I’m Debbie Lyons-Blythe. I am a cattle rancher in central Kansas, in the
heart of the Flint Hills. My husband and I both grew up raising
cattle. It is an excellent way of life, not just a way to make a living!
We have been married for more than 29 years, and have five kids: Meghan, age 27;
Allie, age 25; Trent, age
24; and Tyler and Eric, age 22 (yes, they
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When getting into animals farming there are countless things to consider before you hop into production. There are various kinds of livestock you can raise, which are hens, rabbits, cows, ducks, lamb, goats, swine or mounts, and are all cared for in a different way.
To be successful in livestock farming you need to know your options, goals and resources. Learning what you want to accomplish will help you in shaping up your farm so that it is successful.
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 money? Either way placing goals is incredibly important before you pursue your project.
After you have made your decision on what type of animals 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 keeping 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 keep, cows, lamb and other large animals.
Also determine the sort of operation you desire. If you want to raise cows determine if you wish to raise cows for meat or cattle for milk or if you need to raise laying chickens and meat hens. For milk creation you can pick 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 need to keep beef production cattle that graze on pasture the cattle that strives well on pasture is the Belted Galloway. This goes for the other livestock, certain breeds will produce better than other breeds.
– Your Resources
Ask yourself if you have enough resources to start out your project? Will you have enough finances to invest in livestock farming? Do you have the equipment and facilities? Rearing livestock requires that you have enough resources and are prepared to make investments of some money.