Farming Simulator 22 Animal Breeding Guide: How To Raise Animals
Just like previous versions of the Agriculture simulator franchise, Farming Simulator 22 includes both arable and the ability to raise a number of different animals as a means of earning money. With cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, horses, and bees to choose from, herding can be a little overwhelming.
In this Farming Simulator 22 breeding guide, we are going to talk about animals and the role they play in your million dollar farming empire. We’ll list the animals below, from the most passive to the most labor-intensive, so you can prioritize which ones to add to your farm. Some require more attention than others, but not all reward time spent in the same way.
Animal husbandry in Farming Simulator 22
Bees and bees
One of the fastest and cheapest options to get started is bees. Bees are one of the new animals Farming Simulator 22 and are one of the best forms of passive income, with a few caveats.
With bees, you just need to place them and provide a point where their honey will be sent. From there, the honey will be transported and either sold or used at greater capacity through the production chain.
That being said, you can raise bees for as little as $ 1,300, although I would suggest ‘go big’ and choose the largest beehive that costs $ 19,000 and gives, on normal difficulty at least, usually a pallet of honey per day.
Besides being a form of cheap income, bees also give a small yield bonus to potatoes, canola, and sunflowers if it is planted near these fields. It is to highlight that you can only have one honey collection point, so make sure you have it in a frequented place to follow the production.
Honey can be sold as is or used in grain production if you have the appropriate installation for it.
Chicken (s) Small
Chickens are the second most passive source of income when it comes to animals in Farming Simulator 22, and Raising chickens is a great way to really make money at the start of your career..
Chickens are cheap animals. They cost $ 5 each, plus delivery costs if you don’t have your own trailer to transport livestock. There are two choices available for poultry houses for chickens: a relatively cheap grazing for $ 6,000 which can contain 30 chickens or the $ 79,000 USD chicken coop who can shelter 360 chickens.
The best value for money here is go for the biggest chicken coop. Firstly, pastures for all animals are more work because they require water, which you will need to bring to them. Poultry houses and barns automatically fill your animals with water.
Second, buy a rooster to fertilize the eggs – I would recommend one for every 10 hens. Having more chickens is a better long term strategy than selling short term eggs. I started my chicken coop with 6 roosters and 60 hens, and after my second year my chicken population was 246 without buying more chickens.
Chickens can eat wheat, barley and sorghum, all of which are bountiful harvests. However, choose sorghum as a forage crop because it can be used for chickens and horses.
Dreaming of fabric sheep
The sheep themselves are a good source of income. These are the last that I would qualify as passive. With a sheepfold, your only concern is to supply grass or hay to keep them fed and happy.
Sheep can enter a higher price of $ 97,000 USD for the best barn capable of housing 25 sheep, but these are animals well worth the investment for their by-product: wool.
Oldest boy is a good seller as is, averaging between $ 1,000 and $ 1,300 per m3, putting a full pallet at around $ 4,000. But the real money is in transform wool into fabric in a spinning mill, who more than double the sale price.
Until the cows come home
Cows are one of the most iconic farm animals, so you can start here when adding animals to your farm, but they ask for more work that bees, chickens and sheep in Farming Simulator 22.
To be happy and productive, cows need a feed mix known as the total mixed ration. TMR is made up of grass, hay and silage, which you will need to do yourself unless you purchase the automated barn for US $ 722,500. It does, however, have an automated feeding robot that takes care of the animals for you. However, you will need to provide grass, hay, and silage, which takes time and effort.
Cows are animals that will also produce slurry, which can be used as liquid fertilizer for your fields. If you add Straw at the barn, they will do manure instead, which can also be used as a fertilizer or sold to the biogas plant to earn a little more money.
Horses are planted firmly in the list of active animals, but require a little less maintenance than cows when it comes to the materials needed to raise them. For horses you will need straw for bedding, oats / sorghum, and hay to feed, and if you choose a barn rather than an enclosure (which is highly recommended), you don’t have to worry about the water.
Horses are not as resource hungry as they are time consuming animals.
There are no by-products to sell from horses. Instead, horses are animals that require your time in the form of training, which increases their value. You will need to assemble them daily and keep them well maintained in order to strengthen their health and fitness and increase their value.
You can buy a horse for $ 500 USD and after seven months of feeding, riding and grooming, sell them for around $ 1,300 USD, which is not a bad profit. I have tested all the different breeds of horses, and there is no monetary difference between the animals.
Pigs in the mud
Pigs are the most resource-intensive animals available in the base game. Pigs need a good mix of crops to meet their dietary needs, with the following crops ranked from most efficient to least efficient:
- Maize / Sorghum – 50%
- Wheat / barley – 25%
- Soybean / Canola / Sunflower – 20%
- Potatoes / sugar beets – 5%
While you don’t necessarily have to feed them all of the above crops, you won’t be maximizing your profits otherwise.
To bypass the growth of all these crops, provide pigs with pig feed from the store. However, this is not the most cost effective choice, as each 1000 L pallet of food costs $ 1000.
Pigs are animals that will make slurry as a by-product but not manure (even if you add straw to the barn, which is needed as bedding material). However, they must be in the barn to do so; it cannot be produced in pasture for pigs, which makes barns a better option for making more money.
Like horses and cows, you earn money by raising and selling pigs. There is no price difference between breeds – cosmetic only – and if all their needs are met, pigs usually breed every 4 to 5 months once they have reached the appropriate age.
To maximize profits with these animals, invest yourself in an animal trailer to bring your pigs (and horses / cows) to the animal dealer to avoid paying transportation costs.
And that covers the basics of breeding and caring for animals in Farming Simulator 22. Animals can be a fun and profitable addition to your farm, as well as something to occupy your time between planting and harvesting crops. They are also a great way to make more money during the winter months when farming is not an option.