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Do Your Homework

Learn some tips for performing basic research for your next farm project.


It's important to do research on your farm projects
Courtesy Sue Weaver

Fezzik is one of Sue Weaver's water buffalo calves. Watch the November Hobby Farms newsletter for an article about water buffalo and yaks.
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Owning a farm, buying livestock or starting a farm-based business--these are all smart ventures to consider, especially when the tight economy has you thinking about self sufficiency.

But don't forget to spend a little time doing some research on your farm venture first.

Read Sue Weaver's checklist, "Do The Homework," for some great tips on researching your farm projects.

Her first tip: Don't assume you know what's best.

She says, "I’ve just come in from feeding our water buffalo calves. Before we bought them, several water buffalo breeders warned us, 'It’s hard to get them started on a bottle' ... I wish I’d have listened more closely."

The babies are fine! Still, Sue was inspired to offer some basic tips that could help you prepare better for farm projects you plan to do in the future.

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About the Author: Sue Weaver is a Hobby Farms contributing editor who has been caring for numerous animals and hobby farming for more than 20 years.


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Used to drink raw water buffalo milk as a youngster. My uncle's friend used to deliver it in a coke bottle capped/stuffed with rolled up banana leaves. Sometimes it's still warm. Delicious!!
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 12/11/2013 4:48:57 PM
Even after you do the research you can still run into problems. We did extensive research before our llama venture and the bottom fell out several MONTHS after we began. Be very careful before investing.....
Ann, Hamlet, NC
Posted: 8/13/2011 3:29:47 PM
Very good advice.
Lady Radagast, West Grove, PA
Posted: 3/31/2011 12:33:39 PM
What a cute calf.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 5/15/2010 11:03:49 PM
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