In late April we had shearing day here at Breezy Hill, and we ended up with a LOT of fleece. Like, a lot a lot. So much. Look at it (post-tidy-up).
The view of our barn throughway after shearing is finished. Fleeces are bagged by animal and by location of fleece (legs vs neck vs “blanket”).
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When getting into livestock farming there are countless things to consider before you bounce into production. There are different types of livestock you can keep, which are hens, rabbits, cows, ducks, lamb, goats, swine or mounts, and are all cared for in a different way.
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 can be 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 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 livestock 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 that large you may consider raising birds but if you have large land you can raise, cattle, lamb and other large animals.
You should also determine the sort of operation you want. If you want to manage cows determine if you wish to raise cattle for meat or cattle for milk or if you wish to raise laying chickens and meat chickens. 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 meat 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.