Almost every family in the Philippines owns a dog, cat, bird, or any other domesticated animal which they feed, bathe, and treat as a lovable pet. While a few pet owners focus more on taking care wild and exotic animals like cobra, iguana, scorpion, and others. With that, Filipinos are confirmed animal lovers.
Except for just wishing to have pets, People rear animals as a way to increase their living or fundamentally to earn a big income. Today, many people, both in local and international, participate in Livestock Raising to have a secured supply of food, support their daily needs, and have an extra earnings. Identical to having a vegetable garden in the backyard, rearing animals prove financially rewarding if done in the correct way.
Livestock are animals raised in the backyard for work or for food. These comprise of chicken, duck, quail, hog or pig (swine), cattle (cow and carabao), and goat. These animals are elevated dependent on the kind of surrounding or environment. Livestock Raising is a sure source of food and clothing. The meat and skin of these animals command higher prices on the market. Even the by-products of these animals are a useful source of fertilizers. With the Filipinos’ patience and perseverance, livestock raising remains a profitable and maintainable business concern.
If you raise chickens in your backyard, you are probably aware that through this, you could earn a lot through selling the chicken’s egg and the chicken itself. This would stand as the reward for the hard work that you put into your mini chicken farm. This scenario clearly shows the benefits people get in raising livestock.
According to the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, the livestock industry in 2005 generated over P800 billion value of production. This staggering amount has produced allied industries worth billions of pesos as well. These comprise of, among others, feed milling, marketing and distribution, production of veterinary drugs and supplies, fresh meat output, and a multitude of other foods, cosmetics and industrial products. These industries generate many thousands of jobs -from the small backyard livestock farmers comprising the bulk of the raisers to the workers of the mass produced livestock or poultry farms and in all the allied industries.
Livestock plays a necessary role in the development and development of our agricultural and rural economies. Not just do they produce food directly, they in addition provide key inputs to crop agriculture. Most farms are too small to justify owning or using a tractor, and the alternatives are animal power or human labor.
For many smallholder farmers, livestock are the only ready source of cash to buy the inputs they should increase their crop production, like seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides. Livestock income also goes towards buying things farmers cannot make for themselves. And that includes paying for school fees. Income from cropping is highly seasonal, almost of it coming in precisely a few weeks after harvest. In contrast, small stock, with their high rates of reproduction and growth, can given a regular source of income from sales. Larger animals, like cattle, are a capital reserve, built up in fantastic times to be employed when crops are poor or when the family is facing large expenses, like the cost of a wedding or a hospital bill.
But above all these, you must also take some considerations in selecting the kind of animals you would wish to take care of. First, you should select young animals for they are more productive than older animals. You should likewise choose animals that are active, with bright eyes, and soft and smooth hides. Third, you should pick animals that are heavy and big for their age, well-developed shoulders, and can stand firmly on their feet. Lastly, animals with broad chest and good body built and appetite are good choice of breeders.