Commercial buyers underpinned Limousin trade at Stirling on Monday (6 February), leading to a high of 12,000gns and one of the highest clearance rates seen at Stirling for some years. Averages were well up on the year by more than £500 to £5,102 for the 62 bulls sold, with a clearance rate of 91%. Leading the sale at 12,000gns was Goldies Lordoftherings from the prolific Goldies herd of Bruce Goldie, Townfoot Farm, Mouswald, Dumfries. This June 2015-born bull had earlier […]
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When getting into animals farming there are countless things to consider before you hop into production. There are different kinds of livestock you can raise, which are chickens, rabbits, cows, ducks, lamb, goats, swine or mounts, and are all cared for in a different way.
To be successful in animal farming you need to know your options, goals and resources. Being aware of what you want to accomplish will help you in shaping up your farm so that it can be successful.
And so why do you want to get into animal farming? It’s very essential that you identify and evaluate what your goals are.
Do you want to raise livestock because you want to supply your family with healthy food? You may just want to raise animals to manage forage? Or else you want to produce your own livestock products and sell them for extra money? Either way placing goals is incredibly important before you pursue your dream.
After you have made your decision on what type of animals you want to raise, consider the land in which you are going to farm the livestock. Consider the size of your land, the laws regarding raising livestock and property zoning. If your land is not very big you may consider raising chickens or ducks but if you have large land you can raise, cows, lamb and other large livestock.
You should also determine the sort of operation you desire. If you want to farm cows determine if you need to raise cows for meat or cattle for milk or if you need to raise laying chickens and meat chickens. For milk creation you can choose between goat milk, sheep milk or cow milk. You can just raise all of them.
The type of breed is also important so make certain you get knowledge of the several types of livestock. For example if you wish to keep beef production cows that graze on pasture the cattle that strives well on pasture is the Belted Galloway. This goes for the other animals, certain breeds will produce better than other breeds.
– Your Resources
Ask yourself if you have enough resources to start out your project? Are your finances okay to invest in livestock farming? Do you have the equipment and facilities? Setting up livestock requires that you have enough resources and are prepared to make investments of some money.