Depressed youngstock prices have left the door open for farms with sufficient forage to play the market on stirks and calves trading 30-40% below last year. It is still early to call the suckled calf trade, but some expect it to follow the regional pattern of the sheep sales and vary according to forage availability. […]
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When getting into animals farming there are a great number of things to consider before you leap into production. There are various types of livestock you can raise, which are chickens, rabbits, cattle, ducks, lamb, goats, swine or mounts, and are all cared for in different ways.
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 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 perhaps you want to produce your own livestock products and sell them for extra money? Either way establishing goals is no doubt 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 raise the livestock. Consider the size of your land, the laws regarding keeping 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 desire. If you want to manage 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 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 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 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? Setting up livestock requires that you have enough resources and are prepared to spend some money.