Tight cow supplies and strong demand for British manufacturing beef has supported cull cow prices for the last year and resulted in phenomenal prices around auction marts. Elevated culling during the UK dairy downturn (2015-16) and the government-enforced Dutch cow cull has removed cows out of the European manufacturing beef supply chain early, leaving gap in the market. Last year, about 200,000 Dutch cows were culled as farms were ordered to destock to 2015 levels, st… 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. Being aware of what you want to accomplish will help you in shaping up your farm so that it is 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 perhaps you want to produce your own livestock products and sell them for extra money? Either way placing goals is incredibly 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 raising livestock and property zoning. If your land is small you may consider raising chickens or ducks but if you have large land you can keep, cattle, lamb and other large livestock.
Also determine the sort of operation you desire. If you want to manage cattle determine if you wish to raise cows for meat or cattle for milk or if you need to raise laying chickens and meat birds. 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 raise 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
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 make investments of some money.