To our ancestors, instead of going to the supermarket for their protein to keep the kindred heathy and well fed, it had to be hunted down in the wild, which wasn’t always a successful outcome, plus it required a lot of time and energy to hunt.
Fast forward a few thousand years and our predecessors learned the art of keeping animals domesticated; enabling the meat, cheese and eggs we require to be as easily accessible as going into the back meadow, pastures, or coop, to bring home the daily bacon, beef, or chicken!
Animal husbandry is defined as: the management and care of farm animals by humans, in which genetic qualities and behavior, considered to be advantageous to humans, are further developed. The term can refer to the practice of selectively breeding and raising livestock to promote desirable traits in animals for utility, sport, pleasure, or research. Animal Husbandry has advanced in some ways, but it is still done much in the same ways as it was a thousand years ago.
Finally, raising your own animals with quality care, attention, and love, gives both the animals and the owner a heathy, holistic, symbiotic relationship. The Farmer who is proficient in his Animal husbandry skills, sees that his animals are living out their life in a well tended too, happy, peaceful, way; and when the day comes for the animals life to be sacrificed, it is done in an honorable, merciful and revered way. This gives all involved a sacred role as they take their places the necessary and ongoing wheel of life.