Starting Organic Beef Farming

Organic Beef Farming is a result of the demand of a select group for beef meat from cattle that were raised strictly organically- using organic feeds, organic environment and organically bred cattle. The said cattle are raised under strictly vegetarian diet.

No animal by-products were included into organic cattle feeds at anytime.

Many agree that organic meat is far healthier than non-organic beef, because it comes from animals that have been raised without antibiotics or growth hormones; and have been fed a diet, free from chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides.

Animal Breeding Stock Requirement

Non-organic cow breeder can be introduced in the organic beef farming system, as long as the animal is brought into the system before its third trimester gestation. There is no restriction on the bull breeding stock; but artificial insemination is discouraged.

Brood cow and her calf must be raised organically, three month before the birth of the calf. If the brood cow is given prohibited product while lactating, then her suckling calf can’t be considered organic. Breeding organic cows must be bought only from reliable sources. Bulls need not be managed organically. Artificial insemination is allowed, but not breeding hormones.

It is also important for the farmers to keep records of all the feeds and other activities in the farm- to preserve the purity of the organic beef farming. All animals must be identified and marked (tattoos or tags), and with documentations about their dam and sire, sex, birth, health conditions and other pertinent events.

Organic Farm Environment

To have a healthy stock without the use of drugs, the farm environment must be free from stress or have minimal stress causing conditions. And to have this- the farm must have facilities for exercise, allows freedom of movements, has appropriate housing and with sufficient sanitation. Space used for each animal is usually twice that of non-organic cattle farming. And also, processing of organic meat must be separated from that of conventional meat.

Health Maintenance

Vaccination is allowed but not antibiotics. Diatomaceous Earth is mixed with the feeds to control parasites. All feeds must be all certified organic and comes from reliable and adequately inspected facilities. Use of growth hormones is definitely prohibited. Composting is highly recommended, but manure management must be strictly enforced. Ways must be used to prevent contamination of the soil and the plants for feeds, during the recycling of manure. Preventive measures must be used to avoid growth of pathogenic organisms, and heavy metals intrusion, into the organic faming system.

Comparative Cost of Organic Cattle Farming

The cost of producing organic beef, per kilogram, is about 35% higher than ordinary beef, due to higher costs of beddings and feeds. The market prices mark up is 30% more than ordinary beef. The net return is about 60% lower than conventional cattle raising.

Industry Outlook

The industry is in dire need of support and sufficient infrastructure. Many needed policies and components are missing. This is true in the organic feeds production, organic stock breeding, environment support and business aspect of the industry. It also lacks the guarantee of profitability for investors.

