Animal Husbandry involves the day-to-day care, selective breeding and raising of livestock for meat, fibre, milk, eggs, or other products. Husbandry has a long history, starting with the Neolithic revolution when animals were first domesticated, from around 13,000 BC onwards, antedating farming of the first crops. For animals to be well taken care of, various equipment is required such as. If you are planning to engage in animal husbandry or have already begun, feel free to browse below and view various good quality animal husbandry equipment available in Zambian stores.
Equipment used to handle cattle - Sorting poles and rattle paddles are useful handling tools for you to sort the animals. As you herd the cattle, you might need to sort them for some reason. For example, if you need to separate calves from cows or heifers from steers.
Different farm tools e.g. hoe, cutlass, spade, shovel, rake, pickaxe, wheelbarrow, fishing nets, hook and line, baskets, watering troughs, feeding troughs, etc.
Becoming a cattle, sheep or pig farmer is a viable option for those who want to make a living out of their love for working on the land and providing goods from nature’s bounty. You will need to have a good business head on your shoulders, as well as knowledge of how to care for livestock. You will also need to know which equipment to purchase for your farm, a list of which is outlined below.
Finding a feed mixer for sale should be at the top of your to-do list. A feed mixer will shred and mix all kinds of products to get a soft and unified ration for your livestock to easily consume. Feeding equipment also makes the distribution of feed easier and more efficient.
If you intend on keeping large livestock, such as cows, horses or sheep then having a trailer to transport them with is vital. Buying your own trailer will save you from having to hire one each time you need to haul your animals.
A corral system
In order to keep your cattle or sheep from moving around at inappropriate times, you will need a corral system. This is a small enclosure which you can put up in the middle of a field, at the top of a grazing patch or under a section of trees for shade from hot weather.
Waterers and water tanks
Large livestock need large amounts of water, so a waterer and water tanks are absolutely vital pieces of equipment for your farm. Cows and horses are very large animals, so you will need to have enough water tanks to manage their needs.
A manure spreader
Keeping livestock means that, sooner or later, you will need to use a manure spreader. This is a handy piece of equipment to have as whether or not your animals spend most of their time out in a pasture, manure piles up quickly.
If you are going to be farming cattle, a headgate is one of the most vital pieces of equipment you will need. It should be sturdy, safe, easy to operate and quiet while in operation. A headgate is used to hold cattle in place while they are branded or if a vet needs to examine them. Farming livestock can be highly profitable if you have the correct know-how and equipment. The most important pieces you will need for a successful farm are a feed mixer, water tanks and waterers and a headgate.