Is Your Farm Ready For Bigger Animals?

Maybe you have a big farm, or maybe you just have a small holding; either way, you need to be sure you’re ready to bring in some bigger animals. Just because you’ve got the money in the bank and the time to care for these creatures doesn’t mean you’re going to be perfectly capable of doing so!

It would be nice to expand your farm, wouldn’t it? To be able to shear your own wool, and get milk out of animals?

And so, we’ve got a couple of questions below for you to think over, before you make any decisions about sheep, cows, or horses. Do you research, and take your time, to ensure you can care for these animals properly.

Have You Got the Space?

There are all kinds of space requirements in the farming world. When you’ve got a chicken coop with hens to fill it, you’re not too worried about the amount of garden you’ll have left over.But when you want to bring a horse home, or you want to get a couple of sheep to look after, you need to have the grazing space suited to their needs. Depending on the type of land you’re working with, and of course, the climate you live in, you domestic farmyard animals are going to have different needs. But even so, at least 16 square feet is going to be needed to keep lambs, and the numbers only go up from there!

Have You Got the Equipment?

Now that you know you’ve got the space (or not), it’s time to look into your equipment needs. After all, not just any old thing will do when you’ve got a whole flock of sheep in check – it’s one of the main reasons why we bred dogs to do the herding for us!If you’re planning to bring a horse home, you’re going to need some equipment to use to take it out for a ride – not only is it good for you and the horse to bond, but it’s a good way to stretch their legs, and ensure they’re getting enough exercise. If you don’t have the space you’d really like for your horse’s paddock, this is a must!Look up the most trusted brands, and see if you can get your hands on pieces like Le Mieux. Even just a quick Google search will show you what kind of prices you’re looking at, and how often you’ll need to maintain and/or replace your items. You might want to work out a budget right now based on this preliminary information, and go from there with your plans.Your farm yard might be great for animals, or it might need a bit more work. Taking the time now to work out what state it’s in will help you to upgrade for the new year and beyond.

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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