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Knowing how to house and handle your chickens is essential to their
performance and well-being. With this
you can learn about
brooding and how to safely handle chicks.
There is a wide array of chicken breeds for different purposes.
you can learn about what breeds are best for your interest, whether it
be meat, eggs or exhibition.
If you are interested in raising chickens,
is a great starter with
basic information on chicken types (meat vs. eggs) and housing.
If you are wondering exactly how eggs are produced, you can learn
bout it right
Purdue Beef Center
has great information for beef producers of all
sizes. There is information on everything from breeding to weaning to
health management. A lot of this information is available in easily
accessible videos and podcast.
Learn what is meant by terms like “average daily gain” (ADG), “feed to
gain ratio” (F:G), “calf crop”, “F1”, “polled”, “out-crossing” in
glossary of beef terms.
Knowing how to properly administer vaccines is essential to the health
and well-being of your cattle as well as the quality of beef that they
you can learn the basics of how to administer vaccines
ffectively and safely.
Body conditioning scoring (BCS) is a great way to measure the health
of both individual animals and your whole herd. This
guides you through that process.
After calving, cows produce colostrum. Colostrum transfers important
antibodies to the new-born calf that protect it from disease.
can learn about the importance of colostrum and its role in preventing
– When determining what to feed you livestock, take a look at this publication for help on calculating the correct feed ration. This publication shows you how to calculate it by hand and by using a computer.
Body Condition Scoring
– The ideal body condition score for cattle is around 5. However, without learning how to identify a “5” you will not know which cattle you have that might need the extra push to reach the ideal. This publication will help you learn how to body condition core your cattle.
Forage Testing for Beef
– Information on how to do a forage test can be found here along with information on how to interrupt the results. If you would like to do a forage test and need help obtaining a forage probe, please contact your local Purdue Extension Office.
Indiana Beef Cattle Association
– The Indiana Beef Cattle Association has information for both producers and consumers of beef. For producers, you can find out about area beef meetings while consumers can find great recipes and more about beef production.
Indiana Beef Evaluation Program
– The Indiana Beef Evaluation Program allows producers a chance to have their bulls put on a test to determine their EPDs and quality characteristics before being sold in one of the two bi-annual sales (Spring and Fall).
Indiana Board of Animal Health
– Important animal health facts can be found at the Indiana Board of Animal Health website. Some of those
facts can deal with obtaining a premise ID, animal feed recalls, and much more.
Sheep and goats share many of the same health problems. This
gives and overview of common health issues in small
ruminants and ways to prevent them.
Parasites can be a problem in both sheep and goats. Learn the basics
of parasites and their control in small ruminants in this
Foot rot can be highly problematic in sheep and goats. This
describes the causes and symptoms of foot rot as well as some
Niche Pork Production Handbook
out of Iowa State is an excellent
resource for anyone interested in small scale swine production.
Auburn University Extension has put together a series of
small scale swine producers including information on
, breeding and marketing.
Penn State has a primer on
housing to budgeting
The Video below is a resource developed by the Cornell Small Farms team that highlights a local farm's successful method of production for their pasture pigs.
The Purdue Department of Food Science has put together a series of
publications aimed at small meat processing plants.
Small Meat Processing Plants: Overview of HACCP
Small Meat Processing Plants: Selection and Maintenance of Temperature
Small Meat Processing Plants: A Pest Control Program
Small Meat Processing Plants: A Recall and Traceability Program
Small Meat Processing Plants: SSOP and GMP Practices and Programs (Sanitation
Standared Operating Procedures and Good Manufacturing Practices)
Small Meat Processing Plants: Verification Programs
eXtension.org offers some resources on
rules and regulations
poultry processing including
exemptions in the case of small numbers of birds.
The following video will provide additional information about parasite control and fecal testing for small ruminants
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