raising livestock

Asked April 13, 2020, 1:37 AM EDT

Hi there, We will like to use 5-10 acres to raise livestock. does your program offer any help to get us started. we have no experience in doing it. Thank you, Jing DiPiero

Washington County Oregon

3 Responses

Thanks for your question.

Please start off by reading the publication What Can I Do With My Small Farm. https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/ec1529_0.pdf

Do you know what type of animals you'd like to raise? That will help determine how to manage your pasture. A main consideration is having enough room for the number of animals on the land.

Here's a resource on Rotational Grazing for Livestock. Rotational Grazing: Livestock Systems Guide

Here is a Sheep Production Guide that outlines management practices to help sheep producers achieve greater productivity. Includes a sheep management calendar. Discusses flock management, lamb management and nutrition, how to calculate adjusted weaning weight, how to address lambing difficulties, and artificial rearing of lambs. Covers health management practices related to parasites, diseases, and abortions.

You can find other livestock resources on the OSU Animals and Livestock page: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/animals-livestock.

Dear Heidi,

Thank you for responding to my questions. We are thinking about swine, maybe starting with 50 first. Is there a step-by-step guide to help us?

Thank you!
Jing

OSU has an article on pasture raised pigs titled Pigs: Home on the Range? This article provides information about nutritional needs of hogs.
https://extension.oregonstate.edu/animals-livestock/swine/pigs-home-range

ATTRA's is an organization that provides resources on sustainable agriculture, here is their page on raising hogs.
https://attra.ncat.org/topics/hogs/

Visit this Penn State University webpage on raising pigs: https://extension.psu.edu/raising-small-groups-of-pigs

I'd recommend looking for books on raising pigs and talking with neighboring farmers that are raising pigs.