Raising your own livestock for food is a much healthier, humane and sustainable option than eating factory-farm meat. Industrial farms treat livestock as if they are inanimate objects and second-class citizens.
But animals, regardless if they are wild or domesticated, deserve to be treated “humanely”. Raising animals simply for human consumption is both a moral and ethical dilemma. As a response to the ever-worsening case of industrial livestock farming and its effect on human health and the environment, people are considering raising their own livestock for food.
Preparing for a Livestock Farm
The first step to ethically raising livestock is by building a warm, comfortable and spacious home for them. Some people would buy chicks and piglets from other homesteads while others rescue mistreated animals from a factory-farm in the area.
Either way, they are all living, breathing animals, and they deserve a home. If you plan to raise more than five chickens for eggs and meat, build a coop of appropriate length and width, where they can move around without having to fight for space.
If you are going to secure your farm with fencing, make sure the dimensions are suitable for the number of animals that you have. They should have enough space to graze or forage for food. Free-range chickens produce healthier, tastier eggs and meat, and the same goes for other animals. Cramping them in one coop can stress those chickens and increase their likelihood of developing diseases and infections.
Our rural fences and farm gates are varied enough to build any fenced-in grazing area that suits whatever livestock you raise. The materials are strong enough to keep the animals secure while allowing them to roam freely in a conducive environment.
Raising Your Animals
If you plan to raise pigs, this section shows how to properly raise, feed and groom them. You will encounter a few stumbling blocks as you go along, and if bad situations arise, you have to make the right decision before things get worse. For instance, if one of your chickens show symptoms of an infection, it is better to kill it right away instead of treating it. The only time you should feed an animal medicine is for de-worming.
The Proper Send Off
The animals you raised will provide you enough supply of meat for months to come. If you decide to consume the livestock you raised, do not feed it the night before. In the morning, the animal will be quite hungry, and will be more cooperative. This will make logistics easier for you.
You can take a fully-grown pig to a local butcher that you trust and have it butchered and sliced appropriately. You can even ask the butcher to make sausages out of the hog. Make sure that your butcher has a good reputation in your locale so switching does not take place. It’s best to make sure that you’re really bringing home meat products from the pig you raised.
Raising your own livestock for food can be a challenge at first, but once you get the hang of it, you will realize how rewarding an advocacy it is. To know more about the rural fences and farm gates we provide to help you build a healthy and “humane” environment for your animals, contact us today.
Back to blog post list