Interested in doing something different with your livestock business? Here are 10 ideas innovative agripreneurs are experimenting with.
Acquire the knowledge necessary to choose and purchase draft animals, and then learn to work them in the field, woodlot, or market garden.
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In the United States, oxen, horses, and mules are the traditional draft animals of choice. Donkeys are also common. But all of these animals tend to be rather large. What if you have a smaller farm to work? One option is to consider a miniature horse or donkey. Another is to try something completely outside…… Continue reading 5 Unconventional Draft Animals
There really is no one right way to fence and shelter your animals. It’s a subject that will largely depend on your individual circumstances. But it’s also a subject that must be addressed, so here goes. Fencing What type of fencing and where to put it is going to depend a great deal on what…… Continue reading Getting Started with Livestock Part 2: Fencing & Facilities
When it comes to keeping livestock, the water supply of your land base can be a major limiting factor. Therefore, before you invest any money in farm animals, it is crucial that you take stock of your water situation first. Supply Let’s start by examining the water resources you have available: What water sources do…… Continue reading Getting Started With Livestock Part 1: Water
When extension centers and other information sources discuss stocking rates, they usually make their recommendations in acres per animal (or animals per acre, depending on the climate and the type of animal). For instance, you might read a factsheet that advocates 5 cow-calf pairs to the acre. There’s one problem with this method of calculating…… Continue reading What are Animal Units?
Often it is the novelty that first attracts people to the idea of raising elk. But those who do their research have the potential to cash in on a profitable enterprise. While starting an elk ranch will require attention to legalities, fencing, safe handling facilities, and the like, one of the first questions begged is—what…… Continue reading 8 Ideas for an Elk Business
Before buying any bison, you will want to evaluate these enterprise ideas carefully to locate sales channels and to estimate demand.
Charles “Buffalo” Jones has the distinction of being one of the first and most dedicated to save the bison from extinction.