Small Scale Farming: Necessary Items

Not all farmers need to own rolling hills and fields that stretch as far as the eye can see. Some can be small scale farmers, focused on a single product such as only livestock or only grain or vegetable produce. No matter what kind of farmer you are, there are some things that you absolutely need to get. Here are some of them:

Good Livestock
If you choose to have an animal farm, then there are some animals that you cannot afford to miss. Look for cows, chickens and sheep for sale at http://www.farmtender.com.au/categories/livestock/sub_categories/sheep-ewes/listings, especially if you have the land to graze these animals in. Cows can give milk all year long, and any calves they produce can be sold on again. The milk can fill your own stomach as well as being the key ingredient in all kinds of dairy products such as butter and cheese. Chickens give eggs daily if handled right so they provide a daily income that can patch up any problems in milk production among cows. Finally, if you have the space to rear sheep, they can provide wool once a year which can then be sold on for a large sum. If you are planning to rear livestock, do not pass on these three kinds of animals.

Security and Safeguards
Once you have decided on the type of farm you want, you will need security. Fields will require fences and a scarecrow to keep out birds and other wild animals that may destroy the crop. Animals also need safeguarding so make sure that each pen and barn has doors that lock. It is also a good idea to invest in working dogs for sale or for adoption. Raise one from a puppy and teach it to herd sheep, guard the house and animals etc. If you can afford it you may invest in a security system as well. Since livestock and farming equipment are usually the most valuable things on a farm, if you can protect those then you should be fine.

Plants and Agricultural Additives
If you opt for a farm that focuses on plants and produce, then it is imperative that you find a reliable supply of seeds or a supplier of such. You will also need fertilizers and pesticides to increase your yield. If your stock of seeds get spoiled or do not take root properly, then you may set yourself back months trying to recover that harvest. Therefore it is important to invest in it properly. Once the vegetables or grains have taken root, you will need fertilizer to ensure that they produce enough of a harvest to match the demand and other insecticides and pesticides to protect the crop from pests.

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