Know How / Other livestock

Deer farming has increased in popularity as demand for venison has soared and the UK is seeing more goat dairy and meat businesses.

This section looks at some of those other types of livestock farms, how they can be set up and managed.

Key areas of focus:

  • Diversification ideas including other livestock
  • Stock management advice
  • Information and costs on set up requirements
  • Housing needed for different livestock
  • Niche markets for alternative farmed products

Case studies

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GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Zero grazing helps dairy goat farmer to reduce concentrates

Zero grazing has allowed Irish dairy farmers Haske Knippels and Marion Roeleveld to increase milk production by 100 litres/day while reducing bought-in feed costs. Together, they milk 200 British Saanen…

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How a Cornish farm set up on-farm deer processing facilities

Cornish farmers Matt and Pip Smith are hoping to capitalise on soaring demand for British venison having recently launched their own branded meat company, Westcountry Premium Venison. New-Zealand-born Matt, a…

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How a young farmer developed a goatmeat business

Young farmer Chris Dickinson had always wanted to come home and farm after spending several years working in the farming industry – most recently at the NFU. But with uncertainty…

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Goats prove a viable meat business for farming couple

Damian and Meg McNamara decided to start breeding Boer cross goats to give themselves the best chance of growing their own viable livestock business. Previously they both worked full-time jobs while…

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How Aussie inspiration became a Devon deer farming success

Venison is fast becoming a very popular red meat. It is nutrient rich and high protein. The Scottish Venison Partnership (SVP) estimates that total annual UK venison outturn is now…

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How to make a profit from milk – with goats

Recording milking data using EID, reformulating rations and improving feed regimes has helped Monmouthshire goat farmer Gary Yeomans increase milk yields by 21% in the past 12 months. Last year…

Video: Deer farming in Latvia – why size matters

One of the largest deer breeding farms in Latvia opened its doors to EU farm ministers this week as part of a drive to promote organic farming. Latvia holds the…

Dairy goats can provide viable alternative income to cows

The goat milk sector is seeing real expansion, but it is not an easy option, bringing their own technical challenges. Milking goats may seem tempting to farmers facing the squeeze…

Deer are taking over from suckler cows at Hornby Castle

Less labour, less feed, less machinery and potentially more profit - four good reasons why deer are taking over from suckler cows at Hornby Castle, near Bedale, North Yorkshire, to…

Practical advice

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DIVERSIFICATION

What does it cost to set up a deer enterprise?

With venison being one of the few red meats seeing consumption grow in the UK, rising numbers of livestock farmers are looking into setting up a deer enterprise. Venison prices…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Advice for maintaining goat herd health

Commercial dairy goat farming is growing rapidly in the UK, but keeping herds healthy is a challenge when an animal with a naturally low immunity to disease is farmed in…

6 top tips for getting into milking goats

Higher milk prices are attracting many farmers into goat farming. Independent nutritionist Tom Chamberlain and vet Matthew Pugh from Belmont Vets, Hereford, share their top tips. 1. Be careful with…