One long-term investment that we made and have enjoyed over the past twelve years is rural central Texas land. Historically, land has increased in value over time making it a viable long-term investment. To quote the beloved humorist Will Rogers: “Buy land. They ain’t making any more of it”. Land, like any other investment fluctuates in value, but it has typically been a solid investment over the long haul. The ever-growing population of the world continues to rise. It makes sense that more food will have to be produced in order to feed the increasing population. Land prices should be on the rise again soon, and it appears to be an opportune time to invest in rural acreage before prices begin to soar here in central Texas. Ultimately, as world population increases, so will the demand for farm and ranch land. This was actually one of our deciding factors when we chose to invest in central Texas ranch land. According to an article in the September 2011 issue of Realt
Are you starting a farm? Do you want more sustainability for your family? Do you like fresh milk every day? If so, you may be thinking about buying a goat. There are a few questions you should ask yourself before starting your search for the perfect one. Do you have enough pasture and room for housing? Do you want pets, efficient weed eaters, or are you more interested in goats for milk, fiber, or meat? These are just a few considerations that need to be addressed before making a final decision.
10 Tips on Buying a Goat
1. Start Slow – Don’t be fooled by cute YouTube videos. Raising goats can be challenging. Start small. Expand your herd when you know that your fences are secure, and you have developed a care-routine for your farm animals. Keep in mind that average life span of a goat is around 15 years.
2. One Is None – Goats need buddies as they are herd animals. You may hear a lot of complai
Raising and showing cattle is a satisfying and enlightening occurrence. Before you run out to purchase your prize winning cattle, you need to sit down and map out a few ideas. If you are looking for a market steer, look up what breeds of cattle are best for meat production. After you have found your breed of cattle, look at what beef is selling for in your area. If you are in the market for a brood cow, be sure to research which breed is best for you. When picking out your cattle, make sure you list out health and temperament as the two defining factors.
Once your goals are in place and your cattle has been purchased, you will want to begin looking for cattle shows in your area. The time you show will depend on if you have a steer or heifer. Steers are only in the show ring for one season, while heifers can be shown for two seasons. If you are younger, you will likely find help from your local FFA or 4-H chapters. If you are older, you will participate in the open show classe
Consumers are becoming aware of the health benefits of organic vegetables and organic meat. Now you can go to the market and select between commercial and organic products. But why buy if you can produce? Due to the growing popularity of organic farming, farm owners and hog raisers are switching to organic pig farming and organic feeds. Cooperatives are constantly giving seminars and programs on how to raise pigs using organic methods.
One of the traditional ways on how to raise pigs is as simple as letting them graze in pastures and open range farms. In here, pigs are allowed to grazed grass, plants, and even herbs as its food. The idea is to utilize the natural ventilation and the sun to provide better environment for the pigs. These also serve as an exercise for the pigs to keep them healthy and leaner.
The open range farms also make sure that clean and beneficial plants are scattered around the pasture. Plants like lemongrass and guava leaves are good for the pigs
As a beginner livestock farmer you may find it difficult to choose which type of livestock you can start raising in your farm.
Before you get started in livestock farming you have know what kind of resources you have available. Do you have the finances, equipment and land? Knowing what you have will help you be more prepared.
The next step is to choose the type of livestock you want to raise, this can be determined by the amount of money you are willing to invest and size of your land. If you’re not sure on what type of livestock you want to raise below are details of two kinds of livestock you might consider raising.
The number of people raising ducks is on the raise with an estimate of over 21 million ducks being raised in the United States each year. When starting out in raising ducks you should choose a breed you want to raise. For example for ornamental purposes you can raise Call ducks and for egg laying you can raise Khaki Campbell duc
Melvin Fisher started raising pastured poultry on his Organic Grass Farm in 1997. In 1998, after seeing an article on the free-range system in a magazine Melvin ordered the book Free-Range Poultry Production and Marketing by Herman Beck-Chenoweth. Later he attended a workshop on range poultry production. In 1999 Melvin built six poultry skids using the plans in the book and stocked each with 400 Cornish Cross broilers. He retired the pastured poultry pens and never looked back. In 2002 he produced more than 6,000 chickens and 150 turkeys and dressed them out in America’s only U.S.D.A. Inspected non-electric poultry processing facility. This year he expects to raise, sell and process twice as many birds for sale to restaurants in Indiana and for the many customers who pick up at his scenic Park County farm.
Melvin’s operation is unique in many ways. Not only is his processing plant diesel powered, he uses horsepower to move the skids to fresh range (short-grass pas
A lot of people are turning to livestock farming as a way to making a living. Raising livestock can be a nice way to making lots of money at the some time provide for your family. You can raise all types of livestock such as chickens, ducks, cattle, rabbits, sheep, goats, pigs, and horses but you should know how to take care of them before you get started.
A beginner livestock farmer should first identify what they want to achieve from their livestock farm. You have to determine what type of livestock will be suitable with your land and how much you willing to invest in your project. Another thing is ask make sure you are allowed by law to raise livestock in your area.
If you’re not sure on what type of livestock you want to raise below we going to cover in detail two types of livestock you can consider raising first.
Sheep can be raised for various reasons, some raise sheep for an agricultural landscape, others raise sheep as pets and most p
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
Decorative feathers, delicious and nutritious meat and strong, attractive leather are just some of the reasons to consider the lucrative business of ostrich farming. It can also be an aid for healthier eating habits.
Ostrich farming is currently conducted in over 100 countries across the world. From cold climates such as Alaska and Sweden to equatorial countries like Brazil and Indonesia, ostriches are being raised as livestock with high yields. Because of its hardy nature, virtually any area is adaptable for the ostrich. Its feathers provide great protection with their insulating abilities; keeping the bird cool in hot climates and warm in colder areas. Humidity does present a problem, not with the adults but with the chicks which are highly susceptible to diseases that can be present in those conditions.
There are several reasons why ostrich farming can be a good investment. One breeding pair of ostriches is capable of producing up to 40 chicks per year. One healthy
The average goat is bred every year so that they will “freshen” or become ready to milk. Once bred, the farmer will be faced with a future kidding. Well, kidding can be very hazardous if you live in a climate that has below zero temperatures during its winter months. These temperatures are certainly not conducive to a safe and happy kidding for your dairy animals. So what can you do about it; especially with a breed that doesn’t have certain times that they can be bred but instead can be bred all year long?
• Try having a separate enclosure for your buck (intact and breed able male goat). Or some people choose not to raise and keep breed able male goats, instead they time a visit to a local farm that does. Then you can more easily control when breeding takes place so that there is less chance of loss of kids because of inclement temperatures.
• Learn and live by, for breeding purposes, what the gestation period is for your type of goat. This will