Okay, okay, yes I know I’m a rancher, so before you ask why I was on the tour with a group of bloggers, I want to remind you that I am a cattle rancher–not a vegetable farmer, or a dairy farmer or a hog farmer. I do NOT know all there is to know about agriculture and I admit, before the tour, I had never been to most of the places we visited.
And, even though I haven’t been the most … Read More
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When getting into animals farming there are countless things to consider before you bounce into production. There are various kinds of livestock you can keep, which are hens, rabbits, cows, ducks, lamb, goats, swine or mounts, and are all cared for in a different way.
To become successful in animal 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.
– Your Goals
And 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 cash? Either way establishing goals is no doubt 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 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 keep, cattle, lamb and other large animals.
Also determine the sort of operation you desire. If you want to manage cattle determine if you wish to raise cows for meat or cattle for milk or if you wish to raise laying chickens and meat birds. 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 different types of livestock. For example if you wish to keep meat cows 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? Bringing up livestock requires that you have enough resources and are prepared to commit some money.