44 Comments

  • shebi zacharias said on December 1, 2009
    Dear sir, I am from kerala state. would like to start buffalo farm for meat purpose. no interest in milk. please let me select suitable breed. please advice on feed, growth rate, feasibility, minimum investments, availability of calves, government financial assistance etc. Regards, shebi Zachaeias, Mobile-09447488037
  • DILEEP CHANDRAN said on March 9, 2010
    I am from thrissur, kerala state. would like to start buffalo farm along with goat farm for meat purpose. no interest in milk. how can I prepare grass and cattle feed for a farm please let me select suitable breed. please advice on feed, growth rate, feasibility, minimum investments, availability of calves, government financial assistance etc. Regards, dileep, Mobile-09847658879
  • Jis Jose said on May 11, 2010
    Dear Sir, I am Jis Jose from Kerala State - INDIA. I would like to start a beef farm for meat and meat productions. Kindly give me a valuable idea about farming beef.
  • sunia kunawave said on July 2, 2010
    thank you for the tip I already started a papaya farm just trying to further my knowledge on other means and ways of planting other crops. bless you
  • Alan Jerdon said on July 22, 2010
    Eaton, Ohio, usa. How would you start your own cattle business if you have little money and you weren't raised in a family with a farm and little money? I have been very interested in farming for a longtime now and i have no were to start and I am just trying to get ideas on what to read or anything you can help me out with on trying new things to do! thank you so much AEJ
  • siziba said on October 21, 2010
    Bulawayo Zimbabwe Africa. how do i get to start a commercial beef farm for export purposes with very little capital. farming has always been my passion its what gives me a hope. which breed is the best in terms of time to mature and disease resistance in our terrain.
  • I.T.M said on January 9, 2011
    Kadoma Zimbabwe Africa. I want to start commercial beef farming for export need advice on the perfect breed for my area. necessary expertise on farming,Good healthy feeds and ideas on finding financial partners.
  • Noufa said on February 22, 2011
    Dear sir,I would like to start a buffalo farm in kerala state for meat purpose.Please give me some suitable idea about it
  • KK Abraham said on March 20, 2011
    We own about 5 acres of land at Periyar in the high ranges of Idukki District in Kerala. Land is mainly covered with grass. We would like to start a buffalo farm there for meat raring. There is abundant water also. Can I get some advise on how to go about it. Is it a suitable place to grow buffaloes?
  • moby said on June 14, 2011
    HI, we like to start a buffalo farm for meat production we have a paddy field which is not using for farming purpose since last 3 years.can we start the farm over there.please give some advice
  • Gifi said on October 7, 2011
    Hi - Am Gifi from plakkad, kerala. I would like to start a beef farm for meet purpose. Could you please advice about this. Thanks, Gifi
  • ARAVINDH said on March 8, 2012
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  • Rajaneesh G said on April 11, 2012
    Hi, I have a land of 1 acre, farm land with enough water and grass. I wish to start a Buffalo farm for meat purpose. Please advise me.
  • sheunesu said on July 7, 2012
    is cattle fattening profitable in zimbabwe and what are the costs involved and challenges?
  • sheunesu said on July 7, 2012
    what are challenges in this industry
  • joyson fernandes said on August 13, 2012
    Hi, this is Joyson from Mangalore - Karnataka (India), I have a land of around 5 acres and own a traditional cattle farm but would like to bring in good breed cows for milk purpose, kindly suggest some appropriate techniques so that i can improve my dairy business. thankq
  • rob said on August 18, 2012
    Dear sir, I am from kerala state. would like to start buffalo farm for meat purpose. Not for milk from Where i can get breed. please advice on feed, growth rate, feasibility, minimum investments, availability of calves, government financial assistance etc. Regards Rob, Bangalore, INDIA
  • srijin sreedharan said on February 21, 2013
    dear sir, I am from kerala state, I wish to start a buffalo farm for meat purpose, pls let me know that, how can I prepare the farm and feed, how to select the better breed, how can i maintain this farm, feed, growth rate, financial status, availability of calves etc, pls share me your valuable advise....
  • feedel zee said on May 26, 2013
    I am from US And interested to start organic meat business. So what is a good start to breed organic animals
  • pratheesh said on June 2, 2013
    me from kerala.i would like to start beef farm.how can i start that..i want better advice from you about the procedure?
  • b said on October 27, 2013
    just trying to get started organic pasture?
  • farmexpert said on December 24, 2013
    Farm and animal expert interested in starting a farm for buffalo rearing for meat purpose in Kerala. Seeks suitable investors.
  • Sreejith said on January 16, 2014
    Dear sir, I am from kerala state, India. I would like to start buffalo farm for meat purpose, no interest in milk. Please let me select suitable breed. also need your advice on feed, growth rate, feasibility, suitable and best atmosphere for its fast growth minimum investments, availability of calves, government financial assistance etc. Regards, Sreejith Achuthan, Mobile 0097150 7029515
  • Milly Grace Ajoro said on May 6, 2014
    I am the Technical Action Group (TAG) women group leader in Northern Uganda Lira. Our organization is empowering vulnerable women with sustainable organic agriculture especially on growing medicinal and nutritional plants for natural medicine production. We are requesting for capacity building in drip irrigation techniques to help us during dry spell. My mobile No. is =256 777 507928.
  • Joseph Ogwal said on May 6, 2014
    In Northern Uganda, people are suffering a lot from malaria and HIV/AIDS. I am the Regional tutorial coordinator on natural medicine. I would like to start a natural medicine production unit inside a demonstration and production medicinal garden so as to support the health sector in the region. I am requesting for support for the health cause initiated and also for training facilitation. Find me and some of my activities in Facebook, LinkedIn and cell phone +256 776 589718.
  • thomson said on June 4, 2014
    regarding buffalo farming, minimum land requirement, feasibility etc.., @ WAYANAD DIST KERALA.
  • irshad said on September 20, 2014
    hi, Good day!! I have 5 acres of dense sheltered land with abundant water in idukki district of kerala, would like to do beef rearing for meat purpose. it will be highly appreciable, if u can provide me the pre-requisite for 100 buffaloes and it financial viability
  • Mamo said on September 22, 2014
    i want to know about organic beef farming need, from Metu, Oromia, Ethiopia.
  • arun kumar said on September 29, 2014
    Kindly guide me start a meat based buffalo farm in kottayam district, kerala. Wish to know more about government aids and bank support. Kindly revert on my mail
  • Muraleedharan said on December 15, 2014
    Dear Sir, I am planning to start a buffalo farm for meat in Kannur District about 10 Acre. Please let me have a Project report from the initial stage to growing.
  • Nate Caulder said on February 20, 2015
    I am from Holcomb, MS USA and I'm hoping to become an organic beef producer. I am looking for an investor to ensure with this endeavor. Currently am managing the family cattle and agricultural farm.
  • Binuraj said on April 26, 2015
    Hi i am calicut kerala. I want to know where we get good beef for meat.
  • Lijo Joseph said on August 5, 2015
    Dear sir, I would like to start a buffalo farm in Attapady, kerala state for meat purpose. Please give me some suitable idea about it.
  • shafi arakkal said on August 8, 2015
    hi i want to start a farm of buffalo only for meat purpose . so please give me more details and advice. mail id shafiarakkel@gmail.com. mob. 8606811188
  • muneer said on September 14, 2015
    Sir.We are planning start a beef farm for meat purposes please give me your advice and suggestions.
  • Sreejith said on March 3, 2016
    Hello,Planning for a buffalo farm, need inputs.Rgds
  • Nahas said on April 4, 2016
    Hi,We are interested in starting a meat based farming in kerala. We like to start with beef .. Can you please help us with the proper guiding. Thank you
  • Jo said on May 8, 2016
    I would like to know about buffalo farming in kerala.
  • shafeeq said on June 8, 2016
    Dear sir, I would like to start a buffalo farm inAttapady, kerala state for meat purpose. Please give me some suitable idea about it.
  • jinson george said on August 2, 2016
    I just liked you guys.., why people like to do farming. you really love animals or earnings? If you love your animals, automatically earn more
  • mansoor said on October 16, 2016
    Dear sir, I would like to start a buffalo farm kerala state for meat purpose. I would like to know how to get this started.
  • Rahul said on December 5, 2016
    Sir, I would like to start buffalo farm (30 buffaloes) in Alappuzha Kerala for meat purpose. please give me all information about this.
  • lijo.jose said on April 4, 2017
    dear sir, I have some land at Vayanad and Trissur. I would like to start beef farm at these area so please give your valuable advise. I have interest for goat farming and rabbit. So please advice the good bread for these area
  • Sha said on May 16, 2018
    Dear Sir, I am planning to start a buffalo farm for meat in Wayanadu District, Kerala about 10 Acre. Please let me have a Project report, please advice on feed, growth rate, feasibility, minimum investments, availability of calves, government financial assistance etc. Regards, Sha

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