When getting into farming livestock there’s a number of things to consider before you jump into production. The different types of livestock you can raise are chickens, bunnies, cows, ducks, sheep, goats, domestic swine, or horses and are all maintained in a different way.
In order to be successful in raising livestock you must know your options, goals and resources. Understanding what you want to accomplish will allow you to in shaping up your livestock farm so that its successful.
– Your Desired goals
So why do you need to get into farming livestock? Its vital that you identify and evaluate what your goals are.
Do you want to raise livestock reason being you need to feed your family with healthy food? You might just want to farm livestock to control forage? Or perhaps you want to produce your own livestock products sell them for extra income? Either way knowing your goals are extremely important before you start on your venture.
After you have made your decision on what type of livestock you want to raise, consider the land in which you are likely to raise the animals. Consider the size of your land, the laws regarding raising livestock and property zoning. If your land is small you may consider raising chickens or ducks but if you have large land you may raise, cattle, sheep and other large animals.
Likewise determine the sort of procedure you want. If you need to farm cattle determine if you wish to farm cattle for meat or cows for milk or if you wish to raise laying chickens and meat chickens (broilers). For dairy production you may choose between goat milk, sheep milk or cattle milk. You may just raise all three of them.
The kind of breed is also vital so make sure of getting familiarity with the various species of livestock. For example if you need to raise beef cattle that graze on pasture the right type of cows that strives well on pasture is the Belted Galloway. This goes for the other livestock, certain breeds will produce better then other breeds.
– Your Resources
Do you have the required resources to get started on your project? Are you finances okay to invest in livestock farming? Do you have the equipment and facilities? Farming livestock needs that you have got enough resources and are ready to invest some money.
These are just basic points to know before you get into farming livestock. Raising livestock is quiet profitable when done right. So know your goals, know the livestock you wish to raise and be sure to care for the livestock.
Raising livestock on small farms in South Africa