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Keys To Success In Raising Livestock Farming

Livestock farming is an industry that is different from any other industry. The better you know about it the more are your chances of being a successful livestock farmer.

Raising livestock is a great way of making lots of money in a field that not so money people are in. But before you get started in livestock farming you have to get as much knowledge as you can about this industry and what is required to raise healthy profitable livestock.

Two profitable livestock that you may raise when starting out in livestock farming are cattle and sheep. These livestock are very profitable because their milk and meat is high in demand and the market is large enough for anyone to have a piece of the pie.

Cattle:

Raising cattle will always be a good business venture which has great return of investment. One way you can look at it is you “buy cheap cattle, fatten them up and sell them at a higher price”.

When getting started the first thing you have to do is buy your cattle. Places where you can buy your cattle are at livestock auctions, advertisements in your local newspaper and you can even ask other livestock farmers on who sells good healthy cattle. You can buy a few weaned calves or some feeders just to start with.

Once you have bought your cattle its time to take care of them. The first thing to do is to build your cattle some shelter. When starting out you can build a simple windbreaker and once you start making money you can then build a bigger shelter.

Feeding your cattle well is the most important of all. Good pasture is a great way of feeding your cattle. To also help in feeding your livestock you can give them alfalfa and corn. Don’t forget to give your cattle plenty of water as well. A single cow can drink about 12 gallons of water per day.

Sheep:

Just like cattle, sheep are rewarding livestock to raise. You can raise sheep for milk, meat and wool. But in order to get some good returns in investment from your sheep you have to be dedicated to your venture and take care of your sheep.

Sheep also need some shelter to be protected from harsh temperatures. A sheep house is where your sheep well also sleep, feed and give birth.

When starting out in feeding sheep you have to be aware that different kinds of sheep need different kinds of food. Ewes, lambs, and rams are all feed in a different way so when buying your feed make sure you are buying the right feed for the type of sheep you are raising.

Raising healthy sheep requires you to feed them well. In order for your sheep to get enough nutrients you have to feed them forage which contains proteins and energy, not forgetting pasture as well. Also give your sheep enough water because its crucial for their health. And make sure that the feeders are clean to discourage the spread of fatal diseases.

Complete Beginners Guide to Raising Your Own Healthy Livestock

Livestock farming is a rewarding venture when you are a well established livestock farmer. And the nice thing is that anyone can be a successful farmer with the right guidelines and information.

When starting in livestock farming you have to know what you want to achieve from your farm. You also need to determine the type of livestock you want to raise which can be determined by the land you have and how much money you willing to invest.

Two types of livestock you can begin with are cattle and pigs. Their products are high in demand and can be a reliable source of food for your family.

Cattle:

Cattle farming is the most progressive in the industry of livestock farming because of its big returns in investment. In order to be successful in cattle farming you have start with a good foundation and learn how to proper care for your cattle.

First know what you want to achieve from your cattle farm. Do you want to raise cattle for milk or raise cattle for meat. You also have to prepare some money to invest in your project.

What ever your reason maybe for raising cattle you have to make sure your cattle are proper feed. Cattle strive well when grass fed so it’s vital that you have enough supply of grass or have large pasture. Supplement your cattle’s diet with plant proteins and have a vet check on them every once in a while. Also make sure you have enough water for your cattle to drink.

Pigs:

Raising pigs is much easier than raising cattle, they are intelligent and can be trained. But how ever they need extra care than other types of livestock.

When starting out its important that you choose the right breed. You should choose a healthy pig from a well known pig breeder. Make sure you buy more than two pigs so they give each other company. Once you have bought your pigs it’s important to take care of them. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to provide them with some mud and dirt to play around every once in a while.

Pigs need to be proper feed with nutritious food. They can be feed with varieties of grain such as barley and wheat. You can also feed them with left over foods which will save you lots of money. Don’t forget to give your pigs plenty of water and clean their house every once in a while.

Farming Pigs – Importance of Proper Food and Diet When Raising Pigs

The diet of your pig is very important for when farming pigs. Although food scraps and leftovers can be fed to your pigs, you should consider proper nutrition for your pigs to ensure they grow up healthy. Pigs have tremendous appetite and will eat anything edible you throw at them, but it doesn’t mean you should settle for that. Remember that keeping your pigs healthy is your top priority when farming pigs.

Groceries and specialty stores for farming pigs sell feeds made specifically for pigs. It has all the vitamins and minerals they need to be healthy. There are commercial pig feeds and supplements that are made especially for piglet while some are best used for adults. It can be purchased easily and is affordable but you can also make a pig feed on your own, you just have to know what vitamins and minerals are important to your pigs diet and where you can get them.

o Water – Perhaps the most important thing in your pig’s diet. Pigs need plenty of water and can consume about 20% of their own body weight. Since pigs don’t have sweat glands like humans do, they need plenty of water to regulate body heat. Water also helps in their digestion and absorption of other nutrients.

o Carbohydrates – This is the fuel that provides energy for your pigs. Grass and hay are a good source of carbohydrates for your pigs. Sugars, such as lactose and fructose, are also necessary to keep your pigs healthy. You can get them from oats, corn and other cereal grains.

