Summer is in full swing and so are our goat hikes! We’ve had wonderful groups of gung-ho goat hikers in June, and can’t wait for our July and August hikes to begin. With long summer days, we’ll have at least one evening hike in August, and we may add one or two more. And if you have a group of 10-20 people an… Read More
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When getting into animals farming there are a great number of things to consider before you hop into production. There are different types of livestock you can keep, which are chickens, rabbits, cows, ducks, lamb, goats, swine or mounts, and are all cared for in a different way.
To be successful in animal 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 is successful.
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 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 money? Either way establishing goals is incredibly important before you pursue your project.
After you have made your decision on what type of livestock 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 raising livestock and property zoning. If your land is small you may consider raising birds but if you have large land you can keep, cattle, lamb and other large livestock.
Also determine the sort of procedure 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 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 different types of livestock. For example if you wish to keep 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? 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 commit some money.