When it comes to livestock farming the key to success is knowing your goals, options and resources. Once you know what you want from your farm will help you in positioning your farm to success.
Some livestock require you to take extra care then others. Goats and sheep are two types of livestock that don’t require that much attention for them to strive. In this article you are going to get information on how to raise these livestock starting from today.
When raising goats you have to be prepared to deal with choosing feeds, dietary supplements and housing units. You also have to make sure your goats are protected from predators, get regular checkups from a vet and know the various types of breeds to keep. You can keep goats for milk, meat, fibers and as pets.
When it comes to fiber you should raise Angora goats that produce mohair wool and for cashmere wool go for cashmere goats. These types of wool are more expensive than the common wool. If you want medium class wool then raise nigora and pygora goats.
Raising goats for meat you would need a different type of goat then the above. The South African Boer goats are true meat yielding goats because they grow bigger and faster. Other goats that produce meat are Kiko, Brush, Myotonic (Fainting goats,) Spanish, and the West African Dwarf goat.
For milk production you can raise the Anglo-Nubian breed which is known to produce quality milk. Goat’s milk can be used in the production of candy, buttermilk, cheese, yogurt and beauty products. Other goats you can consider for milk production are Oberhasli, Toggenburg, La Mancha and Alpine goats.
A lot of livestock farmers raise sheep because they are easy to care for and their products are high in demand. You can raise sheep for the production of milk, meat and wool.
When raising sheep proper care has to be followed. The first thing to do is provide some shelter for your sheep to be protected from cool and hot temperatures. There also has to be enough space for them to roam around. You also have to fence their grazing area so that they are protected.
Next thing to do is to supply them with enough feed that is nutritious. Green pasture is the best but you can also buy quality feed from your local livestock store. And keep in mind that different breeds require different nutritional supplements.
You also have to learn about proper discipline techniques. Goats have their own personality traits so you have to know how to raise them properly. They sometimes can be stubborn and hard headed so you have to know how to make them do what you want them to do.