One unique way to increase your farms sustainability

One way to increase the sustainability of your farm is to increase the biodiversity of the animals you are actually farming. The appropriateness of animals farmed will depend upon several things, including:

  1. Matching the type of animal with the property’s capacity to sustain it (considering environmental and physical site conditions, as well as the impact which stock might have causing changes to those site conditions).
  2. Economic considerations (considering what potential exists to sell the produce, potential profit, competition, etc).

There are an ever increasing variety of animals which might be considered for farming.

 

Here are some possibilities you might not have considered:

Alpacas &/or Llamas (for meat and fibre)                     

Apiary (bees for honey and pollination of crops)

Aquaculture (for eating, for stocking purposes)

 Examples:

  • crustaceans (eg. crayfish)
  • shellfish (eg. Oysters)
  • fish (e.g. salmon, trout, redfin)

Cattle (different breeds)

Examples:

  • Highland
  • Bison (or "Beefalo" -bison and cattle cross)
  • Water buffalo
  • Miniature varieties

Camels (racing, rides, tourism)

Goats (for meat, fibre & dairy products)

Examples:

  • Angora
  • Boer
  • Cashmere
  • Dairy

Poultry & Game Birds

Examples:

  • Free range eggs and birds
  • Partridges
  • Quail
  • Pheasant
  • Guinea Fowl
  • Squab
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  • Ducks
  • Ostriches
  • Emus
Deer    (Velvet, leather, venison)

Sheep (for dairy products)

Earthworms

          Rabbits (meat & fibre)

 

If you want to learn more methods to increase your farms sustainability we recommend you study: Sustainable Agriculture