o Lipids – Also known as fats. Lipids are more efficient in providing energy than carbohydrates. Since it is a better energy source, it can help reduce food consumption when farming pigs. However, this doesn’t mean you should stop feeding carbohydrates and focus on an all-lipids diet. Feeding too much lipids to save money on farming pigs is a bad idea because it can give your pigs diarrhea. Sources of lipids are canola, corn oil and soybean oil.

o Protein – Protein is necessary for the health of your pig’s blood cells, muscles and tissues. When giving your pigs protein, you should always consider quality over quantity when farming pigs; it is better to give your pigs few high quality proteins and many low quality proteins. Soybean meal is a good protein source because it has a high quality amino acid.

o Vitamin K – Is important for blood clotting and can be found in fishmeal.

o Vitamin A – Is necessary for good bone structure. It can be found in grasses and legumes such as alfalfa.

Raising Pig For Living – Livestock Guide

Raising pig for living is not new to people living in farms. Most people living in farms rely on raising livestock for their living. Pigs are among the best and common livestock among farms.

Location

The very first thing that you should consider when raising pig is the location where you will put them. When building a pig pen, it is important that you give your pigs enough space to move. It is not a good idea to put your pig in a small space because pigs need a well-ventilated area that is dry most of the time.

Choose also a spot where your pig pen will not get hit by direct sunlight for a long period of time. Building your pig pen on a place where it will get hit by sunlight for a long period of time may cause your pig to get dehydrated and probably die.

Also, clean the area where you will be putting your pigs. Contrary to what people believe and what is depicted in cartoons, pigs are clean animals. Most pigs do not urinate in their place, so cleaning their place would not be difficult.

Breed

The breed of pig is also very important in raising pig. You should identify what your purpose of raising pig. If you are after its meat, then choose a pig that produces good meat.

Food

Aside from giving them their pellet feed, hay is also a great food for them. Be sure that they never run out of hay. Hay is a good cleaner for their internal tracts. To help yourself save a lot of waste and time, it would be best if you will purchase a large hog feeder.

Water

Water is also very important to every pig’s diet. It is known that 50 to 75 percent of a pig’s body is made up of water. Just like humans, pigs are able to live longer without food than water. Remember to never let them run out of water. Always provide them with clean water. Also, clean the container regularly where you will be putting your water. Cleaning their containers will help them avoid getting sick.

Whatever your reasons are for raising pigs and other animals, the important thing that you should always remember is that you are having fun while raising them. Doing a thing that you are having fun will help you become more productive.

Mostly True Stories About Living on a Farm in the Early Years

True Stories from the past on a farm are rich in history and humor. So, I thought I would share a few.

One told to me by a couple now living on the Peninsula follows. These new owners had a barn, part of a historic farm, that they had purchased when the acreage was split up. They were in the process of cleaning out the barn that had not been in use for quite some time. Daisy, who had inherited the farm in the early 1900’s was still living in the house on the farm. Grandma Daisy, as she was called, wandered over from the house to see what the couple was doing. She was way up in years, as they say, but had a strong voice. “Save the spiders!” she called out to Ken and Teri. She repeated it several times, and the couple, thinking Grandma Daisy was having some trouble with reality, promised they would. However, they were puzzled as to how they would catch and keep those little, black, eight-legged arachnids when they caught them. Later, they learned that the “spiders” Grandma was referring to were “black cast-iron frying pans originally made with short feet to stand among coals on the hearth” (Taken from Webster’s Dictionary) Ken said that neither he nor Terri found any spiders from Grandma Daisy in that barn.

A life long resident of Old Mission Peninsula, Cal, had some good stories. I believe that he must have been a bit of a rascal when he was a kid. The stories follow. He remembers that Barry and he took Barry’s mother’s new white sheets, made parachutes from them, and jumped off the roof of Mr. Umlor’s barn. It seems they had been quite impressed by a local outdoor movie they had seen, presumably a war movie showing pilots baling out of their airplanes. They decided it didn’t look too hard, if maybe just a bit risky. They are here today, Cal believes, because they landed in a manure pile up to their armpits.

One more story Cal told me about growing up on the farm took place when he was young, about 10 years old. Some buddies and he decided to disassemble a barn wagon and reassemble it on top of the Mapleton School, a one room school house still standing today. They worked hard on this project for hours. When they came down off the sharply peaked roof, they were met by Cal’s dad and the local sheriff. For all their jolly good fun, they had to bring the wagon back down, like they took it up, and reassemble it on the ground. Then they took it home!

This story dates back to 1900. While not too much was known about certain families in the early days, some good stories live on. It seems a Mr. Swaney died at the age of 56. In those days it was the custom for several members of the family to “sit up” with the deceased, that is to stay awake all night in the same room with the body. Being an unseasonably warm night, a window above the table where Mr. Swaney laid was opened a crack. Along into the wee hours of the night, the men keeping watch started to nod off and tilt back in their chairs. About that time a neighbor’s goose decided to stick its neck into the window and let out a horrendous bellow. It is said that in the mad scramble to get untangled from their chairs and get out, all three men got stuck in the doorway trying to get out of the room!

