Nervous cattle finishers paying £3/kg liveweight for short-term stores may have to dig deeper through the year to keep yards full. Latest industry insight from both sides of the Irish Sea suggests a tight store cattle and beef picture for the next two years. Ferocious European demand has seen Irish live exports increase 35% to […]
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When getting into livestock farming there are a great number of things to consider before you bounce into production. There are different kinds of livestock you can keep, which are chickens, rabbits, cattle, ducks, lamb, goats, pigs or horses, and are all cared for in different ways.
To become successful in livestock 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 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 establishing 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 that large you may consider raising chickens or ducks but if you have large land you can keep, cattle, lamb and other large livestock.
You should also determine the sort of operation you desire. If you want to manage cows determine if you wish to raise cattle for meat or cows for milk or if you need to raise laying chickens and meat hens. For milk production 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 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 animals, certain breeds will produce better than other breeds.
– Your Resources
Ask yourself if you have enough resources to get started on your project? Are your finances okay to invest in livestock farming? Do you have the equipment and facilities? Rearing livestock requires that you have enough resources and are prepared to spend some money.