FREE Tips, Resources & Information To Starting Up & Running Your Own Cattle Farming Business
Cattle farming business is a very lucrative business. It is a very versatile and as a result …. cattles are regarded as a profitable livestock alternative for enterprising individuals.
The business of cattle farming is much more than just learning about rearing cattle.
Its more than just finding a land somewhere in the middle of the dessert and you feeding and taking care of the cattle
Running a cattle farming business could be very rewarding if you have the right skills, knowledge and resources to get the business done the right way.
Below are some of my tips, resources and tools that I think might be of benefit to you….especially if you are just getting started in the cattle farming business.
The resources might also be of benefit if you are thinking of growing your own cattle business.
If you require some more information on setting up and running your own cattle farming business… you can use the form below to register your interest in getting some more information on the business of cattle farming.
It would be good to read your own experiences with cattle farming especially if you currently own and operate a cattle farm…
The more information we share… the bigger and better our businesses are likely to be and the more money you are likely to make from your business
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If you are just starting out… we would also love to read and share your concerns
Here are some of my compilations of tips on how to successfully start up your own profitable cattle farming business.
Cattle Farming – Why Invest In Cattle Farming As A Business?
The business of cattle farming is very versatile and the produce of cattle is also very versatile… so there is much more to the business than producing meat.
You can raise cattle not just for meat, but also for other purposes.
Cattle can be raised and used as
- livestock for meat (beef and veal),
- dairy animals for milk and other dairy products
- draft animals (oxen or bullocks) for pulling carts, plows and the like.
- show animals for show fairs and local events
You can also get other products from them such as leather and dung for manure or fuel.
The insides of the cattle can also be used as an ingredient for cosmetic and hair maintenance products, while the hides are used as materials for leather products like shoes and bags.
Cattle meat can also be made into ground beef for sausages or burger patties, ribs, steaks, and roasts.
Cattle Farming – Understanding the Basics About Cattle Farming
Here are some basic terms that you might come across in the business… It’s better you understand the terms so you understand what people are referring to when you come across the terms
The word Cattle is used to refer to a group of cows
Male cattle are called bulls, females ones are called cows and the young ones are called calves.
Cows are mainly herbivorous animals… so they eat grass and they turn it into protein to gain body mass
There are different kinds of cattle.
Some are farmed because they make lots of milk and others because they are good meat.
The meat produced from cow is called beef
Dairy Cattle Farming
The diary farms are mainly set up to produce milk…
if this is an area of the cattle farming business that you are interested in… you will need to understand the hows and whys of the milking process and also how to source the types of cows that are most suitable for diary production
Below is a small video clip of the milking process
Milking Procedures for Maximum Milk Quality
Beef Cattle Farming
The beef cattle farms are mainly set up to grow cattle for meat.
If you are interested in producing beef cattle for the market.. you will need to keep different kinds of cattle to those on a dairy farm.
Beef Cattle Procedures
Cattle Farming – The Life Cycle Of Cattle
Cows are ready to mate and have young ones when they are about 9 months old.
After mating with a bull a cow is pregnant for about 9 months before giving birth to the calf. The calf drinks its mother’s milk.
Cattle Farming – What Type Of Work Is Involved?
Raising cattle is not a 9-5 week-day-only job. It’s a 24/7/365 day job. Cattle are not animals that care about you or know when christmas is nor will they worry.
Raising cattle requires a lot of knowledge and patience.
it’s not a get rich quick type of business….
- Manure management (cleaning out corrals, spreading manure out on pastures/fields)
- Follow annual herd health programs for calves, cows and bulls
- Watch for sick or injured animals
- Keep an eye on calving cows and heifers
- Assist with cows/heifers having problems calving
- Raise orphan calves or try to assist with getting a cow or heifer to accept her or an orphan calf
- Put the bulls in with the cows at the right time of year
- Separate bulls when breeding season ends
- See which cows come up open after the bull has been in with them during a period of time
- Wean cows and calves
- Cull open cows, crazy heifers/cows/bulls, cows/bulls/heifers with health problems, past calving problems, cows/bulls/heifers with bad conformation
- Sell calves and culled animals
- Pasture management (rotating pastures, keep an eye on grassland health, etc.)
- Financial management (selling and buying cattle, buying supplies and other things for fixing things
- Fix machinery and vehicles when they break down
- Maintain handling facilities and fences
- Cut, rake and bale hay
- Maintain buildings and equipment
- Other things including milking cows (for dairy farmers); timing cows’ heat periods for AI program (for both beef and dairy farms), planning next winter grazing period, planning next year’s MIG system, etc.
so if you are looking for a business… where you can put your feet up and relax….
then the cattle farming business might not be for you
You need to put in the work and you will get the reward… in massive returns on your investment and respect from your bank manager
The best way for you to start is by having a solid start to a small enterprise.
Everything else would surely fall in place if you keep focus set on expanding your business and not only profits.
How To Start Up A Profitable Cattle Farming Business
CARRY OUT A FEASIBILITY STUDY BEFORE YOU START
First thing first….
You must carry out some sort of feasibility studies before you ever get into this business.
You cannot just venture into cattle farming business without studying the necessary requirements or cost that is involved in starting and running a cattle farming business.
It is better to carry out a proper and detailed feasibility study in order to determine the practicality of the cattle farming business in your area, the financial implications of running the business and the cost of raising cattle before you start.
