22 Profitable Animals You Should Raise • New Life On A Homestead (2022)

Looking for profitable animals you can raise? You’ve stumbled upon the perfect resource.

Mention raising animals for profit to anyone, and I’m sure that the first animal that they suggest will be chickens.

This is because chickens are perhaps the easiest animal to care for and make money from – and with so many people jumping on the backyard chicken bandwagon, it’s no surprise that chickens are at the top of our list of profitable animals you can raise.

However, there are many breeds of animals (besides chickens!) That is also good for earning some money. Each animal has its benefits and disadvantages that can affect its suitability for you – there’s no single best animal for everyone.

Let’s take a look at some of the other animals – not just chickens – that can be raised for profit.

1. Chickens

Ok, so this article isn’t just about chickens – but chickens do deserve their spot on the list!

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Chickens are some of the most popular animals you can raise for profit since they are multipurpose animals.

They’re relatively easy to care for and require minimal space. Just four square feet per hen in a chicken coop is all you need, with a bit more space outside including shelter for them to graze and a spot for them to lay their eggs.

Do some research before you invest in chickens so that you can find the ideal breed. This will help you maximize your income, as not all chickens are super productive.

There’s no need for buying too many specialized foods, as chickens will eat kitchen scraps, weeds, and any bugs they happen to find.

The constant egg production of chickens will ensure that you always have cash coming in. Eggs are constantly in demand, both for commercial food production, as well as in individual households.

Free-range, organic local eggs are incredibly popular, and can fetch premium prices. Fresh eggs often sell for up to $5.00 per dozen!

That’s not to mention chicken meat, either. Chicken meat is a popular product that can produce an eligible income. Certain breeds of chickens only need two months to grow before they’re ready to be eaten. Some meat chickens can fetch a price between $3.00 and $6.00 per pound.

And that’s not all that can be generated from raising chickens. Their manure is another popular product that can be sold to gardeners, as are their feathers.

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2. Cattle

The cattle market in the United States is massive at the moment, as in other countries.

Although cattle require slightly more land than chickens, they require little input. Plan on two acres for a pair of cows or one acre for a single grazing cow.

Cows also need a water source and a barn for the winter with hay to keep them fed when snow is on the ground. Shade for hot summer days, while they’re out on pasture, is also essential.

In return, cattle can provide you with several products.

One is milk. Milk can be sold or used to produce other value-added products like crema, butter, yogurt, and cheese. Milk, on its own, can be sold for about $8.00 per gallon directly, or to a store through a cooperative.

Steers can also be raised for meat to sell. Calves also sell, but you’ll find a better return on investment by raising animals to maturity.

When raising cows, food quality and animal conditions are important. Customers expect animals to be raised naturally and fed grass instead of grain.

This, of course, takes longer to get them to sale, however, you can sell meat from anywhere between $5 to $6 a pound or more.

To have an effective cattle-rearing operation, you’ll need a bull. When a bull is done with that “job”, there’s another income source you can explore – you can rent him out to other herbs to fulfill the same task.

This could earn you up to $200 per month. This is a great bonus when you consider that it can help pay for feed and housing.

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3. Goats

Once rare in the United States, goats are becoming more popular as profitable farm animals. Global estimates show that goat accounts for 65% of all red meat consumed, so you might not be surprised to hear that raising goats for meat can fetch you a pretty penny.

Goat meat is a profitable product since these animals are relatively small and inexpensive to raise. They don’t require large amounts of grazing area, either, since goats will eat just about anything.

Goat’s milk is another product that you can consider producing. It offers a variety of health benefits, easier to digest for many people as it is lower in fat and lactose. It’s ideal for individuals who suffer from dairy allergies or digestive problems.

Because goat’s milk is not always easy to find, it can fetch high prices – up to $4 a quart! If you take the time to gain organic certification, the price could be even higher.

As with cow’s milk, goat’s milk can also be used to make other value-added products like cheese. Again, these are often considered more healthy than dairy products.

You can even make natural bath products and cosmetics and lotions from goat’s milk. These offer anti-allergen and organic benefits.

While it takes some time and skill to make these products, it’s a worthwhile endeavor – a single bar of goat’s milk soap can sell for about $6 per bar.

