Just about every household in the Philippines has a cat, dog, bird or other domesticated animals that they regularly bathe, feed and treat like a beloved friend and pet. There are also pet owners in this region that are focused solely on caring for exotic and wild animals such as the scorpion, iguana, and cobra among others. Understanding this, Filipinos are well-known pet lovers.
In addition to wanting pets, people raise animals to boost their life qualities or to essentially improve their earnings. Currently, lots of people both locally and internationally take part in the raising of livestock in order have food security, a stable and consistent supply of what they need, and extra money. Much like having your own vegetable garden on your property, raising animals can be very financially rewarding, if it’s done properly.
Livestock are animals that you can raise in your own backyard, whether for food or for work. Among these are swine (hogs and pigs), quail, ducks, chicken, carabao, cows, and goats. The types of animals that are chosen and raised are largely dependent upon the types of environments that they will be raised in. The skin and meat of animals like these command some of the highest prices at market. Even by-products from these animals can be used to make excellent fertilizers. With the ample amount of perseverance and patience that Filipinos possess, raising livestock continues to be a very sustainable and profitable practice.
If you’re currently raising chickens in your backyard, then you likely know that by doing so, you can earn a considerable amount of money by selling the eggs that your chickens produce and even the chickens. This would be your payoff for all the hard work that you invested in creating and running a small chicken farm. This is a very clear example of some of the benefits that can be gained by raising livestock.
As per the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, in 2005, the livestock industry had a production value of P800 billion. This is a staggering amount that has led to the development of allied industries that are also producing pesos in the billions. Among these are feed milling, distribution, and marketing the manufacture and sale of veterinary supplies and drugs, fresh meat and many other industrial and cosmetic goods.
Through these industries, jobs are produced in the hundreds of thousands that range from small farmers of backyard livestock (which comprise the bulk of livestock raiser) to jobs within the poultry farms and other areas of commercial livestock or any of the allied industries.
Livestock is playing a very vital role in the growth and success of our rural and agricultural economies. In addition to the direct production of food, this also supplies key inputs into crop agriculture. Many typical farms are simply too small in size to necessitate ownership or use of a tractor and thus, the common alternatives are human labor and animal power.
Lots of small-holder farmers find that livestock are their sole source of available cash for investing in the inputs that are necessary for boosting their output such as fertilizers, seeds, and pesticides. Livestock income is always spent on the items that farmers are unable to make on their own. These expenses also include school fees. Cropping income is very seasonal, with the majority of these monies coming in right after harvest.
Conversely, small stock, with their remarkably high rates of both growth and reproduction, can serve as a fairly consistent source of income from the related sales. Cattle and other larger animals are viewed as capital reserve, which gets built up in times of plenty and can be used when crops fail to meet expectations or when families are dealing with major or unexpected expenses such as hospital bills or weddings.
More than any of these things, you have to think about which type of animals you should care for. To start, you will need to choose young animals, which will invariably prove heartier and more productive than animals that are older. You also want to choose active animals that have smooth, soft hides and bright eyes. Third, choose animals that are big and heavy compared to other animals of their age, with shoulders that are well-developed and that are capable of standing on their feet. Finally, the best choice in breeders will be animals with robust appetites, good body builds, and broad chests.