Trade topped at 12,000gns at the National Sheep Association Wales and Border’s 40th anniversary ram sale at Builth on Monday (17 September). Organisers described trade as “solid” in what has been an unpredictable year, with an 80% clearance for the 4,727 sheep forward and trade down by just 5% on the year, with turnover totalling […]
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When getting into animals farming there are countless things to consider before you hop into production. There are different types of livestock you can keep, which are chickens, rabbits, cattle, 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 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 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 income? 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 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, cows, lamb and other large livestock.
Also determine the sort of procedure you want. If you want to farm cows determine if you wish to raise cattle for meat or cows for milk or if you need to raise laying chickens and meat chickens. For milk creation 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 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? Will you have enough finances 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.