The income potential for raising goats is vast, especially when you consider that you can also rent goats out to people who want to have overgrown areas cleared of their vegetation. Some people will pay $250 per day in order to have a herd of a dozen goats graze their land!

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4. Bees

Even humble honeybees have the potential to be raised for profit. They’re simple to raise as they don’t, unlike the other animals on this list, require daily tending. And in some cases, you may be able to get the bees for free.

You will need to invest in some equipment (which can be costly) such as hive boxes, a good pair of gloves, and a bee suit.

When bees swarm in the spring, you can place a mixture of five pounds of sugar water in the hive box feeder to attract them. You can then keep the bees for the long term on your property.

Honey is a natural alternative to sugar that can be used in many recipes. A small amount of honey ingested each day may also help people who suffer from seasonal allergies.

The demand for local, pure honey has increased tenfold over the last few years, and has seen prices rise to around $5 per gallon.

Another potential income stream provided by bees is the fee you can get by renting out the hives and the bees. Local food producers get hire beekeepers to rent their bees to pollinate crops.

Pollination can increase crop yields, making the average rental fee of $25 per hive – well worth the farmer’s trouble.

Honeycomb, too, is becoming more popular, especially in the culinary industry. This Is yet another product courtesy of the humble honey bee that can help you make a profit, often reaching prices of around $20 per pound.

5. Rabbits

Rabbits are absolutely adorable and can create significant income. They can be kept in simple hutches, requiring menial quantities of land. They eat a combination of store bought foods, and homegrown vegetables, weeds, and grass clippings.

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Rabbits are prolific breeders, and can have up to 12 kits per litter.

Rabbit meat is very much in demand, as it is low in calories and high in protein. It is popular among the medical community, especially for people with heart disease who struggle eating other kinds of meat.

It’s not unusual to see rabbit meat sold for $8 per pound.

Not only that, but some people buy rabbit pelts to practice tanning, while others buy pelts to make hats, gloves, and coats. Since rabbit pelts can be difficult to find, they can attract prices of around $10 a piece.

High levels of nitrogen and phosphorus found in rabbit droppings make it a popular manure that’s in demand by gardeners, with this item selling for around $5 per pound.

With a rabbit family producing as much as one ton of manure per year, this can amount to a significant income.

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6. Ducks

There are different breeds of ducks, some of which can make excellent profits. These animals are easy to keep, needing slightly more space than chickens but not creating as much damage.

It is possible to make money from ducks in many ways. A mature duck, depending on breed and location, can be sold for around $10. However, for a quicker turnaround, chicks can be sold for $3 to $5 apiece.

Laying ducks are also a marketable product, as are duck eggs. Duck eggs are larger than chicken eggs, and are packed with vitamins and minerals. These eggs can be sold for hatching ducklings, or for eating.

Fresh local duck eggs can be hard to find in most areas. This has resulted in some pretty high prices for duck eggs – good news for you!

Duck feathers and down are also marketable products you can sell. There’s nothing more comfortable than a pillow or cushion filled with duck down! Plus, the patterns that are unique on individual duck feathers make them popular for crafting. Some Feathers sell for as much as $10 apiece!

Ducks produce a lot of waste, but local gardeners will almost always buy the manure when it is available.

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7. Pigs

Pigs aren’t the first choice of many as a profitable animal to keep – although they can make you lots of money, they do produce more of a smell. They can sometimes be aggressive, too.

Nevertheless, the pig is an excellent moneymaker.

As with many animals, the free range trend can extend to keeping pigs – and can help you create a more marketable product.

Pigs will eat virtually anything – but you’ll need large quantities of food to keep them well-fed!

In addition to selling pork, you can also sell piglets. A pig will birth as many as 12 to 13 piglets at a time. These take just a few months to mature with the meat often sold at more than $3.50 per pound.

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8. Cats

You might be surprised to see cats on this list, but most cats can be raised and sold relatively easily – especially if you do so when they are still kittens. However, some breeds are more highly prized than others, and therefore can demand premium prices.

To raise cats, you don’t have to have any specialized equipment and breeding can be done in any home environment.

