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Challenges facing women livestock farmers

When it comes to small-scale produce farming, we’ve got a pretty good idea of the challenges involved; we grew produce for market ourselves for 13 years. (&, truth be told, still grow as if we’re growing for market, although we’re not) But our small flock of backyard chickens gave us no insights at all into the many challenges facing women livestock farmers. Statistics gave us a hint, though: there’s a connection between raising livestock and getting hurt. We decided to investigate, so with the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we spent about eight months surveying & interviewing women livestock farmers from across the country.

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