Raising animals on an acreage can be very rewarding or a nightmare. Some reasons for raising animals or poultry could be to generate some income, produce healthy food for the family, give the kids some chores to develop responsibility, or to reduce the amount of mowing required by grazing livestock.
Following is a list of things to think about before you jump into a livestock enterprise.
- Why do you want to raise animals?
- Is the animal you want to raise adaptable to your climate?
- How do zoning laws affect you (i.e., Does you county limit the number or kind of animals?)
- Do you have a market for what you produce?
- Is there adequate feed available?
- Do you have a way to dispose of manure?
- How many animals will your acreage handle?
- What kind of fences do you have or need?
- Do you have a good supply of water?
- Is there a history of soil-borne or other diseases on your acreage?
- Can you use or remodel existing buildings, or do you need to construct new buildings?
- Do you have the labor and financial resources to begin a livestock enterprise?