Livestock: Overview

livestockThe Florida livestock industry includes various livestock from Pensacola to Miami. On average small livestock farms average $50,000 per year or less and/or have 50 acres or less.

When you are considering a livestock enterprise some key questions to ask yourself about owning animals are:

  • Do I have the appropriate amount of land?
  • Do I have the appropriate amount of knowledge to care for the animal?
  • Do I have the right amount of time and labor for livestock?beef

Some other important issues a livestock producer has to deal with are marketing, herd health, nutrition, parasites, pasture management, regulations, and interstate and intrastate travel. Small farmers also need to be as aware of biosecurity risks on their farms as commercial operations.