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Raising Livestock: Livestock Births

Raising Livestock

Spring has sprung and for ranchers and farmers, that means calving season is on its way. No matter what size operation you run, no matter what livestock you raise, planning ahead for the season is critical.

The best-laid plans sometimes go awry, so meticulous preparation is the key. Your hard work now is sure to save you time, money, and perhaps even animal’s lives once calving season arrives Toronto.

Nelson Manufacturing wishes you a prosperous and healthy calving season. Following please find our recommendations and tips for making this season your most successful yet.

  • Inspect and, if needed, repair your working areas and stalls. Make sure your calving spaces are clean, secure, and properly lit. As backup, install fresh batteries in your flashlights. As the date approaches, stock the areas with plenty of fresh food for your animals.
  • Review the gestation periods for your specific livestock. You can find a quick guide from the Farmer’s Almanac. Knowing this information will prevent any births from catching you by surprise.
  • Continue to provide the highest quality food to your pregnant livestock. While good nutrition is important throughout the gestation period, it’s especially critical toward the end of the pregnancy. Make certain your livestock have easy access to clean food and water at all times. Nelson Manufacturing’s automatic livestock waterers and horse waterers guarantee your animals will always have fresh water.
  • Find a veterinarian you can trust. Keep your vet advised of your birthing schedule and make sure he or she will be available when needed.
  • Schedule extra hands if you’ll need them. Keep your workers in the loop so they’ll be on call to help you.
  • Stock up on supplies. Make sure you have plenty of buckets, gloves, roll cotton or paper towels, scoops, squeeze bottles, and disinfectant. You won’t have time to run out and buy something you forgot once calving begins in earnest. As Santa would have it, “Make a list and check it twice.”
  • Prepare ahead for emergencies. Not every birth will be easy. Stock up on oxycontin, betadine, epinephrine, and other recommended medicines. If you’ve never experienced a high-risk pregnancy or breech birth, ask your vet for information about how to properly administer medications.
  • Consider feeding your livestock in the evening. Research has shown if you feed your animals in the late afternoon or evening you can actually reduce the chances of nighttime births. Make it easier on yourself. Try to avoid nighttime calving.
  • Purchase enough ear tags to properly identify your newborn livestock.

We hope you’ve found our suggestions helpful. Please log in and share tips and techniques you’d recommend for other livestock owners.

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.