When getting into livestock farming there are a lot of things to consider before you jump into production. The various types of livestock you can raise are chickens, rabbits, cattle, ducks, sheep, goats, pigs, or horses and are all cared for in a different way.
In order to be successful in livestock farming you need to know your options, goals and resources. Knowing what you want to accomplish will help you in shaping up your farm so that its successful.
– Your Goals
So why do you want to get into livestock farming? Its very important that you identify and evaluate what your goals are.
Do you want to raise livestock because you want to feed your family with healthy food? You may just want to raise livestock to manage forage? Or you want to produce your own livestock products and sell them for extra income? Either way setting goals are very important before you pursue your venture.
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, sheep and other large animals.
Also determine the type of operation you want. If you want to raise cattle determine if you want to raise cattle for meat or cattle for milk or if you want to raise laying chickens and meat chickens (broilers). For milk production you can choose between goat milk, sheep milk or cow milk. You can just raise all three of them.
The type of breed is also important so make sure of get knowledge of the different species of livestock. For example if you want to raise beef cattle that graze on pasture the right type of cattle that strives well on pasture is the Belted Galloway. This goes for the other livestock, certain breeds will produce better then other breeds.
– Your Resources
Do you have enough resources to start your project? Are you finances OK to invest in livestock farming? Do you have the equipment and facilities? Raising livestock requires that you have enough resources and are prepared to invest some money.
These are just basic points to consider before you get into livestock farming. Raising livestock is very profitable when done right. So know your goals, be familiar with the livestock you want to raise and make sure you take care of the livestock.