Livestock farming refers to the planned and controlled rearing of animals for human use and/or leisure.
Animals are not necessarily the large domesticated species like cattle and horses only, but include everything that represents a living creature and can be cultivated for its usage for such purposes as beef, pork, game meat and chicken as well as for its products such as eggs, milk, manure, skin, manure, honey and medical products such as insulin and antibodies. Livestock may also be reared for leisure purposes.
It is our hope that we will be able to inspire our members to venture into livestock enterprises which make use of modern technologies and Climate-Smart Agriculture to produce products for modern day needs as a profitable business.
In the face of climate change, our farmers are continuing to meet a variety of challenges, which they have to overcome or manage in order to produce enough of whatever they are rearing at a profit and in a manner which reduces or reverses greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change has several effects on livestock, inclusive of heat waves (increasing vulnerability to diseases, reduction in fertility and reduction in milk yield), reduction in pasture and feed supplies, increase and/or emergence of new parasites and diseases which affect livestock (increases health risks to humans as more medicines are administered to animals), lack of water to drink which will lead to poor health (and inadequate water for aquatic animals) and a reduction in the quality of pasture and feed crops due to increased levels of carbon dioxide (despite increased rates of plant growth from high levels of carbon dioxide and high temperatures).
Marine animals are threatened by temperature-based outbreaks of marine diseases, disruption of their migratory and reproductive behavior by the change in seasons and extremes of weather. Some marine species populations may also dwindle, while others balloon in populations due to temperature fluctuations.
Our current thrust in livestock farming currently covers:
You will find instructional manuals on how to farm these animals under difficult and varying climatic conditions as well as their live marketing, slaughter, processing, packing and marketing of processed products.
While it may be profitable to farm livestock only, we wish to advise our members that it is best to integrate other enterprises to even-out cash flows as well as reduce production costs, where the product or by-product of one enterprise can be an input to another enterprise. Due to climate change, we also encourage them to adopt a holistic approach in running their farm enterprises, accessing other vital information on the site about other enterprises and processes which they can integrate into their operations, to set up a viable balanced and profitable climate-smart agro-enterprise.
Climate change will not distinguish between smallholder and commercial farmers, therefore every farmer must understand the basics and take advantage of climate change to roll-out a profitable agribusiness that is not only resilient but sustainable enough to deal with the global crisis at hand.
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