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How to start farming cattle

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Why to start farming cattle?

In Countries where there is lots of land and lack of food, starting a cattle breeding business can be a good way to enter a highly profitable market. It is important to invest in the production of high quality meat that is better suited for both local and international markets. Before start farming cattle:

Make sure you have:

  1. a big enough area where to keep the animals
  2. your favourite cattle breed
  3. fences
  4. feeding troughs
  5. farm equipment
  6. possibly a tractor

The first step is to decide the type of cattle you want to breed and the type of business you want to develop. In fact, before starting any activity, it is crucial to decide where you want to farm (the geomorphology and the climate of the area you choose will affect your success). After choosing the area, you would better purchase it or you may decide to rent. It is advisable to conduct some preliminary investigation on the type of soil and vegetation in that area, as well as everything else is needed to establish a profitable enterprise.

Then, you need to buy all the equipment that is necessary for the type of farming you decided to go (i.e. intensive or extensive, milk or meat). The type and amount of equipment you need will vary depending on the number of animals you are planning to have. Choosing the breed is secondary to the decision you made for you enterprise:

  • If you want to produce milk, you need dairy cows
  • If you want to produce meat, you need a breed suited for this purpose and well adapted to the environment where it will be living
  • If you need to use animals for work, then you must choose working breeds that are often suitable as two or three purposes together (milk, meat and work)

Choose very carefully! Start farming cattle, depending on the breed, you will need different facilities, machinery and related equipment. We’ll provide soon some useful information on the most common breeds, but you can start with searching on the internet what breeds better suit your needs. In general, dairy cows with good genetics are more expensive than those that produce meat. So, if you have a limited budget, it is advisable to buy few high quality animals (with good genetics) and possibly start with beef cattleChoose animals with a track record of high production performances, that look healthy and that can mate and give birth.

An important tip, for a successful business, is to have clear in mind what you want to accomplish. So, stick to your plan and from there you can establish the steps to move forward and achieve your big goals.

To farm cattle you need at least facilities with water, fences and feeders. Be sure to buy them before starting and bringing animals in. You must try to buy them at a reasonable price, perhaps by buying them at auctions or from other farmers that are disposing some old equipment. Buy only what you need in the immediate (as time goes on, and with the growth of your business, you’ll be able to buy the rest). Make sure you have fulfilled all the paper work with the competent authorities and issued all the permits and authorisations before starting your new business. Start farming cattle today and make updated by Farm4Trade blog.

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17 Comments. Leave new

  • Sweetness
    7 July 2019 22:33

    There’s a very good business advice to start farming thanks , I want to start cattle farming as soon as possible

    • Vera Arrizza
      8 July 2019 12:00

      Thank you for you feedback! Hopefully our various articles about cattle farming, nutrition and animal health will be useful for starting your new business.

    • hi i want to start a cattle field.
      i am student i want to get start up
      will you join us

      • I’m interested in cattle farming specifically meat cattle, it’s has been my interest since childhood, I do not have capital nor the land,

  • Hello, I’m starting cattle farming soon. I would be very happy if you could send me some articles concerning cattle farming, nutrition and their health.

  • Siyabonga
    2 June 2020 7:17

    I want to start this business

  • Soon to start with cattle farming, I do own four hectors at a communal land. Need a bigger land so that I can grow bigger flock of around 200. I am ready to buy livestock to the value of R500 000 for starters. I did resign from work so that I can start farming, I will register with a reputable educational institution next to study BSC in Agricultural Science.

    • I would like to start cattle and sheep farming this year..I do own a big space ..I need some good advises

  • Laka Mado
    7 July 2020 14:36

    Hi there, very useful piece summarised accurately. I will be starting up new cattle to breed grow and supply to mining company kitchen. I needed a sample proposal or concept paper to make submission to the company.

  • Hi,what equipment needed when I start cattles for meat farming & very best cow for producing meat

  • The article is very helpful.

  • SBGROUP Nepal
    13 September 2020 10:22

    Thanks for the information. Great article with useful content regarding cattle farming.

  • Munkombwe Stanley
    10 October 2020 22:18

    Any advice on nutrition and type of grass for Nguni cattle?

  • I want to start goats farm business

  • nokuthula
    19 July 2021 13:43

    Hi i would like to start farming cows dairy milk breed how much do i need to start the business and which equipment do i need to start my business. I also need people who can invest on my business


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