One highly sought-after breed is the Ahsera cat, which looks like a snow leopard. This cat breed will produce up to five litters each year, so owning one is worthwhile especially when you consider that these cats can be raised for $125,000 – each!

Many people also want to raise cats for exhibitions or shows. This stimulates the market for cats with certain breed standard appearances.

There are even cats that can be useful as working animals, with the barn cat kept by many to reduce rodent population.

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9. Dogs

Often referred to as man’s best friend, there’s always a huge demand for dogs as companions. However, they can be used in other ways, too. Dogs can be used for hunting, security, racing, and even escorting the blind.

For successful breeding, you will need to have an area separate from the home. The size of this area will depend on the extent of your breeding program. In some places, you may need a kennel license.

The pedigree of the breed is an important factor when it comes to how much money you can make.

  • The Rottweiler can be sold for $2,000 – $7,000.
  • The German Shepherd can be sold for $1,500 – $7,500.
  • The English Bulldog can be sold for $2,000 – $4,000.
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10. Sheep

Sheep can be highly profitable animals to keep, however they do not suit every environment. If the correct grazing is not available, they can be quite expensive to feed.

Wool is one of the traditional commodities of the fabric industry that went into decline with the introduction of modern synthetic fabrics.

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Today wool is enjoying a resurgence in popularity as its health, comfort, and durable properties have been widely recognized.

The price of wool does depend on the breed and the commodity markets but can sell for about $10 per pound.

In addition, the meat of a young lamb aged between 9-12 months is a popular product. Depending on the breed, a live young lamb can be sold in the spring for approximately $300.00.

11. Alpaca

Alpacas were originally kept for fleece, a natural alternative to wool. A popular product in Peru, alpaca fleece here is collected readily – to the tune of 4,000 tons of fleece per year! By comparison, the United States only collects around 50 tons.

Fleece is popular in many handmade products, but has not yet become a mainstream commodity – you will have to do a bit more digging to find a market if you decide that alpaca fleece products are what you want to sell.

Despite the restricted market for fleece, it’s a good option. These animals themselves are in high demand, as many are used as guard animals, with well-bred female alpacas being sold for thousands of dollars.

Alpacas don’t require much specialized care, and can be housed with many other kinds of animals, like sheep.

13. Llamas

Llamas are similar to alpacas in how they are cared for, and how their fleece is harvested. The fleece is in high demand among spinners, weavers, knitters, and other artisans who specialize in natural products.

As with alpacas, of course, fleece is not the only way to make a profit when raising them.

They are popular pack animals as well as animals at petting zoos, where they can be used to entertain children for the tourist industry.

They have even been used in pet therapy! You’ll find alpacas for sale in the range of $10,000 to $100,000, making them valuable animals to raise.

14. Fish

Keeping fish, whether indoors or outside, is a hobby with universal appeal. Not only can you make a substantial profit in breeding fish, but if you have the right kind of facilities, you can also get into fish farming.

There is a massive demand for high-quality koi carp. Prices depend on the shape, skin color, and patter of the fish, but prices range from $15 to $5,000 per fish, with the potential to produce serious profits.

You will need adequate aquarium space to breed exotic fish, as they can be somewhat fussy in regard to the environment.

Current trends show that the earth’s population will be 9.7 billion by 2050, with the demand for animal protein doubling. This could propel the global market for both freshwater and saltwater fish into the $270 billion bracket.

15. Guinea Pigs

These adorable animals are kept as pets in many countries. They are popular, as they are easy to keep and breed. They are normally disease-free, and have a diet similar to that of rabbits. They can also be kept in hutches like rabbits.

Depending on the breed of the guinea pig, they can be sold as pets for anywhere from $10-$40.

Some countries raise these animals as a food source to satisfy the increasing demand for protein.

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16. Turkey

Turkeys are easy to keep, particularly if they are allowed to free range. They don’t require massive quantities of land.

During the holiday season, just about every family will purchase a turkey for the holiday meal – because of this, you should be able to fetch high prices for the birds. They’re must-have items!

There’s a demand for turkey throughout the rest of the year, too, of course. Turkey eggs for breeding purposes are of particular value – these can often be found selling at prices of around $2.50 to $4 an egg.

