My name is Beatrice Schatz. I am 12-years-old and I am a part of the Cumberland County 4-H Swiners club. On Wednesday, September 30th, I will be auctioning one of my pigs at the Cumberland Farmers Club Youth Livestock Auction. For the last six months I have been raising two pigs to sell, and we need buyers to come to … Read More
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When getting into animals farming there are countless things to consider before you hop into production. There are different types of livestock you can raise, which are hens, rabbits, cattle, 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 can be 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 no doubt 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 farm 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 keep, cows, lamb and other large livestock.
Also determine the sort of procedure you desire. If you want to farm cows determine if you need to raise cattle for meat or cows for milk or if you need to raise laying chickens and meat hens. 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 wish to keep beef production cattle that graze on pasture the cows 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
Ask yourself if 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? Bringing up livestock requires that you have enough resources and are prepared to spend some money.