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Overview Guide


Guide to ATTRA's Livestock and Pasture Publications - IP352

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Cattle Production


Publications

Beef Farm Sustainability Checksheet (full version, 16 pages) - IP129

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Beef Farm Sustainability Checksheet (short version, 4 pages) - IP129EZ

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Beef Marketing Alternatives - IP290

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Building a Montana Organic Livestock Industry - IP346

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Dairy Beef - IP368

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Dairy Farm Energy Efficiency - IP355

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Dairy Farm Sustainability Checksheet - IP174

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Dairy Production on Pasture: An Introduction to Grass-Based and Seasonal Dairying - IP340

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Dairy Resource List: Organic and Pasture-Based - IP307

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Grazing Calculator: Extended Cow Calf Pair - IP458

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Irrigated Pastures: Setting Up an Intensive Grazing System That Works - IP456

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Multispecies Grazing - CT147

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Natural Livestock Feasibility Study - IP347

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No-Till Case Study, Brown’s Ranch: Improving Soil Health Improves the Bottom Line - IP440

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No-Till Case Study, Miller Farm: Restoring Grazing Land with Cover Crops - IP444

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No-Till Case Study, Richter Farm: Cover Crop Cocktails in a Forage-Based System - IP437

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Organic and Grass-finished Beef Cattle Production - IP305

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Pasture for Organic Ruminant Livestock: Understanding and Implementing the National Organic Program (NOP) Pasture Rule - IP374

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Raising Dairy Heifers on Pasture - IP356

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Ruminant Nutrition for Graziers - IP318

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Small-Scale Intensive Farm Publications CD - IP418

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Small-Scale Livestock Production - IP411

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The Economics of Grass-Based Dairying - IP210

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Value-added Dairy Options - CT151

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Why Intensive Grazing on Irrigated Pastures? - IP457

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Links to Other Beef and Dairy Information

Beef Cattle Production

Beef Cattle Resources, Oklahoma State University
Over 120 publications on all aspects of beef cattle production and management.
Cow-Calf Management Guide and Cattle Producer's Library
Developed by the Western Beef Resource Committee, produced by the Animal and Veterinary Science Department College of (Online, CD, and print) Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Idaho. Over 250 fact sheets for cattle producers, including sections on quality assurance, nutrition, reproduction, range and pasture, animal health, management, marketing, finance, genetics, and other natural disasters. The library is revised annually.
Iowa State University, Iowa Beef Center
Extensive information on beef cattle production Iowa and the Midwestern states.
Montana State University Beef Cattle Extension Program
Extensive information on beef cattle production in Montana, the intermountain regions, and the northern plains.
Texas A&M University, Department of Animal Science Beef Cattle Publications
Extensive information on beef cattle production in Texas and similar climates.

Dairy Cattle Production

Center for Dairy Profitability, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Educational and applied research programs emphasizing business management, human resource management, production systems, finance and marketing systems that enhance dairy profitability.
Dairy Your Way: A Guide to Management Options for the Upper Midwest, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Instructional booklet on housing options, grazing, organic production, custom heifer raising, value-added processing, milking center options, and entry & exit strategies.
Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance
Organization enabling organic dairy farmers to have informed discussion about matters critical to the well being of the organic dairy industry.
Organic Dairy Farming: A Resource for Farmers
(2006), Jody Padgham, editor, Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service. A comprehensive resource that covers organic production from nutrition to marketing, including a resource list and farmer profiles.
Organic Dairy Transitions Project
The Organic Dairy Transitions Program was created to design comprehensive resources for individuals interested in organic dairy farm management in the Northeast. The project has two books to help conventional dairy farmers transition to organic dairy production.
Prescribed Grazing and Feeding Management for Lactating Dairy Cows, NY GLCI
Lactating cows are a challenge to the grazing manager. This book highlights research and practice on pasture as a substantial feed source for dairy cows. [PDF/15.1MB]

Livestock Housing, Equipment, and Handling Facilities

Beef Housing and Equipment Handbook
NRAES
Canada Plan Service Dairy Cattle Barn and Equipment Plans
Corral and Working Facilities for Beef Cattle
Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service. [PDF/1.7MB]
Design of Ranch Corrals and Squeeze Chutes for Cattle
Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service. [PDF/4.8MB]
Electric Fencing for Serious Graziers
Columbia, MO: Missouri Natural Resources Conservation Service. 2005. [PDF/3.4 MB]
Handling Livestock Behaviour, Design of Facilities and Humane Slaughter
Grandin is America's foremost expert in livestock psychology and handling system design. Her Web site is full of resources to assist producers in laying out and building livestock handling facilities with the animal in mind. The Beef Cattle Behaviour Handling and Facilities Design Book (2nd edition) can be ordered from the Web site.
Penn State Dairy Housing Plans
NRAES Publications
Watering Systems for Serious Graziers
Columbia, MO: Missouri Natural Resources Conservation Service. 2006. [PDF/6.5MB]

 

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Sheep and Goats


Publications

An Illustrated Guide to Sheep and Goat Production - IP330

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An Illustrated Guide to Sheep and Goat Production (Hmong language version) Lb phau duab qhia txog kev tu yaj thiab tshis - IP345

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Dairy Goats: Sustainable Production - IP258

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Dairy Sheep - IP288

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Goats: Sustainable Production Overview - IP248

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Managing Internal Parasites in Sheep and Goats - IP293

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Meat Goats: Sustainable Production - IP200

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Multispecies Grazing - CT147