You can also sell turkeys as live birds, with ages ranging at a day old to mature birds (yielding you somewhere between $3 and $15, depending on the age of the bird.

17. Bearded Dragon

The bearded dragon might sound like an odd animal to raise, but believe it or not, there are a lot of reasons to keep these animals! You can sell these creatures for somewhere between $40 and $900, with the price depending on the color and type of the dragon.

Breeding the right type of dragon, therefore, can be quite profitable. There’s a learning curve involved, though, since the animals require the proper environmental conditions to be bred successfully.

18. Chameleon

Chameleons might also be considered an odd choice, but these exotic animals are quite prized as pets.

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Any demand means there’s opportunity for profit – but, as with most animals, there’s also a higher demand for certain breeds.

Veiled chameleons can be sold for a price of around $75 while Parson’s chameleons can be sold at more than $1000 apiece. They again require the proper environment for healthy breeding so keep this in mind before you dive in.

19. Gecko

Geckos have gorgeous colors and patterns that have been refined and developed throughout many years of selective breeding. The appearance is likely the single most popular reason why these creatures are so popular as pets.

As long as your geckos have nice warm hiding places, they are relatively easy to keep. They don’t require expensive equipment and are hardy and docile.

They’re easy to train, and are quite long lived, with some individuals living for twenty years or more! Because of this, deciding to raise a gecko is not a decision to make lightly.

There are some patterns and colors that are more popular than others, which likely accounts for the price range difference between $100 and $300.

20. Turtle

The sale of certain types and sizes of turtles has been subject to restrictions in the United States for several years due to the animal’s association with the Salmonella disease.

That, however, does not mean that this is an animal that cannot be raised for profit.

Some raise these animals for export to other countries. It is estimated that the global trade in these animals is close to $10 million.

21. Snakes

Although some people might be horrified at the prospect of owning a pet snake, particularly when you consider that many types of snakes are deadly, the profit associated with the snack industry might have you thinking otherwise.

In 2020, the American snake trade was worth over $519 billion. This figure includes thes sale of all snake=related products. Here’s a snapshot of snake prices:

  • Sunbeam Snakes – $55-$125
  • Hognose Snakes- $100-$750
  • Egg Eating Snakes – $65-$100
  • California Kingsnakes – $60-$350

Extra care does need to be undertaken in caring for and breeding these animals – they require particular environmental conditions.

22. Alligator

Again, the alligator is likely not the first animal that comes to mind when you think of creatures you might raise for profit. It was removed from the list of endangered species, so a healthy trade has now developed.

Alligators are super cute when tiny, so there’s a hefty profit to be made by breeding them for this market. The animal meat, though, is where the real profit is.

A cooked-skinned whole alligator can sell for $13.50 per pound. That could result in a whole alligator achieving a selling price of $300. Alligator tenderloin averages $38.50 for 2 pounds.

23. Ostrich

The ostrich is the largest living bird on Earth, with males growing to between 83 and 108 inches tall and to weights of 330 pounds or more.

Despite the size of this animal, each bird will lay around 30 to 50 eggs each year. This makes the ostrich one of the most profitable animals.

The eggs are large, with just one egg equating to around two dozen chicken eggs. Because of this, just one egg can sell for up to $50 for use in culinary purposes. THey can also be sold for hatching ostriches.

A young chick can be sold for up to $600 while a bird that’s a year old will average $2,500 to $10,000 or more.

Selling ostrich meat is something else worth considering. At 14 months, the birds can be butchered to produce up to 140 pounds of meat.

  • Ground ostrich meat will sell from $10 to $15 per pound
  • Fillets can sell for $25to $50 per pound.
  • Tenderloins will typically sell for more than $50 per pound.
  • These prices could produce a minimum of $1500 per bird.

Summary

As you can see, there is a long list of animals that can be raised for profit. Some of these animals might be surprising – an alligator might not be your first choice! However, there are plenty of people out there who make a decent living from these animals.

Chickens are some of the easiest animals to keep as there is a massive demand for them and their products.

Remember that a profit and an income are not the same thing. Each animal will have costs associated with raising them, which you will need to balance against the income to understand profitability.

