When getting into farming livestock there are a lot of things to consider before you jump into production. The different kinds of livestock you may raise are chickens, rabbits, cows, ducks, sheep, goats, swines, or horses and are all maintained in a different way.
In order to be productive in livestock farming you must know your options, goals and resources. Knowing 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 wish to get into livestock farming? Its very important that you identify and evaluate what your goals are.
Do you want to farm livestock because you need to feed your family with healthy food? You may just want to raise 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 pursue your venture.
After you have made your decision on what kind of livestock you want to farm, consider the land in which you are going to raise the livestock. Consider the dimensions of your land, the laws regarding raising livestock and property zoning. If your land is small you must consider raising chickens or ducks but if you have large land you can raise, cattle, sheep and other large animals.
Likewise determine the sort of procedure you want. If you want to farm cattle determine if you wish to farm cattle for meat or cattle for milk or if you need to farm laying chickens and meat chickens (broilers). For dairy production you may choose between goat milk, sheep milk or cow milk. You can just raise all three of them.
The type of breed is also important so make sure of getting understanding of the different species of livestock. Such as if you wish to raise beef cows that graze on pasture the right type of cattle 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 start out on your task? Are you finances okay to invest in livestock farming? Do you have the equipment and facilities? Raising livestock requires that you have enough resources and are prepared to invest some money.
These are just basic factors to consider before you get into farming livestock. Livestock farming is very profitable when done right. So know your goals, be familiar with the livestock you want to raise and ensure you look after the livestock.
Raising livestock together in South Africa