Belmont Red cattle farming is pretty popular, especially in it’s native area. It is a beef cattle breed which is raised mainly for meat production purpose. The breed is well adapted to it’s local climate and do very well there.
The Belmont Red cattle breed was developed by the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) during 1954 in response to the need in the Australian Tropics for cattle which would improve the fertility of Bos indicus cattle.
And the breed was released to the Australian cattle breeders by the CSIRO in 1969. The breed was conceived at Belmont Research Station as a composite from several Bos tarus cattle breeds including Africander, Hereford and Shorthorn.
The Belmont Red cattle breed has exhibited higher fertility than pure Bos indicus cattle breeds and better than most other Bos taurus and Bos indicus cross. The breed also remain the characteristics of hardiness and heat and tick tolerance along with improved fertility.
Performance of the Belmont Red cattle breed has been proven in comparison traits on research stations in Africa and Australia. Their good performance and relatively docile nature have been recognized by the Philippines and the Pacific Islands where improvement in livestock population is carefully monitored.
Today, the Belmont Red cattle are very popular and produced mainly in Australia. The breed has achieved many wins and placings in Carcass competitions.
However, as these animals are very good for meat production, so starting commercial Belmont Red cattle farming will be a good and profitable business. You can make good profits from this business if you have good facilities for marketing beef.
How to Start Belmont Red Cattle Farming
The Belmont Red cattle are very strong and hardy animals. They are well adapted to their local environment. So starting commercial Belmont Red cattle farming business will be relatively easy.
Here we are trying to describe more information about starting and operating a successful Belmont Red cattle farming business from purchasing animals to caring and marketing.
First of all you have to purchase very good quality animals for starting your Belmont Red cattle farming business. Purchasing good quality animals is very important. Because good quality, healthy and active animals always ensure good production and maximum profits.
So, try to purchase good, healthy, active and diseases free animals for starting your Belmont Red cattle farming business. You can purchase the animals from your local livestock market, or you can consider purchasing from any existing Belmont Red cattle farms in your area. Just ensure that the animals are active, healthy and diseases free.
Making a good, secure and comfortable housing system is another important part of Belmont Red cattle farming business. A good house not only helps the animals to stay healthy, but also helps them to stay free from adverse weather conditions and wild predators.
Type of your cattle housing system can be any depending on your budget and also on the availability of housing materials in your area. You can build the house with low cost and easily available materials. Or it can be of full concrete setup. Just ensure that the house is secure and comfortable for the animals.
The Belmont Red cattle are medium sized animals. So, ensure adequate space available inside the house depending on the number of your animals. Install good ventilation system and ensure flow of sufficient amount of fresh air and light inside the house. And try to make the house in such a way so that you can easily clean the house.
Feeding the animals with very good quality, healthy and nutritious food is the most important part of Belmont Red cattle farming business. Good food not only helps the animals to stay healthy, but also helps them to grow better and produce more. So, always try to provide your animals with enough nutritious food.
The Belmont Red cattle are beef cattle breed. So, they will require more grain in their diet than greens. You can also consider feeding them silage, especially during the dry season.
The Belmont Red cattle also require lots of clean and fresh drinking water, just like many other domestic cattle breeds. So, always try to provide your animals with adequate clean and fresh drinking water as per their demand. Never provide them with polluted water or contaminated feeds.
As we have mentioned above, the Belmont Red cattle are naturally excellent breeders. They will breed easily if you keep good ratio of bulls and cows in your herd. You can also consider artificial insemination method for breeding your animals.
Taking good care of the animals is very important for Belmont Red cattle farming business. Because good caring helps the animals to stay healthy and produce more. So, always try to take good care of your animals. De-worm and vaccinate them timely, and always try to keep good contact with a vet in your area.
Marketing cattle products is not a problem. And cattle meat has very good demand and value, especially in Australia. So, you will probably be able to easily sell your products in the local market. Although you should set your marketing strategies before starting this business.
These are the steps and ways for starting and operating a successful Belmont Red cattle farming business. Hope this guide has helped you! Good luck & may God bless you!