Farm Manager 2021 – Animal Diets Guide

Until we get an in game wiki to tell us what each thing needs before buying them this is just a quick list of each animals dietary requirements so you can plan ahead. I’ll also include some tips on how to utilise each type of animal.

Guide to Animal Diets

Boar

Diet

  • Corn
  • Potato
  • Cabbage
  • Lupine
  • Soya

The slaughterhouse requires 1 boar. These guys breed pretty quickly. I was trying to get rid of them so I could replace with pigs and they bred too quickly for one slaughterhouse to take, even though I had set it so it would take all of them, had to use a second slaughterhouse to get rid of all of them.

Obviously they don’t produce anything so you’d want to breed for meat, however pigs sell for more and breed just as quickly so I wouldn’t use these unless you want some variety

Carp

Diet

  • Rye
  • Corn
  • Lupine
  • Wheat
  • Soya

I haven’t used fish farms yet so I’ll come back to this.

Chicken

Diet

  • Oat
  • Corn
  • Soya
  • Potato
  • Sunflower – I wouldn’t use this for feed as you should use it to produce oil.

So the slaughterhouse needs 10 chickens in order to produce any meat. This isn’t ideal if you have small pens so only look to producing chickens for meat if you have the larger pens and several of them. But really you should focus on producing eggs.

I haven’t tested the rate of breeding for chickens so I’ll come back to this.

Cow

Diet

Probably the easiest to feed, pretty much everything can be made quickly and produces a lot per harvest

  • Grass
  • Silage – Use your grass to produce this.
  • Oat
  • Fodder Beets
  • Crops

The slaughterhouse requires 2 cows and beef sells for the most but I would definitely focus on producing milk. However, if you have a lot of large pens you could do both. Just bear in mind cows don’t breed quickly so you’ll probably see the notification that you don’t have enough a lot

Deer

Diet

  • Grass
  • Apple
  • Oat
  • Barley
  • Fodder Beets

The slaughterhouse only requires 1 deer and deer don’t produce anything else so you’d obviously want to focus on breeding for meat. However, like cows, deer don’t seem to breed that quickly so really you’d only need a lot of small pens, and take one or two from each pen but in my opinion you’re better off with cows.

Duck

Diet

  • Oat
  • Barley
  • Buckwheat
  • Soya
  • Cabbage

The slaughterhouse requires 10 ducks before it produces any meat so you should focus on producing eggs unless you have a lot of the larger pens. However you should note that this is the best priced meat out of this pen.

Goat

Diet

Fairly easy to feed

  • Grass
  • Silage – Use grass to produce this
  • Carrot
  • Crops
  • Straw

You definitely want to be producing milk, goat milk can sell for a good amount and 10 goats can produce around 40-50 units each time. The slaughterhouse requires 2 goats but I don’t think its worth it. You should note that goats breed pretty quickly though so you could do both if you really wanted to but in comparison to other animals the price of the meat isn’t worth it.

Goose

Diet

  • Wheat
  • Corn
  • Barley
  • Potato
  • Carrot

The slaughterhouse only requires 5 geese to produce meat so you could breed for meat, you will need several pens to make this worthwhile but you may not necessarily need the larger pens for this.

Ostrich

Diet

  • Corn
  • Sorghum
  • Soya
  • Linseed – Grind flax in a mill, but flax can be used for oil so you may want to juggle
  • Sunflower – Can be used for oil instead

The slaughterhouse requires 2 ostriches but they sell for a decent price. Their eggs also sell for a fair bit. I am going to test their breeding rate to see if breeding for meat is worth it and I’ll come back to this

Pig

Diet

  • Rye
  • Oat
  • Corn
  • Soya
  • Lupine

The slaughterhouse requires 2 pigs but they breed very quickly. Although my slaughterhouse kept complaining they didn’t have enough but everytime I looked they had around 20 pigs stored. Pig meat sells for a decent amount and pigs don’t produce anything so you’d want to breed for meat, you don’t even need the larger pens if you’re trying to save space.

Quail

Diet

  • Wheat
  • Buckwheat – I’m not sure if it was a bug but I had a 52×52 field and it only produced under 1000 so maybe don’t use for feed.
  • Linseed – You produce this by grinding flax in a mill. However you can turn flax into oil so you may want to juggle this.
  • Apple – An apple orchard produces a lot so I would focus on this.
  • Pumpkin

So far I haven’t seen much use out of these guys, I was producing organic eggs but they really didn’t sell for much. With regard to meat, it takes 10 of these little guys and the price isn’t that impressive so I would definitely focus on producing eggs.

Sheep

Diet

  • Crops
  • Grass
  • Wheat
  • Soya
  • Pea – An average sized field really doesn’t produce a lot so just bear that in mind.

Sheep are a bit tricky. They don’t produce milk as quickly as cows and goats and their wool doesn’t really sell for much too. But sheep milk can be turned into sheep cheese which is the best product to produce in the milk processing plant. I would definitely focus on producing milk, if you find you’re running out while making cheese switch to the yellow cow cheese and wait for your supply to build up again.

The slaughterhouse requires 1 sheep but produces a small amount of meat and doesn’t sell for much so I wouldn’t use for slaughter.

Turkey

Diet

  • Oat
  • Colza
  • Grass
  • Rye
  • Corn

I have never used turkeys before but I know the slaughterhouse requires 5. You can’t keep turkeys in a small pen so you need the medium or large pen which means you should be able to keep plenty for the slaughterhouse however the price of the meat doesn’t seem enough for the effort.

I would consider keeping them if you have colza fields because you can make colza honey at the same time. But colza can also be used for oil so in my opinion its not worth keeping turkeys.

Trout

Diet

  • Rye
  • Corn
  • Sorghum
  • Buckwheat – Don’t know if its a bug but a large field of mine only produced under 1000 so i don’t know if I’d use this for feed.
  • Soya

Haven’t used fish farms yet so I’ll come back to this.

Conclusion

As you’ll see above a lot of animals have overlapping feeds so I would definitely focus on producing.

  • Grass
  • Silage
  • Wheat
  • Oat
  • Soya
  • Fodder Beets
  • Straw – You’ll get plenty of this if you produce wheat and oat.