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Table Of Contents:
- Raise Cattle
- Raise Chickens
- Raise Ducks
- Raising Goats
What a Beginner Farmer Should Do When They
Want to Become a Successful Cattle Farmer
Being a successful livestock farmer can be done but
only when you know what to do.
Raising healthy cattle can be easily done when
compared to other types of livestock, the only thing
needed is commitment.
It is very important that you are committed in
managing your farm because if you don't your cattle
will be low quality and produce low quality milk or
They are many cattle breeds for you to choose from when starting out in cattle farming. They are
breeds that are good for daily farming, beef farming, and others for drafts. Make up your mind on
which breed you would like to start out with.
Once you have made your choice on which breed you want to raise its time to setup the right
breeding system. Having high quality cattle greatly depends on the type of breeding system you
have. Cattle breeds that are good to start of with are Purebreds. If you want to breed naturally a
good quality breed is needed.
You should make sure your cattle have enough food and clean water daily. The healthier your cattle
are the more quality milk and meat they will produce. Enough green pastures and water will ensure
your cattle get all the nutrients they need.
To ensure that your cattle are in good shape you should make sure that your farm is clean and the
cattle are checked by a licensed veterinarian every once in a while. The veterinarian will see if your
cattle can be developing any kind of diseases and are getting all the nutrition’s they need.
Also make friends with other farmers in your area to share advice. You will also get up to date
information about the industry news and market value of cattle.
Step By step Guide to Raising Your Very Own Chickens At
Not long ago a lot of people started getting involved in raising
their own chickens the main reason being that they want to
produce their own food and feed their families.
But as the demand for chicken produce grew a lot of people
found an opportunity in the market to raise chickens for profit.
When starting out in raising chickens at home you should find
out if you are allowed to raise chickens in your area.
Some states or countries might not allow the raising of chickens. But if you are allowed to raise
chickens in your area then its time for you to get started.
Chickens require a lot of attention and management. You should make sure you feed your chickens
the right food to keep them healthy and illness free. Feeding chickens is not a complicated process.
Chicken can eat all sorts of food like garden pests, weeds and even your leftover foods. With this
being said chickens can be good for your garden as well because as they eat up the insects and also
fertilize your garden with their poo.
Building a chicken house is very important. The chicken house should be safe and protect the
chickens from predators such as hawks, cats and even dogs. Some people can even try to steal your
chickens. Your chicken coop should be well covered as well to protect your chickens from to much
sunlight, cold and rain.
You should try by all means to keep your chicken coop clean as possible. The coop should be large
enough to accommodate all of your chickens, young and old. They should be enough space for your
chickens to lay their eggs and eat. Fresh water can also be given to your chickens in their coop.
You can surround your chicken house with a fence to give your chickens some space to move
around and search for insects to eat. The fence should be high enough for the chickens not to fly
over and predators such as dogs to jump in. Once you get this right you sure will be a happy
Raising Ducks 101 for a Beginner Duck Farmer
A lot of people who raised chickens are now turning to
raising ducks. The main reason for this being that duck meat
and eggs are growing in demand.
Consumers enjoy eating duck meat and eggs because they
taste a lot better then chicken. Its now estimated that the
United States raises over 19 million ducks in a single year.
Ducklings require a lot of proteins to mature. When they are
about 3 weeks old they should be feed starter feeds with
22% of proteins.
Once they are over 5 weeks you can then decrease the amount of protein intake. Its very important
that you follow this procedure so your ducks grow healthy and strong.
Other farmers prefer raising ducks for meat because they cost less then those of eggs. Its estimated
that egg ducks consume 75% more laying feed when compared to egg chickens. Duck eggs are
usually hatched to be sold later.
Make sure that your ducks have some kind of shelter. Duck shelters are not that expensive because
they can be made of wood and bamboo. Just make sure the shelter has good roofing so that rain
doesn't come in. If the shelter gets wet bacteria can begin to form thus causing diseases. For your
ducks to be comfortable you can put hulls and corn cobs on the floor. This will also give warmth to
Your ducks should be fed multivitamins to keep them healthy. They also should receive pesticide
spray at list once a year so they can be resistant to mites and worms. You can also have a
veterinarian come check your ducks to make sure they are disease free and are getting the right
amount of nutrients.
Beginners Guide to Raising Goats for Meat In Order To Sell the
A Lot of farmers who raise goats for meat enjoy the whole process
and see some great returns in investment. The only thing they need
in order to raise healthy goats is basic equipment and good
managing skills which are acquired through experience.
In order for a beginner farmer to raise goats for commercial
purposes the right guidelines are needed. Below are a few tips in
how to go about raising profitable goats.
The very first thing you should do is provide protection for your goats. In order to do this a secure
fence around the pasture and grazing area can be installed. This fence should be high enough for the
goats not to jump over or the predators to jump in. You should also build them some shelter so they
can get in when its raining or when its too hot.
The shelter you build should have some water system installed for the goats to drink when they are
thirsty and be big enough to accommodate all the goats. Goats sometimes fight for food so you
should space their feeding bunks so they don't overcrowd themselves.
The next step when raising goats for meat is to choose the right breed because not just any breed
will do. Some breeds are good in producing milk where else others are good for producing meat.
And the breeds you choose should have a mixture of males and females. You should also build a
pen all around the buck to isolate the male goat from the others if you are looking at artificial
You should also have a veterinarian come check on your goats to ensure that your goats for free
from diseases. A veterinarian can also monitor your pregnant goats to make sure all is well. It is also
advisable to build a pen for your younger goats in order to keep them away from the big goats
which can hurt them.
Lastly you should do a research in the goat markets. Know what are the price ranges for goats in
every given season. When selling you should sell more of your male goats and keep a lot of female
goats so they can continue producing new goats for you.
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