Meet Z. He is a 7 year old alpaca and the coolest animal I’ve ever owned. That is saying a lot because if you know me I’ve owned more than my fair share of wonderful creatures.
I could see an alpaca replacing a dog as your backyard pet. They are easy on the grass, quiet (no barking at 11 pm), nice to look at, a conversation piece that won’t jump on guests, an… Read More
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When getting into livestock 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, cows, ducks, lamb, goats, pigs 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. Understanding 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 animals to manage forage? Or perhaps you want to produce your own livestock products and sell them for extra money? Either way establishing 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 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 birds but if you have large land you can keep, cows, lamb and other large livestock.
Also determine the sort of operation you want. 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 chickens. 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 different types of livestock. For example if you need to raise meat cows that graze on pasture the cows 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? 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 commit some money.