The Most Profitable Livestock to Raise In Your Farm

There’s no doubt that raising livestock is a profitable business but it has to be taken serious. Raising livestock is a full time job that requires dedication and a lot of investing. You will have to spend money on buying your livestock, feed, equipment, land, labor and veterinarian expenses. But that shouldn’t discourage you from raising livestock because the rewards will cover all those costs and give you profits.

Almost all types of livestock can bring you profits when done right but in this article we will cover how to raise chickens, goats and cattle just to get you started.

– Chickens

Chickens are no doubt one of the easiest livestock to raise which is why a lot of people are raising them. Organic chicken meat and eggs have a high demand in the markets. Chicken products can easily be marketed to local stores and sold to friends or neighbors.

The nice thing about raising chickens is that you don’t need a lot of space to raise them and they also eat less when compared to other livestock. Just build them a simple chicken coop where they can sleep and lay some eggs. And also make sure you give them food and water on daily bases.

– Goats

Goat meat is eaten by almost 70% of the world’s population. Goat meat is also in demand in the United States which mostly imports the meat. This means that there is room for local farmers to raise goats for meat and fill the need.

But not only can you raise goats for meat, goat milk is high in demand as well. Reason being it has a lot of proteins then cow milk and is used to produce a lot of products like candy, yogurt and soaps. The fur can be sold as well to produce cloths and bags.

Raising goats requires that you first build a pen for them to rest and be protected. Some grazing land is required as well for them to eat grass and other plants. Also make sure you make regular checkups on them for illnesses and pregnant ones.

– Cattle

There’s no doubt that cattle have a large market not only in the United States but all over the world. They are relatively low-maintenance livestock with their organically raised beef and milk in high demand.

In order to raise cattle you have to have some large land for them to graze and eat grass. You also have to supply them with lots of water because they drink a lot of water not only to survive but to digest the food they eat.

How Can I Make Money With Farm Livestock?

Business minded people are constantly asking how they can make money raising livestock. The answer is it is very much possible to make money from livestock farming. A lot of people became livestock farmers to make money from their livestock.

There are various ways to make money from livestock, you can raise livestock for meat production, you can raise livestock for milk production, you can raise livestock for egg production and you can breed livestock and sell the livestock to other livestock farmers.

Below we are going to cover in detail two types of livestock you can start raising for money. The two types of livestock you will learn to raise are goats and cattle.

Pigs:

In these days and times people have to think smart in coming up with ways to make some money. One way you can start making money is raising goats. Raising goats is quiet simple to do compared to raising chickens and other types of livestock. They can do well on their own provided they have some shelter, pasture and water.

Goat milk is a contender in the milk production field. A lot of people are beginning to favor goat milk over cow milk because it has more nutrients and is easier to digest. You can tap into his market by supplying goat milk which can also be used to make soaps and lotions.

Besides raising goats for milk you can also make money from raising goats for meat. Goat meat is very delicious and is rear to find. The United States imports a lot of its goat meat thus giving space for local farmers to provide for this market and make serious money.

Cattle:

Raising cattle for profits can bring high returns in investment. But raising them requires you to have some patience because cattle take time to grow to a point where they can be slaughtered or produce quality milk.

There are lots of ways to make money from raising cattle besides producing meat and milk. Cattle skin can produce quality leather that is used to make leather cloths, bags and shoes just to name a few. Their dung is rich manure that can be used as fertilizer or be transformed into fuel.

For your cattle to produce quality products you have to make sure they are healthy. To keep your cattle healthy means you have to have a clean farm and have a vet come check on them for illnesses every once in a while. Your cattle have to be feed well and given clean water to drink. Just remember that the quality of your cows depends on their health and weight.

South American Travel – Otavalo Market & Craft Villages of Ecuador

Two hours north of Quito Ecuador, settled in a green valley surrounded by high Andean peaks is the colorful town of Otavalo. This area may have become yet another region noted as the Switzerland of Ecuador, were it not for the highly talented indigenous population who have discovered a way to create a modern business while preserving their cultural heritage – these people and their culture give the Otavalo Valley it’s unique flavor.

The Otavalo people were known both to the Spanish and the Incans before them as the most talented weavers in the realm. On Saturdays people would come from throughout the region to Otavalo to buy or trade for what they needed – swapping a llama for new clothes for the family or a basket full of tropical fruit for a new saddle.

During the colonization of Ecuador, the Otavalo Valley and its people were incorporated into the Hacienda System. The King of Spain deeded extensive land holdings to the most important families of the county. The indigenous people were permitted to remain on the land under the protection of the local hacienda owner and provided with food and clothing in exchange for working the lands and producing handicrafts. Life during this time was not easy as many of the hacienda owners were cruel and the local people were treated as slaves.

Otavalenos are a proud people continued their rituals and passing them down from generation to generation – some of which melded and mixed with traditions learned from the Spanish, but always remaining uniquely their own. The Otavalonos are very distinctive many still speak Quecha and dress in their traditional clothing. Men can be identified by their white calf-length pants, blue ponchos and have long pigtails, and felt hat. Women wear long layered skirts, white cotton blouses adorned with ornate embroidery, rows of beaded necklaces and bracelets, a variety of hats and woven cloth tied over the shoulders to carry babies, or other items.

Over the centuries these local people and their traditions have not changed. However during the land reforms of the 1960’s and 1970’s the wealthy Hacienda saw their lands divided, gone were the huge estates with thousands of workers. The government granted smaller farms to the indigenous people. After years of hard work, the local people had their own farms and villages and a new era began.

Yet, as many of the world’s cultures began to disappear and those unique cultural identities seemed to meld into an everyday world of Levis and Nike – the crafty Otavalo people discovered a way their culture would survive and could be passed down to future generations. They didn’t change; instead they opened their market and workshops to tourists who were in search of their own National Geographic like vacation experience.

Rather than resorting to modern machinery where most items are produced in a matter of seconds or minutes – the way of the Otavalenos continued an age-old practice where a single textile may take weeks. The process begins with creating the yarn, dying it to the select shade, then weaving by hand one color at a time to create the perfect poncho. Visitors are welcomed into the dirt-floored workshops to gaze in awe, as master weavers would create works of art.

The villages of the surrounding valley with similar practices opening up their workshops so the public could see artisans produce everything from musical instruments, to woodcarvings, to leather goods and felt hats. The Haciendas too opened their doors as a luxury hotel option to visitors wanting to explore this unique area and the ways of a by gone era.

The handicrafts of the Otavalenos and nearby villages are available at the local workshops as well as Otavalo Market everyday. Saturdays, is the biggest day and early morning hours you will surrounded by local people many dressed in their traditional attire, the clucks of chickens, chattering of guinea pigs, and squeals of pigs of the livestock market. To see this part of the market you need to get there early because by 7am the sounds of the animals begins to fade into the distance as the market transforms gone is the straw colored hay and in its place are the bright reds, greens, purples and golds of the popular artisan market.

Combining a visit to the Otavalo market, local craft villages with a stay at a historic Hacienda is one of the most popular and rewarding cultural experiences for those visiting Ecuador or the Galapagos Islands.