When making the decision to raise livestock for profits you should be prepared for some serious work ahead. Raising livestock requires dedication and funds for feeding and animal acquisition. But there’s no need to feel down because all your hard work will pay off.As a beginner livestock farmer you can farm any type of livestock as long as you get the right guidelines. You can raise chickens, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, ducks or horses in your farm. In this article we are going to cover how to raise chickens and ducks.Chickens:All across the nation people are beginning to raise chickens. Some just want to get back to the basics whilst others it maybe the state of the economy. Either reason chickens are interesting birds to raise and can be profitable too.When raising chickens you have to first build them a chicken house. The house can be in form of a chicken coop, livestock barn or even a chicken tractor. Chickens will use the house for shelter, lay their eggs and roost at night.Equipment that is needed for chickens is a poultry waterer, nesting boxes and feeder equipment. The type of waterers and feeders depends on the age of your chickens so make sure you know what chickens you want to raise before buying your equipment.Don’t forget to get chicken feed before you order your chickens because you don’t want your chickens to get hungry.Chicken feeds vary from the age of your chickens. Chicks should be given growing mash whilst egg chickens given laying mash. Grown chickens can eat almost anything that is edible to humans, which means you can give them your leftovers to save of money in buying chicken feed.Ducks:Raising ducks it quite easy than most people would think. The first thing you have to know is the different types of duck breeds. There are duck breeds that are good for meat production and those good for egg production.Once you have made the decision on which duck breed you want to raise the next step is to build a duck coop. The duck coop will provide some shelter for your ducks and can be built from bamboo. It also should be located in a safe place where predators can’t access it. The coop should be kept dry so that bacteria doesn’t grow.Lastly your ducks have to be fed nutritious food. Keep in mind that ducklings are fed different kinds of food than other ducks. So when buying your feed make sure it’s for the type of duck you are raising.
So you want to be a livestock farmer? Do you have what it takes to be a livestock farmer? There’s a lot involved in becoming a successful livestock farmer. Dedication is the first and investing in the second. You have to be prepared to work everyday as a livestock farmer and you have to be prepared to spend some money.But don’t worry because it will all pay out in the end. There’s lot of profits to be made from livestock farming. In this article we going to cover how to raise cattle and pigs in your livestock farm.Cattle:When starting out in livestock farming it is important that you possess a very apparent goal to want to achieve from your project. You have to be prepared to spend some money in buying your cattle, and the equipment used in managing your cattle and cattle feed.Choosing a cattle breed is a must do before you start buying your cattle. There are cattle breeds that are good for milk production and some that can good for meat production. When it comes to feeding it’s best to choose grass-fed cattle because it’s cost effective, grass can easily be grown. And cattle that are grass-fed produce quality milk and meat.You also have to build some shelter for your cattle. The more cattle you have the larger the shelter has to be because you don’t want your cattle to crowd themselves. Also make sure you get a vet to come check on your cattle to make sure they are getting the right nutrients and are disease free.Pigs:When raising pigs you first have to build a well-ventilated pen for them. The pig pen can be built from hog wire and hay to keep the pigs warm and make sure you replace the hay every once in a while to keep the pen clean. The pig pen should be surrounded by a fence so to protect the pigs from predators that can eat them.It is important that you choose the right pig breed. Choosing the right pig breed will almost insure that you produce quality meat. A reputable pig breeder can be found from auctions and you can ask other pig farmers on who they recommend as a good pig breeder. Also search on yellow pages and farm magazines for breeders.Your pigs should be feed at list twice a day. Supply your pigs with a healthy diet so they grow stronger and produce the best quality meat. Also make sure you give them enough water to help them digest the food.