making profit from livestock?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by animals1981, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. animals1981

    animals1981 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2008
    Other than huge animals like horses and cows which are risky.

    Is there any profit in other animals that are not in the meat deparment? like alpacas rare sheep breeds or goats? Would you see the profit right away? Are they easy to keep?
  2. tadpole98

    tadpole98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2012
    I would not recommend goats, we got some and are losing money big time. Unless you plan on starting a big commercial deal with goats, instead of just 20, theres really no money in them.
    you might make some money if you do dairy goats, which you can sell the milk and make something
  3. sebby

    sebby Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 11, 2012
    you can make money off alpacas but it would be a while before you see any profit.
  4. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    SE Michigan
    I think it all depends on your local market. I would recommend goats in my area, but the market here in SE Michigan is really good for them. Any 40 pound kid will bring between $60-$80 and around here there is a big demand for young dairy does too, they would bring you even more money especially is they're registered.

    I forgot to add that when I raise my replacement flock, I order twice the amount of chicks I need and sell them as laying pullets. You have to wait to get your income for 18 weeks, but I can raise my entire replacement flock for "free" by selling the surplus. (But I don't count the time involved in raising them as a cost because I enjoy it.)
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2013
  5. animals1981

    animals1981 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2008
    would u guys say beef cattle is more easy and realistic to make money from than alpaca or sheep?

    what about a large poultry farm? only issue would be predators when you free range.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2013
  6. miss heny

    miss heny Genetic Expert in learning Premium Member

    one word "Research!"

    Research what people like around your area, then search out price, feed cost here might not cost the same were you are at. And look up laws! More then once people have gotten in trouble because of that! One of the first ones that comes to my mind is this child that breed and sold rabbits to pet stores, and because he did;'t have a permit he got in big trouble.
  7. Gallus Sapien

    Gallus Sapien Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2012
    Dairy goat farms turn a good profit here in Wisconsin. Some areas only allow so many farms to keep production down, and this keeps milk prices up.

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