Advice/tips about starting a small breeding farm
Hello all. I'm still young and in high school but I have my heart set on establishing a small breeding farm. For those who have experience in this area, is college necessary? If so, what degree should I pursue for this area in equine business? I would start out with just a few mares and expand from there when the timing is right. Of course my goal will not to be pump out babies for quick money. I want to breed high quality foals for prospective owners. (I have my eye on Gypsy Vanners) However, before starting my own farm I plan on working at a professional breeding farm for a couple of years to get some hands-on experience.
I'm pretty sure I'm forgetting some details here so feel free to ask and I'll elaborate. So basically, I'm asking for your one cents on this. :)
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I would love to hear what others say as well. Where I live there are 2 community colleges with equine programs- both have a portion on husbandry, that's what I would get.
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I have been playing with this idea a whole lot lately, so I will share my point of view. I have falling in love with the Gypsy breed as well, and recently looking into buying my first Gypsy. With shopping around I have asked a ton of questions. I have found if you want to breed you really have to breed for the type of horse, not just the money. I have seen and talked to pretty successful breeding barns and they are successful because they love the horse breed and wouldn't want to work with anything else.
I myself am also starting college soon, and really have taken some time off to research and to experience the horse world. I wanted to research before I spent money at school for something that wasn't going to be helpful. I myself have found an Animal Science Business degree is the thing for me. It gives me that barn management degree I want, but doesn't limit me to just equine. With this economy I want to follow my dreams, but also be smart about what I put my money and time into. With the college I will be going to the ASB degree breaks off into specialties and breeding is one of those.
I hope that helped. I know I have changed my mind about a billion times during and after I high school, so I do know a bit about how looking into colleges can be. If you need advice or more info just let me know :)
Win the lottery. Or have a real job or a rich husband to back you up.
Even if you do learn to inseminate yourself, you will lose a lot of money every year. With 3 broodmares, expect one saleable young horse per year. And even then they must be broke and going before you will have buyers (so 4 years old). And even then, no one will want to pay the $$ to buy the horse such that you will be recovering costs.
Get a good education that may have nothing to do with horses. It will enable you to buy one or two quality mares, mares that are carrying desireable bloodlines, regardless of breed. Hopefully your income will enable you to breed your mare/s to a top stallion. Vanners were trendy at one time but have a very limited market.
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