) it is essentially about giving meaningless things that I could buy anyway but I don't.

So, I am going to donate a sweet goat (or something) to make up for a bit of life's arbitrariness.
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:03 PM
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the reason I ask is that a llama, goat, sheep, and pig are all the same price. This seems fishy. I want some villager to get the best use out of my dollar, and the least % lopped off to pay for expenses.

DrPublo, a very smart guy, has said that sheep seems the most renewable. I am thinking maybe 2 flocks of chicks, geese, and ducks (which cost the same as one goat) might be better since it is diversified.

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Old 12-30-2005, 12:11 AM
Los Feliz Slim Los Feliz Slim is offline
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Default Re: Help me pick an animal to give to the poor

It seems clear that a heifer does the most good, but is pricey. I think for the less expensive options, the combo baskets with various chicks, rabbits, etc, are the way to go.

Every person reading these words has something to be thankful for, and I'm guessing many if not most of us had a lot of advantages served to us on silver platters. I commend you for giving back.
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Old 12-30-2005, 12:40 AM
DonCaspero DonCaspero is offline
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Rabbits breed like...well rabbits, so that will amount to a lot of food. Chicken lay eggs, more protein. A single pig eats a lot, but produces only [censored]. But it tastes so good.......!

A few fornicating rabbits, a couple of egg-laying chicks and a good fishing rod, you're pretty much set for life;-)
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Old 12-30-2005, 12:52 AM
Ray Zee Ray Zee is offline
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Default Re: Help me pick an animal to give to the poor

a poor person with some livestock skills would do best with a female goat carrying.

you get milk, cheese and they can eat, live without suplimental feeding. you can use their hair for yarn. they can travel with you on foot.
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Old 12-30-2005, 12:59 AM
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Well don't get them a panda. They will literally rip your face off.
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Old 12-30-2005, 01:07 AM
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Old 12-30-2005, 01:10 AM
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Ha I was waiting for this type of thing to start.

The reason I thought a sheep was most worthwhile is that they are hardy, have two or three lambs at a time, produce wool (obviously) and from what I hear are pretty easy to tend. And goats smell bad.

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Old 12-30-2005, 01:17 AM
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Ha I was waiting for this type of thing to start.

The reason I thought a sheep was most worthwhile is that they are hardy, have two or three lambs at a time, produce wool (obviously) and from what I hear are pretty easy to tend. And goats smell bad.

The Doc

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Not to mention mutton is awesome to eat!
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Old 12-30-2005, 01:19 AM
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The reason I thought a sheep was most worthwhile is that they are hardy, have two or three lambs at a time, produce wool (obviously) and from what I hear are pretty easy to tend. And goats smell bad.



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you are forgetting the obvious lamb chops too...mmm mmm mmmmmmmmmmmmm
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