Strengthening demand for ewes with lambs at foot has lifted trade over the past two-to-three weeks at auction marts, allowing prices to reflect record-breaking prime lamb values. Lack of grass in March and April subdued demand but keen bidding is now being reported as weather improves and farms look to replenish breeding females lost during a terrible lambing. Older sheep made £55-£65 a life at Skipton last week (Monday 23) after increasing grass cover had helped lift … Read More
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When getting into livestock farming there are a great number of things to consider before you leap into production. There are different types of livestock you can raise, which are chickens, rabbits, cows, ducks, lamb, goats, pigs or mounts, and are all cared for in a different way.
To become successful in livestock 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 is successful.
– Your Goals
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 provide 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 income? Either way establishing goals is no doubt important before you pursue your project.
After you have made your decision on what type of livestock you want to raise, consider the land in which you are going to raise the livestock. Consider the size of your land, the laws regarding farming livestock and property zoning. If your land is not that large you may consider raising chickens or ducks but if you have large land you can raise, cattle, lamb and other large animals.
You should also determine the sort of operation you desire. If you want to manage cattle determine if you need to raise cattle for meat or cattle for milk or if you need to raise laying chickens and meat birds. 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 different types of livestock. For example if you wish 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
Do you have enough resources to get started on your project? Will you have enough finances to invest in livestock farming? Do you have the equipment and facilities? Bringing up livestock requires that you have enough resources and are prepared to make investments of some money.