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Raising Livestock: How to Raise Premium Livestock for Making Money

Raising Livestock

You may remember the old Wendy’s ad: “Where’s the beef?” If you’re considering raising livestock for a living, you need to do your research, prepare your facilities, and make a commitment to hard work. Then, and only then, you can point and say, “There’s the beef” and ultimately, “There’s the profit.”

Do Your Homework

What kind of cattle do you wish to raise? What breeds make the most sense for your acreage and area? Every region of the country has a different climate. Check out this list of breeds as you decide what types work best to meet your goals. You may also want to consider crossbred cows. Speak with area livestock keepers and select a breed that is best suited for your location. Make sure your local veterinarian is qualified to care for your animals.

Get Organized

Begin your new operation by setting up a system to keep detailed records of all financial purchases, vaccination schedules, food consumption, breeding and sales.

Prepare Your Facilities

Determine how much acreage you’ll need for the number of cattle you’ll purchase. Make sure you have enough land and the right resources. At the minimum, your cattle will need proper grazing areas, a perimeter fence, a pen, a shelter, and clean feeding areas. Depending on the size and type of your herd, you may also need chutes and/or higher or electrified fences. If you need to make improvements to your land, make sure you have all the necessary building permits.

Purchase the Right Equipment: Livestock Waterers and Feeders

Protect your investment. Cattle need plenty of clean, fresh water. In fact, during hot weather, a nursing mother cow can drink up to 18 gallons of water each day. When it comes to eating, cattle can consume up to three percent of their body weight in dry feed. Make sure you have the proper waterers and feeders to keep up with that type of demand. No matter what the weather conditions, make sure your herd has enough to drink and eat by investing in any of Nelson’s stainless steel, easy-to-mount and energy-efficient ,waterers and feeders.

Consider the Alternatives

Cattle aren’t the only type of livestock that can provide profits or pleasure. Consider starting a niche-based hobby farm as part of your strategy. While many people love beef, some prefer only locally raised grass-fed or organic beef. Market yourself as an organic producer and sell directly to individuals or restaurants or local organic food stores.

Depending on your location, research new market opportunities for supplying other types of meat and foods. Consider raising kid goats and selling lamb meat. Invest in alpacas and harvest their fleece for profit. Raise free-range chickens and sell them for their meat or eggs. Keep sheep and/or goats and use their milk to make cheese and yogurt. Forgot the typical turkey, consider breeding and raising heritage turkeys. When it comes to niche marketing and people’s tastes, the possibilities are endless.

For additional information about raising livestock, check out the National Resources Conservation Service and the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service websites.

Electric Powered Waterers vs. Solar Powered Waterers

Nelson Heated Automatic Horse WatererFor those of you who are trying to figure out whether an electric or non-electric powered waterer is the better option, one of the primary things you need to consider is reliability.

Solar powered waterers are simply not reliable.  The major problem is that they must be exposed to sunlight for a long period of time.   Extended cloud cover or darkness does not provide the solar energy to adequately operate the heater, resulting in freeze-up.   Solar powered waterers are typically used in climates that have lots of sunlight and when it is impossible to run electricity to remote location.

Nelson automatic waterers have thermostatically controlled heating elements that heat a small amount of water at any one time making them very energy efficient.  In addition urethane foam insulation lines the entire waterer housing.   Nelson waterers are reliable.  They work in extremely cold temperatures at night or when there’s cloud cover and energy costs are minimal.

Learn more about Nelson’s automatic horse waterers.