More calves are being sent for processing as businesses facing high milk powder costs cut their losses, while dairy bulls make £15 a head less than a year ago. Numbers of calves killed under 12 months of age increased 25% year-on-year to the start of October and stood at 8,000-head in September, up 1,300-head on […]
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When getting into livestock farming there are a great number of things to consider before you leap into production. There are different types of livestock you can raise, which are chickens, rabbits, cattle, ducks, lamb, goats, swine or horses, and are all cared for in different ways.
To be 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.
– Your Goals
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 supply 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 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 raising livestock and property zoning. If your land is small you may consider raising chickens or ducks but if you have large land you can raise, cattle, lamb and other large livestock.
Also determine the sort of operation you desire. If you want to farm cattle 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 meat cattle that graze on pasture the cows 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? Are your finances okay 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.