A solid trade for Aberdeen Angus bulls and females was reported at Stirling on Monday (21 October), with the headlines taken by the total dispersal of the Liley herd. Angus prices peaked at 16,000gns for the Yorkshire-based herd of Ben Marsden, Penistone, Sheffield, which dispersed seeing four cow and calf outfits level at £4,095 and […]
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When getting into livestock farming there are countless things to consider before you hop into production. There are different kinds of livestock you can raise, which are hens, rabbits, cows, ducks, lamb, goats, swine or horses, and are all cared for in different ways.
To be successful in animal 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.
– 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 livestock 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 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 that large you may consider raising birds but if you have large land you can keep, cows, lamb and other large animals.
Also determine the sort of operation you want. If you want to raise cattle determine if you wish to raise cattle for meat or cattle for milk or if you wish to raise laying chickens and meat hens. 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 different 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 animals, certain breeds will produce better than other breeds.
– Your Resources
Ask yourself if you have enough resources to get started on your project? Are your finances okay 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.