Also known as animal husbandry, is the practice of breeding and raising livestock, pets or domestic animals.
Many breeders will concentrate on a certain animal such as a dog and then a specific breed of dog such as Jack Russell. Commercial breeders tend to concentrate on livestock such as cattle. Others might concentrate on exotic species.
This depends on the type of animal concerened. It could be inside a persons house, in their backyard or even on a farm. Some may even have their own private zoo if the means are available.
Due to the nature of the practice, children can be involved but tend to be under the guidance of an experienced adult. Once the person has gained sufficient knowledge they will be able to go it alone.
The breeding of animals should not be undertaken lightly, if it is problems can arise resulting in detrimental health for the animals involved. The prospective breeder should take care to research the particular breed they are interested in.
Breeding is a blend of science and art in which the skilled breeder will have a general knowledge of genetics and health, as well as specific species knowledge of the breed or breeds that they are raising. As such it is a vital skill for farmers who need to perpetuate their livestock. They will generally be interested in pigs cattle and sheep. Some may also get involved due to the rarity of a certain species and the attempt to prevent it from going into extinction.
Responsible breeders know that raising animals is a full-time job. It is the breeder's responsibility to provide a safe, warm, dry place for the animals with proper food and water supplies. They must also be prepared to nurse infants if complications should arise. Breeding is not necessarily a profit-making activity. Extra food, supplies, and medical care required after the animals are born, the cost of raising animals can be very high.
The animals themselves to start the breeding programme, food, shelter and vet bills are just some of the possible expenses involved.
Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.
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