Saturday’s (6 January) North West Texel Breeders Club Sale at Beeston saw rampant demand for both in-lamb females and empty ewe lambs from a packed ringside. Taking the day’s top price of 4,100gns was the pre-sale champion, a gimmer from Spiros Spyrou’s Gib Farm flock. This Hexel Wildcard daughter is out of a dam by Deveronvale Superb and sold carrying twins to Eden Valley Al. She sold to Graham Morrison for the Deveronvale flock. Second best at 3,400gns was a [… Read More
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When getting into animals farming there are countless things to consider before you bounce into production. There are different types of livestock you can keep, which are hens, rabbits, cattle, ducks, lamb, goats, swine or horses, and are all cared for in different ways.
To become successful in livestock farming you need to know your options, goals and resources. Understanding what you want to accomplish will help you in shaping up your farm so that it can be successful.
So why do you want to get into livestock 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 perhaps you want to produce your own livestock products and sell them for extra money? Either way establishing goals is incredibly important before you pursue your dream.
After you have made your decision on what type of livestock you want to raise, consider the land in which you are going to manage 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 birds but if you have large land you can keep, cows, lamb and other large animals.
Also determine the sort of procedure you want. If you want to raise cattle determine if you wish to raise cows for meat or cows for milk or if you need to raise laying chickens and meat hens. For milk production 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 different types of livestock. For example if you need to raise beef production cows that graze on pasture the cows 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 commit some money.