Farming Cattle – 4 Simple Ways To Get Started in Raising Cattle

Much like the Facebook application, FarmVille, farming cattle can be quite a chore for farmers, since they need to spend all day tending to their cows. This is done alongside tending to other animals such as sheep, horses and other livestock which are either used as food or sold as goods. In the application, the farmer (which would be the Facebook user) uses money earned from harvesting milk from dairy cows and getting meat from beef cattle to buy more farm equipment, for farm expansion, and to meet other needs that the farm may have.

To avoid the fuss associated with building a farm for cattle, farming cattle can be done in a few simple ways:

1.    Know which kind of cattle or breed of cows is needed. There are over 800 different breeds of cattle, which are categorized into taurine cattle, the zebus, and the hybrids;
2.    Have enough money to buy every housing material, equipment, and feeds needed for the farm;
3.    Build fencing for the farm, either using wood or steel, and using electrical wirings to trap out any unwanted visitors; and lastly,
4.    Have enough money to buy the cattle, whether beef or dairy cattle. Since the cost of livestock is multiplying, it is cheaper to get them by the bulk than buying them one by one.

Knowing which type of cattle through the type of feeds they eat is simple. Grass-fed cattle are most likely the best type of breed for cattle since grass is easily accessible around any farming lot. Other than that it is easy to acquire, and easy to grow. Grain-fed cattle require fresh grain crops such as corn and other crops, which also provide other nutrients needed by the cows, especially if they are milking or beef cattle.

A basic farming requirement would be stalls that separate different breeds of cows – that is, those that eat hay and grass from those that require more sophisticated feeds – and fences that secure the whole area of the farm. Containers, pails, water supply, and feeding beds are needed to complete the farm and for you to start farming cattle for mass production.

Learning how to farm cattle shouldn’t be difficult if farmers have gained experience through previous farming work, and have experience working with animals. A basic knowledge about the cows’ lactation processes, when to tend the herd, when to feed and what to feed, is essential to have a successful farming cattle business. Improved ways of farming cattle have already been developed to meet the needs of farmers worldwide and many farmers have found alternative feeds and means for keeping their cattle healthy and well-fed.
Source by Tim Smith