Lamb prices have climbed since Christmas to start the week at 211.3p/kg (6 January). Great Britain’s standard quality quotation (SQQ) is 30p/kg higher than early November and up 50p/kg on late September. Analysts attribute the lift to strong demand for a smaller UK lamb crop, as New Zealand diverts its tight supplies of lambs to […]
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When getting into livestock farming there are countless things to consider before you leap into production. There are various types of livestock you can keep, which are chickens, 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. 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 else you want to produce your own livestock products and sell them for extra cash? Either way placing goals is incredibly 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 keeping livestock and property zoning. If your land is not that large you may consider raising birds but if you have large land you can raise, cattle, lamb and other large livestock.
Also determine the sort of operation you desire. 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 chickens. 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 raise 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 get started on your project? Are your finances okay to invest in livestock farming? Do you have the equipment and facilities? Rearing livestock requires that you have enough resources and are prepared to spend some money.