Calf Health Management on Arrival – Producer Perspective
University of Nebraska
This video is part of the Calf Health Management on Arrival webinar series. John Schroeder, manager of Darr Feedlot near Cozad, NE, highlights some of their receiving protocols and feeding programs for calves on arrival.
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When getting into livestock farming there are a great number of things to consider before you hop into production. There are different kinds of livestock you can raise, which are chickens, rabbits, cattle, ducks, lamb, goats, pigs or mounts, and are all cared for in a different way.
To be successful in animal farming you need to know your options, goals and resources. Understanding 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 supply 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 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 chickens or ducks but if you have large land you can raise, cows, lamb and other large livestock.
You should also determine the sort of procedure you desire. If you want to manage cows determine if you wish to raise cows for meat or cows for milk or if you need to raise laying chickens and meat chickens. 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 wish to raise meat 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
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? Setting up livestock requires that you have enough resources and are prepared to spend some money.