Well, there are many reasons why a person might want to start a cattle farm. One may want to raise cows to sell for meat whereas others would want them for their dairy (selling Milk). On the other hand, there are those who raise them to showcase them in fairs and others for local events. Starting a cattle farm requires knowledge and the reason behind it all. With this in mind, there are few basics about how to raise cattle; from buying land to selecting the cattle or cattle breed you want to farm.
However, before we continue, there are few things/points/factors you need to know/consider (doing) before you start your cattle farm. These factors things are…
• Coming Up with A Plan
The first thing is to create a plan regarding everything about your cattle. What does this mean? It simply means that you have to revisit your reasons or intentions for raising cattle, cost, methods and much more. This technique will give you a clear leeway in determining the best way forward.
• Consult An Experts
Never begin a cattle farm without consulting an expert first; even if you grew up in the countryside and learn how to take care of cows from your parents. The cattle industry varies depending on the kind of cattle you which you raise. In other words, the way you take care of dairy cattle is different from how you would a beef cattle. As such, make it a mandatory to consult an expert first before you go even further.
• Create A Waste Management Plan
Cattle waste product is another area you should prepare for. For example, did you know that dairy cattle produce a lot of manure? Therefore, the question is, how are you going to deal with the waste? The good news is that there are very many ways to deal with cattle waste, and they do also have many applications such as creating biogas or farming manure. Well, it is important to come up with a plan of how you will deal with it; and therefore, you should consult an expert to help you with this and advise you on how best to deal with it.
• Create A Feeding And Cropping Plan
Cattle diet is another area you need to plan ahead before starting your cattle farm. It does not matter whether you are going to feed them Total Mixed Ration (TMR), grazing them or simply combining both, cattle require a set of nutrients for their growth. As mentioned before, beef cattle require a different set of nutrients compared to dairy cattle; and therefore you should know more about the feeding program. Keep in mind that your intention for starting a cattle farm will determine or affect your feeding program.
With this in mind, it is advisable to talk to a professional to know more about this and the options you have.
How To Start A Cattle Farm
The first step is planning everything, and you can only do this successfully by following the points above. To not rush into it; take your time and surely you will be successful in what you are doing. It is advisable to start small and building your way up. Try to aim for being a low-cost producer, because this is the safest way to make money and also a great way to start if you are a beginner.
The next step is to locate the area where you want to raise your cattle. It is important to locate an area where you are confident you can achieve this. Keep in mind that factors such as climate, vegetation, seasonal variances, topography and much more differ with each location you choose. After you have located the area, the next step is to buy a land there. It is advisable to purchase a property that has all the facilities rather than buying a farm that requires you to install all facilities such as a fence.
3. Tools And Equipment
Remember that you need cattle farming tools and equipment to be successful in it. Therefore, it is important to analyze your end game or your reason behind your cattle farming investment and make the right choice. The best thing about this is that you can find many of these tools and equipment online. And therefore, you should take advantage of the web as well.
4. Buying The Cattle
A cattle farming is a not cattle farming without cattle. This is where things begin to get interesting. You have to research on different types or breeds of cows and determine the best for you to raise. Of course, this will be mainly determined by what you are looking for, your goals and resources. For example, if you are seeking to raise beef cows, then you have a variety to choose from ranging from British white, Black Angus, red-polls, Shorthorn and much more. This should apply to dairy cows. A majority of people prefer going for cows that are easy to handle.