Which of these is right for you?

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FAQs

What is the most profitable animal to raise? ›

Beef cattle are generally the most profitable and easiest livestock to raise for profit. Beef cattle simply require good pasture, supplemental hay during the winter, fresh water, vaccinations and plenty of room to roam.

What is the most profitable animal in fs22? ›

Cows. Cows are arguably the toughest and most demanding animals in the game, but also come with the greatest amount of profits. Not only can they produce milk and manure, to be sold and spread respectively, but you can sell them once matured for greater profits than most other species in the game.

What is the best livestock for a homestead? ›

If you have heard the term, chickens are the gateway to farming then you will understand why poultry are the ideal livestock for small acreage homesteading. Aside from raising chickens, ducks are a close second for many who enter this life. Poultry, without a doubt, are the easiest animals to raise on the homestead.

What is the most efficient animal to farm? ›

For example, chickens are more efficient converters crops than cows. They have a lower FCR, meaning that it takes less feed to create a pound of chicken than a pound of beef.

What animal that is easy to raise? ›

Pekin Ducks are the easiest farm animals to raise. They are a great source for meat and large eggs. They also require very little space. They have a bigger appetite than chickens but are great foragers as well.

What animals sell for the most? ›

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  • Palm Cockatoo: Estimated worth up to $16,000.
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What makes the most money in FS 22? ›

One of the most profitable productions in Farming Simulator 22 is the Tailor Shop. It costs a bit to get it up and running but this only requires a few elements to complete. The player will need sheep and can use their wool to create fabric that can be made into clothes.

What is the fastest way to make money in farm simulator 22? ›

You can sell eggs at the farmers' market, much like real life, or you can set up a supply chain with local fast-food restaurants. Either option provides you with a constant supply of customers, so getting a few chickens at the start of your game will turn a profit fairly quickly.

How do you make money with animals on Farming Simulator 22? ›

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What animals do you need for a homestead? ›

If you don't have much space (less than an acre), you might want to start with chickens, rabbits or bees. If you have more space, you can add goats, pigs, cattle or a dairy cow. These animals need room to roam and graze, so extra room is necessary.

What is the most profitable farm? ›

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What animals do you need for a self sustaining farm? ›

Goats are one of the best farm animals for self-sufficiency, and since they're utterly adorable, more and more homesteaders are adding these animals to their backyard. These animals provide milk and meat for consumption, and some breeds also make fiber for clothing.

How can you make money with animals? ›

Here are 12 jobs working with animals that could pay the bills:
  1. Groomer.
  2. Kennel attendant, pet sitter and dog walker.
  3. Veterinary assistant.
  4. Laboratory animal caretaker.
  5. Trainer.
  6. Veterinary technicians.
  7. Animal control worker.
  8. Conservation and forest technicians.
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Are cows or pigs more profitable? ›

Are cows or pigs more profitable? If you are raising dozens of animals, then cows are generally more profitable than pigs. Cattle herds reproduce and there are many ways to make money off of them. But, if you are looking to raise a few animals, then pigs are more profitable than cows.

Which is more profitable goats or cows? ›

Goat production is highly profitable, even better than cattle or sheep.

What is the cheapest pet in the world? ›

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Are pigs profitable in FS22? ›

Pigs are a lucrative, albeit busy, source of income. These should not be missing on your farm because you can produce natural fertilizer this way.

Are animals profitable FS22? ›

Re: Most profitable animal in fs22

Definitely agree that chickens, cows, then pigs are most profitable, whereas sheep don't produce a lot of wool to make it worth it. "Being positive in a negative situation is not naive.

What is the best tree to plant in FS22? ›

The American elm tops the forestry charts with an average of 3x more useable wood than the spruce. Willow, dogwood, cypress, and the downy serviceberry should be avoided as they have incredibly low yields.

Which is more profitable goats or cows? ›

Goat production is highly profitable, even better than cattle or sheep.

How many acres do I need for 5 cows? ›

How many cows can graze on 5 acres? You should be able to graze from 2 to 4 cows on average pasture per every 5 acres.

