It is impossible to describe how exciting it is that Joel Salatin is coming to do two workshops on our farm early next year. He is the reason that I am farming. I have already started practicing deep breathing so that I can be calm around him.
You can take your pick from any of these links to get an insight into what he practices (which is what he preaches). The Joe Rogan interview is the most recent and wide ranging discussion with Joel.
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When getting into livestock farming there are countless things to consider before you hop into production. There are different types of livestock you can keep, 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 is successful.
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 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 project.
After you have made your decision on what type of animals 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.
You should also determine the sort of procedure you want. If you want to farm cows 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 several types of livestock. For example if you need to keep beef production 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 start out your project? Will you have enough finances 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.