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How can I generate income from livestock on a Lifestyle Block?

If you want your lifestyle block to generate some income while you hold on to your current job, farming may be an option.  If you're going to run a small farm or "hobby farm" as they are sometimes known, consider farming only low-maintenance animal breeds. Be realistic with your expectations. Hobby farms rarely make a significant profit, but they can produce income to help balance your daily living costs.

Low-maintenance livestock breeds recommended for lifestyle blocks include:
  • Goats
  • Sheep
  • Alpacas & Llamas
  • Cows
  • Chickens
  • Ducks
  • Pigs
  • Rabbits
As you’ll likely have only a small supply of livestock on your block, you'll want to market your animals (when it comes time for sale) using niche or value-added marketing. Raise an animal species that can be marketed to a specific demographic, or local wholesalers, or local restaurants. Free range chickens and ducks, for example, are in constant demand, and don't take a lot of space to farm.

Consult your First National Real Estate agent. We'll advise whether the property you are considering is suitable for the particular livestock choice you have in mind. 
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