CATTLE REARING, HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR PROFIT THROUGH MINIMIZING YOUR COST OF PRODUCTION
One of the most important factors in cattle rearing aside from disease control and prevention. Feeding is the most singular factor that requires heavy investment by the farmer.
In order to have a healthy and well-fed cow with appreciable weight gain within the shortest possible time. The farmer has to provide his cow with a well-balanced diet, highly nutritious hay, and silage.
To achieve this feat, the farmer has to make some deliberate well-planned efforts and decisions on how to maximize his profit. And minimize his cost of production as regarding the feeding of his cow.
When it comes to cattle rearing not everybody is that fortunate or rich to own a cattle ranch. A large expanse of land for grazing cattle.
Land is a major capital requirement when it comes to production costs. Especially where land is scarce and there is always a conflict between the farmers and cattle herders for the few available land.
CATTLE REARING YIELD BETTER RESULT WHEN DONE IN CONFINEMENT
Rearing your cows in a confined environment is a good way of practicing cow fattening. Such as a shed or stable which translate to practicing zero grazing becomes inevitable.
For you to be successful in cattle rearing using zero grazing. You have to take advantage of the available local resources. Feed that is abundant in your environment and locality.
Apart from the raining season where you have abundance of green vegetation. Most cattle feed are in great abundance during certain period of the year.
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For instance in the northern part of Nigerian, cassava peels, yam peels, cowpea hay, groundnut hay are used extensively in cattle rearing. Hay from other crops that is love and relish by cows are available in large quantity.
You can take advantage of this season of the year to buy in large quantity, stockpile it in your barn.
When you visit the hinterland and villages a lot of our rural farmers have these hay in abundance after harvest, without proper storage of the feed, most times they allow it to waste.
You can take advantage of this situation to visits such villages to either gather the hay with their permission or buy it at a low price.
You can interact and make friends with some of the villagers that are involve in cattle rearing, to lease you some land. That was actually what we did, we planted some crop for the sole purpose of obtaining quality hay for our cows.
If you really want to succeed in cow production and fattening. You have to interact and establish genuine relationship with those succeeding in the business.
To acquire certain knowledge and basic rudiments in cattle rearing business such as. The type of feed they used that yielded good result. Method of obtaining and storing feed that will last all year round.