This year we will be a craft vendor at the Strawberry Festival in Sandy Spring, MD, which supports the Sandy Spring Museum. The festival is June 1 and 2, and boy oh boy, does it have everything! Live performances throughout each day, plenty of delicious food and drink, and more activities than you can shake a stick at (more than you can shake a strawberry at?). And, of course, a wonderful variety of local craftsfolk and artisans offering unique creations for purchase. It’s the perfe… Read More
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When getting into livestock farming there are countless things to consider before you hop into production. There are various types of livestock you can raise, which are hens, rabbits, cattle, ducks, lamb, goats, swine or mounts, and are all cared for in different ways.
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 can be successful.
And 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 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 very big you may consider raising birds but if you have large land you can raise, cows, lamb and other large livestock.
Also determine the sort of operation you want. If you want to raise cows determine if you need to raise cows for meat or cattle for milk or if you wish to raise laying chickens and meat hens. For milk production 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 need to raise beef production 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
Ask yourself if you have enough resources to start out your project? Are your finances okay 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 spend some money.