After the sudden loss of our beautiful Stormy, we didn’t know if we wanted another dog. After a few dogless walks I knew we wouldn’t last long before we got another dog. My son feeling bad for his dad called Charlotte at Conway Kennels, the kennel that trained Stormy to be the awesome hunter she was, and asked her about available dogs or puppies. She … Read More
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When getting into livestock farming there are countless things to consider before you hop into production. There are different types of livestock you can raise, which are chickens, rabbits, cows, ducks, lamb, goats, swine or mounts, and are all cared for in a different way.
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.
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 else you want to produce your own livestock products and sell them for extra money? Either way placing goals is no doubt 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 farming livestock and property zoning. If your land is not very big you may consider raising birds but if you have large land you can raise, cattle, lamb and other large livestock.
You should also determine the sort of operation you want. If you want to farm cows determine if you need to raise cattle for meat or cattle for milk or if you need to raise laying chickens and meat hens. 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 wish 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
Do 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 commit some money.