Homely and comforting, the pandowdy is one of our favorite weeknight desserts. It’s essentially a deep dish fruit cobbler, often made with apples, and topped with pie crust. Halfway through cooking, the crust is scored into a patchwork, and pressed down with a spatula, causing juices to bubble up through the cracks. We use a variation on Karl’s grandmother Bea’s recipe, mixing up the fruit and adding a little extra butter to her topping. As we avoid shopping and wait for our … Read More
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When getting into livestock farming there are a great number of things to consider before you bounce into production. There are various kinds of livestock you can raise, which are chickens, rabbits, cows, ducks, lamb, goats, pigs or horses, and are all cared for in a different way.
To be 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.
– 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 provide your family with healthy food? You may just want to raise livestock to manage forage? Or else you want to produce your own livestock products and sell them for extra income? Either way establishing 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 raising livestock and property zoning. If your land is not very big you may consider raising birds but if you have large land you can keep, cows, lamb and other large livestock.
You should also determine the sort of operation you want. If you want to raise cows determine if you wish to raise cattle for meat or cows for milk or if you wish to raise laying chickens and meat birds. For milk creation 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 keep beef production cows 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
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 make investments of some money.