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

Advice and tips

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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…

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FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Exciting research into dairy goats

We finished planting winter cereals in the first week of November and passed our annual cattle TB test the same week. This allowed us to sell some eight-month-old weaned calves…

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Farmer Focus: The simplest haytime I have known

What an almighty hash the prime minister made of the general election. She might not like live TV debates, but you can’t just fail to show up. As for that other…

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Farmer Focus: NFU involvement helps understand industry

After two years as county chairman for Monmouthshire NFU, I have handed responsibility to my vice-chairman Ian Williams. I have enjoyed the term in office, which has been made much…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Rain becomes fixture at summer shows

The Monmouthshire NFU Brexit consultation meeting, kindly hosted by dairy farmers Tom and Cath James, had a good turnout. The main concerns were whether the UK government will prioritise agriculture…

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Case studies

LIVESTOCK

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…

LIVESTOCK

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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Deer farming offers diversification opportunity

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…

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Community

FARMLIFE

Video: Goat pilates bring smiles to farmer and fitness fans

Goats are taking over at Laura Corbett’s farm on the Marlborough Downs, bringing a smile to the faces of this farming family after they endured some tough decision-making. Farming in…

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BUSINESS

Welsh sheep and goat inventory due before 1 Feb

Welsh farmers are reminded they must complete and return their 2018 Annual Sheep and Goat Inventory by 1 February. The form, which this year can also be completed online, is…

DEFRA consults on TB compensation for camelids

DEFRA has launched a consultation over plans to introduce a statutory TB compensation payment scheme for camelids at £750 per animal. At present, in England camelids are not covered by…

Vet watch: round-up of regional health issues

Emily RobinsonScarsdale Veterinary GroupDerby Bulk milk tank is a simple, inexpensive and effective way of gaining a picture of the herd level of certain diseases on your farm. These include,…

Call to boost venison production in Scotland

An appeal has gone out for more than 100 Scottish producers to diversify into deer farming in order to fulfill the growing demand for venison. Industry body Scotland Food and…

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FARMLIFE

Video: Goat pilates bring smiles to farmer and fitness fans

Goats are taking over at Laura Corbett’s farm on the Marlborough Downs, bringing a smile to the faces of this farming family after they endured some tough decision-making. Farming in…

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…

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