Magic is performed through a series of steps. A mage sits in the center of a drawn invocation circle, surrounded by the various ingredients needed to perform the spell. The mage then utters the incantation, which can take anywhere from minutes to hours depending on the spell. Magic is the seat of power in this nation, which sits among the most powerful in the world. Slavery is also legal in this nation, with the lives of slaves being worth less than regular, hard-working and decent citizens. There are spells which require harmless ingredients like eye of newt, and there are spells that require the body parts of recently killed children. Therefore, the children born to slaves are suitable to be used as ingredients for spells when needed.
However, the business model of growing slaves for this purpose is a multi-step process. One must take into consideration the length of time it takes for a child to be born, and then raising it to a certain age where it can be killed and harvested. Room and board must be considered, as it must be fed and housed to keep it healthy and alive. Naturally, the parents of said slave won't understand that they are subhuman and undeserving of rights, and may seek to intervene or rebel against their child being sacrificed for a greater cause. All of this can make the process prohibitively expensive, and may push owners to cut costs by simply buying slaves from an established market. It is simpler, easier, and cheaper to have a ready to order slave than invest in this long term process fraught with many perils.
I need to prevent these markets from developing as a competing business model for slave owners. This involves making the process of growing and raising slaves as cost-efficient as possible. What can I do to make harvesting one's own slaves a better option than buying them?