We start our morning goat experiences in the farmhouse kitchen, with coffee and baked treats that include seasonal scones and breads. We’re always happy to accommodate dietary restrictions, and we have a few favorites in our rotations. Just let us know in advance, and we’ll make sure to have something delicious and vegan, or dairy-, gluten-, or nut-free. This dairy-free apple bread is our daughter Charlotte’s favorite. It’s sweet with apples and brightened up by orange juice—perfect … Read More
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When getting into animals farming there are a great number of things to consider before you bounce into production. There are different kinds of livestock you can keep, which are hens, rabbits, cattle, ducks, lamb, goats, swine or horses, and are all cared for in a different way.
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.
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 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 manage 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 keep, cows, lamb and other large livestock.
Also determine the sort of procedure you want. If you want to raise cattle determine if you need to raise cattle for meat or cattle for milk or if you need to raise laying chickens and meat birds. For milk creation 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 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
Do you have enough resources to get started on your project? Will you have enough finances to invest in livestock farming? Do you have the equipment and facilities? Rearing livestock requires that you have enough resources and are prepared to make investments of some money.