It’s no good if you have invested a lot of money and time in setting up a cattle farming business only to discover that there is not even a prospect of making money in your tagetted area of making money
Remember this fact… (a simple fact that most new entrepreneurs tend to mix up).
… Just because people “want” the product you intend to offer them … does not necessarily mean there is a “demand” for your product.
“Demand” is only when the potential buyer has the “means and ability” to pay for the goods that s/he wants”… as opposed to “want” where the potential buyer is interested in buying and using your product but does NOT necessarily have the means or ability to purchase your product.
Find Yourself A Good Cattle Supplier To Buy From
The survival of your cattle farming business and the level of profitability of your business will depend heavily on the stock of calf that you purchase to start your cattle farming business.
It is therefore of enormous importance that you find yourself a good supplier where you could purchase good quality stock.
Look for a supplier where you can get your first set of cows and calves; you need to use all the options that you know so you will be getting good breeds in raising your cattle business.
Get A Business Plan In Place For Your Cattle Farming Business
You must develop a Business Plan for your cattle farm.
A Business plan will help you focus.
In planning you need to consider first on which sector of beef industry you want to get involved with.
This will help you to set-up your goal and at the same time it will be easier for you to list up your basic needs in preparing your tools and equipments that are necessary. You will clear goals to survive in this business.
“Failing to plan”…as they say is already a decision on your path to fail!!!
Plan Your Cattle Business
There are various factors that can affect your cattle business …
You therefore need to plan carefully to ensure the survival and profitability of your cattle business.
Failing to plan translates directly to planning to fail therefore sufficient and accurate planning is crucial before you start up a cattle rearing business.
Planning for your cattle farm is not a one-time event but a continuous approach that aims to align planned expectations with actual outcomes.
You can massively reduce the risk by getting yourself some serious education on lifestock farming and cattle farming
You will find below some additional sources of information on cattle farming books to read and some training manuals to buy.
Have A Budget In Place For Your Cattle Farming Business
You need to have a budget so as to know exactly how much you have and how much you will need to start up and run your cattle farming business.
You need to have a start-up capital to develop and maintain the business for the first couple of months before you rally start to make money.
You will also need money to pay for expenses related to cattle, materials, housing, feed, health care and maintenance.
If you dont have the full money to start up… you might want to raise money from various sources to start the business or take on partners that you can do the business with
Find A Good Location For Your Cattle Farm
Ideally you would want to locate your cattle farm in an area that meets some of the following conditions
- Close to the market you want to sell to
- Close to the raw materials that you willl need to run the business
- Excellent transport links so you can easily transport your cattle to market and your customers can easily visit your farm
- Easy for staff and customers to get to
- Good quality land that has not been contaminated
The botttom line is you want to locate your cattle farm in an area where you want to raise cattle for the next 5 to 10 years.
This is important because you need to find a location that you really like and are confident you can raise your animals in.
You should also consider that factors such as climate, seasonal variances, markets, vegetation and topography are important factors to consider before choosing the location of your farm.
Once you start your business moving around would not be too easy so its best you find a long-term suitable area.
Find Suitable Land That Is Up For Sale
Once you’ve made a decision where you want to start up, find land that is up for sale.
Keep in mind that you may need to get a mortgage to buy the land you wish to buy.
If you do not have enough money to buy the farm outright… you might want to consider leasing land on a long term basis.
- Land prices tend to increase in areas where there is a higher population, or land is in higher demand than in other areas.
- Also note it is highly recommended to buy a farm or ranch that already has the facilities and fencing laid out for cattle than buying a farm that needs to be converted into the one of your dreams.
Understand The Financials Of The Cattle Farming Business
Analyse your plan and your financial situation to see what you need, not what you want for current facilities, equipment and machinery.
Fencing, watering facilities, feed bunks/troughs or bale feeders is priority above all other assets needed.
A tractor, haying equipment, trailer, handling facilities and other buildings are also important depending on you and the proposed size of your business.
Keep in mind that starting up with and raising dairy cattle is much more time consuming and costly than with beef cattle, and there are more equipment requirements for dairy than beef to realize quality production and profit as well.
Determine the amount of pasture that will be required for the breed of cattle that you have selected. Decide whether the land you already own is sufficient or if you will need to purchase or rent additional pasture.
- Determine whether you will be growing hay for the cattle yourself or purchasing it. Make sure that you use only the highest quality hay that you can afford.
- Keep in mind that feed costs comprise almost 26% of the cost of raising cattle. Having sufficient acreage in the summer months for the cattle to graze on reduces those costs immensely, as does raising higher quality hay. Also keep in mind your plans for grazing, such as winter grazing if you don’t want to get caught up in buying or making hay all the time. Winter grazing plans differ from area to area, so be aware of your options.
Educate Yourself On The Business Of Cattle Farming
If you are really serious about starting up your own cattle farming business… you will need to educate yourself!
You can do this by reading books, attending start up seminars on cattle farming and checking out valuable sites
Here’s a list of some of the top recommended books on cattle farming that you might want to take a look at:
Top Recommended Selling Books On Cattle Farming:
Keep Good Records For Your Cattle Business
You will need to have a system in place to take good care of your record keeping for your cattle farming business
You will need to keep good records of your business finances, records on breeding/calving, health/vaccinations, purchases/sales, and assets in your operation.
The most important records are your financial records, because these records determine whether your operation is giving you net income or loss
Cattle Farming – what Next?
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