Beginning Farmers – Practical Tools for Successful Family Farming
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When getting into animals farming there are countless things to consider before you leap into production. There are various types of livestock you can keep, which are chickens, 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 can be successful.
– Your Goals
And 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 else you want to produce your own livestock products and sell them for extra money? Either way placing goals is no doubt 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 manage the livestock. Consider the size of your land, the laws regarding keeping livestock and property zoning. If your land is not very big you may consider raising chickens or ducks but if you have large land you can keep, cows, lamb and other large animals.
You should also determine the sort of operation you want. If you want to manage cows determine if you need to raise cattle for meat or cows for milk or if you wish to raise laying chickens and meat hens. For milk production 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 need to keep beef production cows 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? 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 commit some money.