A £60-£70/t rise in calf mix has combined with inclement weather to force a 25-30% drop in continental-cross baby calf prices since August. Auctioneers say erratic weather patterns over recent weeks and rising feed costs have made some buyers reassess their budgets. Best calves remain at a strong price, but the second-quality and younger calves […]
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When getting into animals farming there are countless things to consider before you bounce into production. There are various types of livestock you can keep, which are chickens, rabbits, cattle, ducks, lamb, goats, swine or horses, 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.
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 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 dream.
After you have made your decision on what type of animals 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 very big you may consider raising chickens or ducks but if you have large land you can raise, cattle, lamb and other large livestock.
Also determine the sort of operation you desire. If you want to manage cattle determine if you need to raise cows for meat or cows for milk or if you need to raise laying chickens and meat hens. 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 wish to raise beef production 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
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.