Feed and pig values have both moved in the wrong direction since the summer to pile pressure on pig farmers, with latest SPP (standard pig price) quotations at 137.5p/kg. This leaves the SPP 10p/kg or more back on last year’s July highs and 5-6p/kg back on the year. Meanwhile, feed prices have been sent skywards […]
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When getting into animals farming there are a great number of things to consider before you leap into production. There are various types of livestock you can raise, which are hens, rabbits, cows, ducks, lamb, goats, swine or mounts, and are all cared for in different ways.
To become 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 can be 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 supply 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 money? Either way placing goals is incredibly important before you pursue your dream.
After you have made your decision on what type of animals you want to raise, consider the land in which you are going to farm the livestock. Consider the size of your land, the laws regarding raising livestock and property zoning. If your land is small you may consider raising chickens or ducks but if you have large land you can keep, cows, lamb and other large livestock.
Also determine the sort of operation you want. If you want to raise cattle determine if you need to raise cattle for meat or cows for milk or if you wish to raise laying chickens and meat birds. For milk production 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 wish to keep meat 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? Will you have enough finances 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.