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Witsec7

Heifer Intl. is going to be featured

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Witsec7

on All Things Considered, coming up next on OPB and possibly your local NPR station. Check local listings.

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doggie

Pigs would be a better choice. they take less room are cheaper to feed and care for and grow faster.

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Witsec7

Pigs are good in some areas, but in an arid area where there is browse, a goat would work. Internationally, not ever culture accepts swine as an acceptable food source or livestock of value.

What was highlighted was a technique called the 'big push'. Giving a goat or a heifer isn't the end, after all you want to take the poverty pressure off and not have the folks slaughter the animal for food. So using this technique groups like Heifer, teach folks how to budget, provide care, breed and project profits and expenses. They are taught how to economically sustain a breeding program so that they can gift animals to others to renew and continue the process. There was also anecdotal evidence presented that kids like the idea of giving animals and one girl who had a goat donated in her name at age 7 went on to raise $20k for Heifer when she was 14. How cool is that?

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Alecto

Also, not all the animals are for food. The heifers and goats are used for milk. Some goats, rabbits ect are used for their hair to produce fiber craft.

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