Are sheep or goats more profitable? ›

Goats are more profitable than sheep. There are many factors that contribute to a farmer's profits. These factors include the price that goats or sheep sell for at market. Their age to maturity and the number of kids each year also affect a farmer's profitability.

A guide to the best and easiest livestock to raise on your homestead, and why. Pros and cons, and we point you in the right direction with each.

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While cow farming may not be an alternative for you, keeping a single cow, sheep, goats or chickens may be an option.. One of the biggest benefits of cow farming is the fresh cow’s milk.. I’m sure you say, as I once did, “A cow is a cow?. Right?” When you settle the answer to your questions on pasteurization vs. raw milk and what makes better sense for you and your family, you’ll stumble across the A1 Milk vs A2 A2 Milk debate.. When cow farming, trees provide the shade and shelter for the cows and the cows provide the fertilizer for the trees.. Other things to consider when choosing a breed for cow farming is which breeds birth easiest and, if meat production is important to you, which breeds are known and bred for meat in your area.. For cow farming here in the panhandle of northern Idaho, I would choose Scotch Highland for their ability to withstand the cold temps, foraging, milk and meat production.. Besides milking goats for their nutritious beverage, their milk is used in making goat soap , butter, and cheese.. Dogs What homestead would be complete without the best farm dogs ?

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You should consider whether you want to breed the animal to sell its offspring, meat, or animal products .. Rabbits can be bred for pets and sold to pet stores.. Pet birds include many varieties that can be sold.. This makes them a great animal to breed for profit.. A variety of animals from birds, to fish, to cats, love to eat mice and rats.. Mice and rats breeders can sell them to pet stores as pets.. What You Sell: Pets, Food for other pets. Shrimp take very little space to stay healthy and are fairly easy to breed.. If you choose to buy shrimp to breed, make sure to purchase Grade A shrimp.. This makes chameleons a profitable business.. What is the most profitable animal to breed?. This can include pigs, rabbits, worms, and even reptiles.. What is the most profitable fish to breed for profit?

We've all seen them.  Those huge listicles with ideas for making money on your homestead.  A laundry list of things that could potentially bring in income, but mostly just a few dollars here or there. 

Take out expenses, and after 4 markets a month you’ve netted around $1000.. I was inspired to take the leap into blogging when I read the book Make Money Blogging at Any Level by my blogger friend, Victoria at A Modern Homestead.. If you’re considering blogging as a source of income it’s worth the investment.. Taking the time to attractively package up plant divisions, label them appropriately and tend them for a month or two so that they come back into prime form will mean the difference between a free clump of plants on the side of the road and potted perennials sold for $10+ dollars each.. Learning to graft takes a bit of practice, but once you’ve got it down it’s easy to graft a few hundred trees in a day.. With a bit of courage, you can start making your own soaps and sell to those very people who are still soap dreaming.. Wild mushrooms always sell out in the first hour at the farmer’s markets around here, even at $20 to $40 per pound.. While it takes a long time to learn to identify some types of plants or mushrooms, other foraged foods are pretty foolproof and no less profitable.. Start small, with your own backyard homestead.. Herbs are good like that.

There are multiple animals that you could raise on your farm, but which ones are the most likley to be profitable? The best farm animals…

The best farm animals to raise for profit are pigs, small ruminants (sheep or goats), game birds, standard breed roosters and rabbits.. Check the market reports, most auction houses have been putting their market reports online for a few years now, so you can go back through and see the pricing trend for your area.. I write small ruminants rather than being specific about sheep or goats because depending upon your area, the ideal small ruminant for you will be different.. Cons: Not all areas of the country have a noticeable sheep or goat eating population.. If you live in a hot area and want sheep, get some from a flock that is acclimated to your area.. This is another area where you should heavily consider figuring out what your local buyers want before you get sheep or goats!. Here is an example for my area: lambs from hair sheep tend to sell for less money than wool breed lambs of the same size and quality.. In our area, Kiko type goats will sell like a dairy goat, I know in some areas of the country that is not the case, at all.. While nearly all roosters at least in our area are raised as flock sires, there is another opportunity, meat sales.. In our area, north central Ohio, a mature rooster sells for $12-14 each at the weekly sales.. Potential market: Customers who grew up eating rabbit want great tasting rabbit dinners again.. In my area of Ohio, not too many people eat rabbit and the idea of raising rabbit for meat is not very popular.. Rabbit feed is easy to find all over the country and rabbits have the best feed conversion of any meat animal that is commonly raised at home!. Raising more of the same thing everyone else in your area raises, the same way they raise it will get you about the same results as they are getting.

