Trade was faster this year at Kelso on Friday 13 September, as spirited commercial and pedigree bidding lifted overall averages by £16 to £698. This is the second-highest average after the record £709 in 2017, suggesting commercial lamb producers are not perturbed by an impending Brexit. A total of 4,191 (-199) rams sold to an […]
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When getting into livestock farming there are countless things to consider before you hop into production. There are various kinds of livestock you can raise, which are chickens, rabbits, cows, ducks, lamb, goats, pigs or mounts, and are all cared for in different ways.
To become successful in animal 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
So why do you want to get into animal 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 cash? Either way placing goals is incredibly important before you pursue your dream.
After you have made your decision on what type of livestock 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 farming livestock and property zoning. If your land is not very big 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 need to raise cattle for meat or cows for milk or if you need to raise laying chickens and meat birds. 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 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
Do you have enough resources to start out 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.