This week I was invited to join the Farm Traveler podcast for a brief discussion on impacts of COVID-19 on the beef industry. I’ve spent much of the past 8 weeks reading everything I can on the impacts to our industry and trying to keep up with the questions coming from farmers, ranchers and beef […]
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When getting into livestock farming there are countless things to consider before you leap into production. There are various kinds of livestock you can raise, which are chickens, rabbits, cattle, ducks, lamb, goats, pigs or mounts, 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
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 perhaps you want to produce your own livestock products and sell them for extra cash? Either way establishing goals is incredibly important before you pursue your dream.
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 small you may consider raising chickens or ducks but if you have large land you can keep, cattle, lamb and other large animals.
Also determine the sort of operation you want. If you want to manage cows determine if you need to raise cattle for meat or cattle for milk or if you wish 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 keep meat cattle that graze on pasture the cattle that strives well on pasture is the Belted Galloway. This goes for the other livestock, certain breeds will produce better than other breeds.
– Your Resources
Do 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 commit some money.