So you dream about homesteading but not sure which animals are best to start with? Heather shares what the top animals for the homestead are and why.

Several years later, I am still constantly adding animals to our homestead, and I’m here to warn you that livestock can be addictive!. Chickens were the first animals we added to our little homestead.. They are complex and entertaining animals and I just love having laying hens and their rich, golden-yolked eggs in my backyard.. Once you fully embrace the homesteading lifestyle, you might really want to consider raising your own meat chickens.. Raising our own meat from chick to table has given our family such a unique respect and understanding of where our food comes from.. To honor the life of the chicken, I use every bit of meat on the carcass, then I boil the carcass to make broth for soup.. I highly recommend buying or making one if you become serious about raising meat chickens.. Rabbits are another small animal that are frequently raised in backyards for meat.. Ducks are one of my favorite homestead animals!. They can also be processed for meat, much like a chicken.. We raise goats on our homestead, and although they have their moments, they are largely delightfully friendly creatures.. Unlike goats, sheep prefer to graze on pasture, rather than on “browse,” but are also sweet animals that can be used on a homestead for milk, meat or fiber.. While pigs probably aren’t a great first animal for your homestead, once you are comfortable around livestock, they can be a great addition.. So there you have it, my top animals for the homestead.. So, do you have animals on your homestead?

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By going slow and adding animals a little at a time you can learn about what each animal requires for care without feeling like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew.. Goats Now, as I said above, goats weren’t a great choice for our family, but I know many other people who are very happy with their goats.. Goats require a little more than the other animals listed here, but are a good “bigger” animal to start out with.. Goats are notorious for getting out of their fences if it isn’t good enough so you’ll want to make sure you don’t skimp out on this part.. Sheep are another one you want decent fencing for, but they aren’t that much different from raising goats.. So start preparing BEFORE you add them to your homestead family.. What animal will you add to your homestead next?

Animals can provide a homesteader with endless benefits

Even if you find that you can have animals on your property, it’s important to ask yourself why you want to have them on your farm.. Below, we’ll take a look at the costs and benefits of owning different types of farm animals.. They are also one of those rare farm animals that provide a decent handful of different benefits – from fresh eggs to meat, feathers, and fertilizer.. Keeping on track with the best farm animals for self-sufficiency theme, bees aren’t just good for your homestead, they’re pretty much at the top of the list of productive, self-sufficient candidates.. Pigs like a dry, warm location of about eight to ten square feet per 250-pound pig.. Animals can provide a homesteader with endless benefits — but of course, these benefits are offset by a fair share of unique (and at times disgusting) responsibilities.

If you want animals on your homestead but do not know where to start.  We have the answers for you!  Read more about the best animals for your homestead!

Think your homestead is too small to raise animals?. While a herd of cattle isn’t an option on a small homestead, you can certainly keep poultry, goats , and even sheep, and if space is truly in short supply, rabbits and quail can be kept in backyard cages .. Goats are one of the best animals for your homestead .. Chickens or ducks are the obvious choices for a small homestead because they don’t require much space and will provide your family with eggs and fresh meat.. Pigs are another one of the best animals for your homestead.. Whether you are a small urban homestead or a large sprawling one, you can implement some of these animals into your homestead to start providing your family with fresh milk, cheese, eggs, and meat .

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That each farm produces enough food for 165 people every year?. So, if you've ever dreamed of raising your very own farm animals, there's no other better time than now to do so.. Even if you don't raise them for profit, you can raise them in say, your Texas farm home to become more sustainable.. These animals will provide you a steady supply of food source, so you and your loved ones will never get hungry!. After all, the average American eats about 279 eggs each year .. Plus, you can get up to five eggs from each hen a week, so raising half a dozen female chickens may be enough for your family.. Beef cattle are also some of the best farm animals to raise, thanks to their hardiness.. Goat meat consumption in the U.S. is on the rise, with imports having reached a $94.7 million value in 2014.. Either way, honey bees are some of the small farm animals that you should consider raising as a new farmer.

