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#6614329 - 01/03/17 12:27 PM if you could raise/breed any exotic??
MAP Offline

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I've got a 50 acre tract of land that is high fenced into 2 fields. Its inside of a 500 tract of low fence land that I own. I'm wanting to get into breeding and raising some kind of high valued exotic. I'm not interested in the common exotics as they seem to be a dime a dozen. I was thinking of some type of sheep or antelope. The property is located in south Texas.

I'm looking for some help and suggestions on what kind of animal should we have. Also the pro's and con's of raising them, the cost of raising them, the profit off each animal, the marketability of them, etc etc. I'm completely new to all of this but I'm ready to get started.

My goal is to pick one animal and through trial an error, earn a reputation as the "go to guy" for which ever animal I'm raising. Thanks for any and all help

#6617597 - 01/05/17 08:44 AM Re: if you could raise/breed any exotic?? [Re: MAP]
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I can not help you on what animal would make the most profit. I do know animals that bring the most money are usually the hardest to raise. If an animal that brings good money were easy then everybody would be raising them and you know what happens then. It is like all things "Supply and Demand". The animals that bring the most are either not adapted to the area. Are dangerous to handle. Require a lot of time of a person who is trying to raise them. Are very expensive to get started. Require very expensive facilities to handle. Require many years of care to get to a marketable stage. Or have a high death rate to get to that age. Also you do not get to the "Go to Guy" stage for a specific animal over night. I have been doing this for over 20 years and I am still not there and may never be. Good luck on what ever you decide to do.

#6620611 - 01/06/17 10:42 PM Re: if you could raise/breed any exotic?? [Re: MAP]
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I think Don gave you some good advise. The ones that fetch a high price are typically ones that are hard to raise or when you lose one of your stockers (and your initial investment) it hurts.

If it were me, I would raise an exotic that I personally liked. Something you enjoyed working with and liked to look at. For me that would be one of the sheep species...maybe a high quality European Mouflon or a Transcaspian Urial. The initial investment is a lot less with Mouflons versus Urials. Whatever you decide to go with, make sure you know the pedigree and the genetics.

#6620625 - 01/06/17 10:52 PM Re: if you could raise/breed any exotic?? [Re: MAP]
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My $0.02 advice is to pick an animal that is hardy, breeds well, disease resistant and hardy. This is your starter species. After you get the hang of it, you'll learn so much that you'll be able to answer your own question on what "special" species to try next. Sell off your herd and switch over.

#6620636 - 01/06/17 10:57 PM Re: if you could raise/breed any exotic?? [Re: MAP]
MAP Offline

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Pure Mouflon are pretty high on my list, along with Urial

Whats the market like for animals like impala and blesbok? Or animals similar to these

#6620705 - 01/06/17 11:49 PM Re: if you could raise/breed any exotic?? [Re: MAP]
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Urial sheep

#6626690 - 01/10/17 08:07 PM Re: if you could raise/breed any exotic?? [Re: MAP]
phantom Offline
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Do animals that you like to look at as well. I love Blackbucks and Axis. Dont care for Fallow as much. Have a few sheep just for kicks and Whitetails. Truthfully for me the whitetails are where its at. Also plan to have another source of income because deer farms are a great write off not a great money tree. If I didnt love it I wouldnt do it. To much time and money.
Good is the enemy of Great

#6634991 - 01/16/17 09:59 AM Re: if you could raise/breed any exotic?? [Re: MAP]
rbw1 Offline
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If you want a animal that is hardy and brings good money look no further than Fallow bucks are going for a premium for the last couple of years

#6635686 - 01/16/17 07:12 PM Re: if you could raise/breed any exotic?? [Re: MAP]
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MAP, I am your "go to guy" on Mouflon! smile I can fix you up this Fall with Pure Genetics that I can trace back to Toronto, Frankfurt Germany, Ft Worth and Netherlands Zoos

#6635695 - 01/16/17 07:19 PM Re: if you could raise/breed any exotic?? [Re: MAP]
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African Lions!

#6635733 - 01/16/17 07:44 PM Re: if you could raise/breed any exotic?? [Re: scalebuster]
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Originally Posted By: scalebuster
African Lions!
^^^^^^^^^^this for sure!!!!

#6643070 - 01/21/17 07:20 PM Re: if you could raise/breed any exotic?? [Re: MAP]
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Urial are very risky to get started with. The death rate is high but have great value at maturity. If you are going to do urial, go all in and purchase enough that when some die (cause they will) you are not out of stock. Buy 10 ewes and when 4 die at least you won't be out of business. I've raised urials and often they die shortly after transport. People like Tad Pucket successfully transport them from Nebraska all the time and does well. Most of the time it is due to another hardy animal introduced into the blood line. To me it's about quality and not the regular, common exotic. If you had 35in audad for example, you're in.


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