Somewhere along your farming journey, you might get the itch to start rearing animals on your farm. Or, an opportunity may present itself in such a way that you may not be able to resist. Perhaps someone is giving away a flock of free goats or you have just fallen in love with a calf and decide it is the right time you too should start rearing animals on your farm.
Whether you have planned to add animals to your farm, or it is just a series of events, you should an idea of how to prepare and take care of your animals beforehand. In order to give an insight of what you may need to know before deciding on which animals to keep, here are a few tips that will help you choose the right animals to start with in your farm:
Choose what Appeals to You
It may seem obvious but more likely that the animals you may want to rear are those that are drawn to you naturally. If goats seem strange or old, then they are not meant for you. Perhaps you are used to pet cows during your early years or petting pigs in your grandparent’s farm. These could just be the type of animals you have interest in and are appealing to you.
Be Careful About the Unusual
Often, many people are drawn to raise exotic or unusual animals. This is because they think doing something or raising animals that are not raised by someone else is marketable. This is often not a logical conclusion. While rearing special animals can sometimes be a great way to earn income, it can sometimes backfire. Always make sure that there is a market for whatever unusual animal you intend to rear in your farm before investing a lot of money in it.
Keeping animals often requires a large space and this is directly proportional to the size of animal you want to keep. For instance, you will require a much bigger space to rear ten cows compared to the amount of space you will need to rear ten goats. It is therefore essential that you check on the size of your farm before choosing the animals to keep.
Make a List of the Potential Animals you Want to Keep
Before embarking on animal keeping, make a list of potential animals you would wish to keep. Leave space for notes and make sure it gives detailed reasons why you prefer that specific animal on your farm. Use this list to get more information about the animals as you get deep into the research process.
Research About the Animals
Go to your local library or search on the internet some basic information on raising the animals your wish keep. As you get more information about these animals, you might now start narrowing down your list and focus on certain animals.
Talk to Other Farmers
Find some farmers who are rearing some of the animals you have considered. Ask everything you need to know about the animals including their success and challenges. Check how the housing and fencing has been done by other farmers and experience the animals in different dimensions.
Now that you have had the chance to explore virtually all the potential animals you want on your farm, you are now ready to decide and start with the right animals on your farm.