Another story dating around 1900 was told by Mr. Lyon. “Back in 1900 my Grandpa Lyon came from Sweden to settle on the land, and, of course farm. He needed money which he did not have to pay for the land. Mr. Hannah, the local lumber baron loaned him the money to pay for it. Grandpa agreed to work for Mr. Hannah at the sawmill. He walked to town six days a week to work off the loan on the farm of 40 acres. It took him two years. Then when Grandpa became more prosperous he loaned money to help the start of Rennie Oil Company in Traverse City!”

A local newspaper in Traverse City reprinted a story in 1986 that was first printed one hundred years earlier. It concerned an incident on a farm on the Peninsula. I quote the newspaper article. “Mr. Tompkins, the father of several of the neighboring farmers, while passing through a field owned by Mr. Brinkman, was attacked by a ram. He was knocked down and badly used up. Because he is an old man, his injuries may be serious.” According to one story Mr.Brinkman put a ram in his plum orchard to ward off the Tompkins families who Mr. Brinkman claimed were stealing his plums as they walked from their farm to the dock at Haserot Beach, and, were selling them to the ships that came in. Mr. Brinkman wanted to put a stop to that.

The story about the arrival of the Wilber family to the Peninsula is a good one. A son wrote about it. “After a long tiring trip we reached our destination. My father was to be the manager of the Illini Orchards Company which had 100 acres of orchards. This was March 1918. Mr. Marshall (a neighbor) told us that when we got our goods unloaded, we should come and have dinner at his house. He told us that while the house had been vacant, he had tapped the maple trees around the house to make maple syrup, and we would find a half dozen pails of sap in the house, which we could just dump out. After the goods were unloaded, Dad built a fire in the stove to warm up the house. A little later, my brother went upstairs and noticed that in one room the wall was warm and red. Dad rushed out to the woodpile and got an axe. He chopped into the wall and found fire. The water to the house had not yet been turned on, but we did have those pails of maple sap, which we doused on the fire to keep it from spreading. This gave us time to open up a rainwater cistern and dip out water to finish the job.”

Another good story happened on the Marshall farm, pioneers on the Old Mission Peninsula. One of the Marshall sons who now owned the farm, married an attractive school teacher named Grace, who ion the course of time was to have two more husbands. Grace so loved her farm that she always returned to the farm with her new husband. Grace never wanted to leave the farm, but as her health deteriorated, she was forced to go to a home in Traverse City. Shortly before she died in 1986, she asked to be driven to the farm one last time to say goodbye, such was her attachment to the beautiful spot. Leaving no heirs when she died, it was purchased by an owner who did not choose to live on the property.

When the Chowns bought the farm in 1994 the property had fallen into disrepair. They have put an incredible about of work into restoring the house and the barn. After moving into the house, and for several years thereafter, strange things kept happening to the home. This story is told by Rebecca Chown. “Household items would move around, strange noises would occur, and various lights as well as the stove would go on and off without any odd weather, or anything else, to account for the disturbance. Old timers on the Peninsula told us the house was haunted and that many tradesmen on the Peninsula refused to enter the home to work. While I am not a brave person, it was obvious that the presence in the house was friendly, one that simply wanted to be noticed. Little by little as we improved the home, the frequency of the strange occurrences decreased.

One day as a neighbor’s father was experimenting with a new metal detector at the Chown’s, he found a gold wedding band buried in the gravel driveway. (Remember Grace was married three times.) The gold band fit Rebecca’s finger perfectly, and after that there were no more signs of the ghost. The Chowns like to think that Grace is satisfied with them and can now rest in peace, since the love she felt for the farm is reflected by its current occupants.

Frances Carroll McCaw reminisced with fond memories of living on a farm on the Old Mission Peninsula. “In the 20’s a tall tower was built just down the road from our farm. It was called the Grand View Observation Tower, but was always known by the ‘natives’ as Frederick Tower. There was a pipe at the top of the tower running down to the ground where you could drop coins for the privilege of climbing the tower. (It was four stories high with a magnificent view of both bays on Old Mission Peninsula) The Carrolls would collect money at the end of the day. We used to gather at the tower. It became a social gathering place for young folks. There was a concession stand at the bottom of the tower. For 5 cents you could get pop, ice cream, or candy. Many downstate people came to climb the steps to the top of the tower. It was THE place to hang out after a long day of picking cherries. I was a bit of a rascal, and remember climbing to the top of the tower one time and drinking a coke and taking 2 aspirins. It was supposed to get you drunk. But I waited…..and nothing happened. It didn’t work!”

I will end with a story, probably a fable, about life ‘in the country’ when the roads were so often impassable that the early automobiles were not of much use, more of a nuisance. In the ’20’s those that were ‘lucky’ enough to have an automobile found the hilly terrain of the Peninsula made it hard for these vehicles to navigate. They were often forced to back up the hill as the lowest, and most powerful, gear was reverse!

In the spring the roads were deep muddy ruts, summer, it was dust, and in winter, well they were simple put in the barn up on cement blocks. As they ‘didn’t go in the snow’.