New Cria Alert!
In the past few weeks we have had the true delight of welcoming some new cria (baby alpacas) into the herd. We have a new little Suri and a Huacaya, with another on the way any day now. We haven’t named them yet – we want to wait and get to know them first! But golly they are precious.
Here’s our new little Suri girl:
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When getting into livestock farming there are a great number of things to consider before you leap into production. There are various kinds of livestock you can keep, which are chickens, rabbits, cows, ducks, lamb, goats, pigs or horses, and are all cared for in a different way.
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.
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 perhaps you want to produce your own livestock products and sell them for extra cash? Either way placing 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 manage the livestock. Consider the size of your land, the laws regarding keeping livestock and property zoning. If your land is small you may consider raising chickens or ducks but if you have large land you can raise, cows, lamb and other large livestock.
You should also determine the sort of operation you want. If you want to manage cows 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 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 meat 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.