In September, we were lucky enough to go to Peru! Well, Alex and the kids stayed home to take care of the farm. But my sister and I, as passionate alpaca breeders, got to go to Peru and experience alpacas in their native environment and learn about the long tradition of alpaca-based textiles there. Thanks, Alex and kids!
Today’s post will take a look at the incredible land alpacas call home and the alpacas themselves. A post next week will feature our visits to two differen… Read More
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When getting into livestock farming there are a great number of things to consider before you hop into production. There are different types of livestock you can keep, which are chickens, rabbits, cattle, ducks, lamb, goats, pigs or mounts, and are all cared for in different ways.
To become 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 is successful.
– Your Goals
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 provide your family with healthy food? You may just want to raise livestock to manage forage? Or perhaps 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 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 keeping livestock and property zoning. If your land is small 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 manage cows determine if you wish to raise cows for meat or cows for milk or if you need 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 several types of livestock. For example if you need to keep meat 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
Do 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 make investments of some money.