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About Best Farm Animals

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Welcome to BestFarmAnimals!

If you have owned farm animals for years or are just starting on your homesteading journey, BestFarmAnimals is your destination.

We are a team of homesteaders, vets, professional animal trainers, and professional researchers.  

We are passionate about farm animals. We own horses, donkeys, chickens, ducks, pigs, alpacas, cows and other animals! Collectively, we have 100+ years of experience. Best Farm Animals is the ultimate resource for learning everything you need to know about your farm animals.

Please follow us on YouTube or Instagram to learn more about farm animals. You can also join our Facebook Group if you’d like to connect with us. We are excited to have recently started this so the community can ask questions and show off their farm animals! 

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Join our private Facebook Page, watch our helpful Youtube Videos, or check out our artwork on Instagram. You’ll get lots of helpful tips and tricks, see us behind the scenes, and can share your favorite photos and facts.

Meet the Contributors to This Site

Talithia van Niekerk

Hi, I’m Talitha van Niekerk, and I made the leap to farm animal ownership when I decided to fulfill my lifelong passion to own horses.

Now, over a decade later, I run a public stable facility on 180 acres of land, caring for over 75 horses of all breeds and sizes. I love to write about my experiences, share the knowledge I have gained and help others achieve their life’s passion to live on the land.

You can check out my Author page here to read my articles.

Talitha Van Niekerk Author

Talithia’s Awards and Recognition

  • Homesteader who trains horses win lots of awards
  • Expert about all things horses!

Nicky Hoseck

Nicky Hosek, Author with her horse

I’ve been around horses since the age of six and, 15 years ago, I leapt at the chance to leave behind my London-based career in journalism and start life on a small holding in South Africa.

Sharing my experiences with horses, goats, and other farm animals allows me to flex my writing skills and help others find their way to a happy, healthy herd.

You can check out my articles on my Author Page

Nicky’s Experience and Accomplishments

  • Helped thousands of people better care for their farm animals
  • Consultant, guide, and an awesome guru when it comes to horses

MacKayla Townsend

I am a tea-fueled freelance writer, homesteader, and equestrian living in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, where I’ve devoted 8+ years to raising and rescuing horses, goats, poultry, sheep, peafowl, and rabbits.

I love helping others on their homesteading journey to give their animals wonderful, healthy lives. When I’m not writing, I can often be found training my horses in liberty, creating unique flower jellies, and relishing country life with a cup of tea in hand.

You can check out my Author page here to read my articles.

MacKayla’s Awards and Recognition

  • Homesteader who trains horses win lots of awards
  • Expert about all things horses!

MaryZoe Bowden

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Dr. MaryZoe Bowden has taught something in every grade level from pre-K through 12th grade at the same independent school where she worked for over 20 years, and she has served as an adjunct professor at the college level. Although she is primarily an English teacher, she initiated a chicken program at her school and could be seen carrying baby goats in a bucket into her classroom for weeks at a time.

MaryZoe believes we are called to help others recognize and actualize their dignity, charity, and obligation to fill the world with beauty and joy. It is easy to see why she loves teaching, writing, and all living things. MaryZoe and her husband Bill have six adult children, two of whom have young children and live close by, one of whom is a nun in Spain, and the rest of whom they are gently prodding towards marriage in hopes of additional grandchildren.

Some years ago she and Bill created a small hobby farm as a petting zoo for their future grandchildren. Her two granddaughters can now be found outside with MaryZoe tending to her fruit trees, watering her garden, or bottle-feeding one of their baby goats. At the moment, the grandchild count is 2.75 (one due soon), and the critter count is 2 cats, 2 dogs, 6 goats, and 50+ chickens. She’s hopeful her grandkid count will one day catch up!

You can check out my articles on my Author Page

Annemaria Duran

IHi, I’m Annemaria Duran. I moved out to the country seven years ago to have more land. I love all aspects of country living. From my big garden (and greenhouses we built) to the animals that teach my kids responsibility.

First, we got chickens, then ducks. Now we also have a turkey, sheep, goats, and rabbits. I’m always learning and love sharing it!

You can check out my Author page here to read my articles.

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Cesar Duran

I own a homestead with my wife and kiddos. I enjoy caring for our goats with my 14-year-old daughter, feeding our chickens with my 11-year-old, and fixing goat fences with my 8-year-old son. We have lots of various farm animals all of which my family love.

You can check out my articles on my Author Page

Gail Strock

As a correspondent for Lancaster Farming for 12 years, Gail covered many stories about farm families, animals, and events. She has since been published in several Chicken Soup for the Soul books and regional magazines and edited for Penn State. She now writes and edits for clients in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. To view her résumé, visit Linkedin.com/in/gstrock. You can read my articles here.