The first thing a would-be small-scale meat producer has to decide on the best farm livestock animals to raise, includes information on rabbits, chickens, sheep, goats, pigs, buying animals and a comparison chart. Originally published as "Comparing the Five Best Backyard Animals" November/December 1982 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Raising small livestock means making a good choice on the best farm livestock animals to raise on your homestead.. You can harvest about 100 pounds of meat and 8 pounds of wool from each adult ewe .. Labor requirements for your backyard flock can also be high at lambing time.. . . and even the problem of trying to find room for 100 pounds of meat in your freezer.. We’ll harvest about two pounds of meat front each four-pound rabbit.. . . that is, how much meat, milk, eggs, or other products you’ll be able to harvest for the amount of cash, food, and labor put into raising the animal.. Livestock from a particular family, or line, that has a record of high production will obviously be in great demand .. Certain breeds are more popular than others in specific areas .

Somewhere along your homesteading journey, you will probably get the itch to start adding animals to the homestead.Or,the opportunity will present itself

Somewhere along your homesteading journey, you will probably get the itch to start adding animals to the homestead.. Perhaps someone is giving away a flock of “free” chickens, or you fall in love with a baby goat and decide this is the right time for adding animals to the homestead.. I can’t tell you which animal type is the best one to purchase first, when adding animals to the homestead.. Physical Strength NeededAverage CostsTime requirementConcerns or notesChickens and Ducks. (laying hens for eggs)Other than being able to clean the coop regularly, carry water to the coop and hold a chicken if it should need medical attention, strength needed is average.. Minimum of twice a day care needed to freshen the water, remove old feed and distribute fresh feed.. Approximately 1 hay flake per goat per day (hay bales separate into portions called flakes)Basic care for a herd of goats will take about 30 minutes, two times per day.. Breeding animals may require more care, Pigs More cleaning will need to be done so more strength will be required.. I do not recommend raising pigs as a first homestead animal choice.. I recommend developing some homestead instincts and animal knowledge before venturing into raising pigsCows - beefyes physical strength is required.. Finishing the beef cow on grain will run about $11 and $14 dollars a bag.daily care may not amount to much depending on your property but in the big picture, raising beef cattle can be very time consumingI do not recommend starting a homestead with beef cattle.

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Most Profitable Farm Animal / Most Profitable Livestock For Bigger Farms / The most profitable animals to raise on a small farm are animals that don't take a lot of space, reproduce easily, and cost little in the feed. . Click here for a list of the most profitable livestock and farm animals to raise.. Which animal farming is most profitable?. What Is the Most Profitable Farm Animal?. Livestock farming business can be operated from your backyard or as small scale or even on a commercial pig farming in india is one of the most profitable livestock farming business.. Which animal is the most profitable?. What is the most profitable farm animal?. Livestock farming business can be operated from your backyard or as small scale or even on a commercial pig farming in india is one of the most profitable livestock farming business.. What is the most profitable farm animal?. Full business plan on how to raise farm animals for 5 profitable farm animals you can raise to make profit: Click here for a list of the most profitable livestock and farm animals to raise.. Source: i1.wp.com6 best farm animals to raise (and 1 not to) when you're just starting.. Source: d2gr5kl7dt2z3t.cloudfront.netNot all farm animals really make a profit.

When you begin to take self reliance seriously and provide more food for your family, which of the three animals homesteaders raise is right for you?

Rabbits and chickens grow quickly, Both rabbits and meat breeds of chicken provide your family with meat in only a few weeks or months.. Many homesteaders can’t think about including rabbits in animals homesteaders raise for meat.. Like the meat breed chickens in many ways, rabbits are an efficient animal to raise.. Rabbits can also be raised in tractors similar to those used for chickens, as long as measures are taken to keep both rabbits and chickens safe from predators.. Even if you don’t want to raise meat rabbits all the time, keeping a breeding pair, separated when you don’t want kits, means you are only a few months away from raising your own source of protein.

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