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Pasture for Organic Ruminant Livestock: Understanding and Implementing the National Organic Program (NOP) Pasture Rule - IP374

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Predator Control for Sustainable & Organic Livestock Production - IP196

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Putting a Hand on Them - How to Tell When Your Lamb is Finished - IP468

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Sheep: Sustainable and Organic Production - IP102

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Small Ruminant Checksheet Quick Start - IP259

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Small Ruminant Resources - RL043

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Small Ruminant Sustainability Checksheet - IP254

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Small Ruminant Toolbox Flash Drive - IP474

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Small-Scale Intensive Farm Publications CD - IP418

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Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Dairy - IP396

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Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Fiber - IP397

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Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Live Animals - IP398

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Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Meat - IP399

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Tips for Marketing Sheep and Goat Products: Vegetation Management Services - IP403

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Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Animal Selection - IP400

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Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Copper Wire Particles - IP317

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Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Pasture Management - IP401

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Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Sericea Lespedeza - IP316

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Links to Other Sheep and Goat Information

American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control
Langston University on-line goat course
Maryland Small Ruminant Page
National Goat Handbook
University of Maryland [PDF/968KB]
Principles of Sheep Dairying in North America (PDF)
[PDF/11.4MB]
Sheep and Goat Marketing

 

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Hogs


Publications

Hog Production Alternatives - IP019

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Hooped Shelters for Hogs - CT149

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Pork: Marketing Alternatives - IP153

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Raising Organic Pigs: A Guide to USDA Certified Organic Requirements - IP185

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Small-Scale Intensive Farm Publications CD - IP418

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Small-Scale Livestock Production - IP411

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Links to Other Hog Information

Iowa State University: Hoop Structures for Swine
This site includes some research results of interest to anyone considering hoop housing for swine. Archives hold articles previous to 2000.
National Pork Board: Nichepork - Find What You're Looking For
This user-friendly site allows you to find a processor or producer (or be listed as one), locate articles and resources, newsletters, and more. You will find information for producers and processors, chefs and retailers, and consumers. Producers who want to market to retailers will appreciate the support materials provided on this site.
National Swine Nutrition Guide
The 2010 National Swine Nutrition Guide is a practical publication containing nutrient recommendations and feeding guidelines. The guide consists of nutrition factsheets and diet formulation and evaluation software. The guide was written as a collaboration between university swine nutritionists and swine industry specialists.
Pork Information Gateway
While there is information for large integrated and contract growers, there are also good fact sheets about feeding, gestation, pastured pigs, immunization, and swine diseases specific to pastured systems.
Pork Niche Market Working Group
The Leopold Center hosts this group and includes many useful reports, including information about economics, breeds, health, and more.
Practical Farmers of Iowa Niche Pork
Pig research studies and two outstanding handbooks available for free download; Managing for Herd Health in Alternative Swine Systems: A Guide and the Niche Pork Production Handbook. Many other resources included on this site as well, including housing information. Click on "resources" and then "niche pork"; research reports are a separate button.
Virginia Cooperative Extension: Producing Niche Market Pork
This is a very concise and well-done article that hits on some of the key issues to consider before entering this business.

 

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Aquaculture


Publications

Aquaculture Enterprises: Considerations and Strategies - IP353

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Aquaponics — Integration of Hydroponics with Aquaculture - IP163

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Photovoltaic Applications in Aquaculture: A Primer - IP473

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Links to Other Aquaculture Information

Alabama Education in aquatic sciences, Aquaculture, Recreational fisheries and Natural resource conservation (ALEARN)
Provides a highly informative, single point, user friendly information source for commercial growers and those with commercial aquabusiness interests.
American Fisheries Society Online Journals
Aquaculture and Aquaponics
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center
Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources, Purdue University
Includes link to Aquaponics video.
Aquanews Archives
Aquaponics Information from Nelson + Pade
Aquaponics Journal
Publication covering aquaponic technology, information and events.
Ecological Aquaculture: A Sustainable Solution
Laurence Hutchinson, 2005
Ecotao's Aquaculture Links
Mississippi State University Aquaculture Publications
NOAA Office of Aquaculture
Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center (NRAC)
NRAC is a principal public forum for the advancement and dissemination of science and technology needed by Northeastern aquacultural producers and support industries. Publications are located here: www.nrac.umd.edu/publications/factSheets.cfm.
Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
Resources and programs to build markets and communities, and foster sustainable fisheries along the east coast between the Labrador Sea and Cape Hatteras.
Small Scale Aquaculture
A hobbyist's guide to growing fish in greenhouses, recirculating systems, cages, and flowing water.
Steven Van Gorder, 2000.
Southern Regional Aquaculture Center Publications
The Southern Regional Aquaculture Center has an online library of very helpful publications on all aspects of aquaculture, from pond and cage construction to species and disease to marketing and promotion.
The World Aquaculture Society
Water Harvesting and Aquaculture for Rural Development
Auburn University

 

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Other Livestock Species


Publications

Alternative Pollinators: Native Bees - IP126

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Beekeeping/Apiculture - IP229

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Bison Production - IP151

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Draft Animal Power for Farming - IP335

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Llamas and Alpacas on the Farm - IP430

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Small-Scale Intensive Farm Publications CD - IP418

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Small-Scale Livestock Production - IP411

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Small-Scale Sustainable Rabbit Production - IP445

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Vermicomposting: The Basics - IP454

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Worms for Bait or Waste Processing (Vermicomposting) - IP110

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Links to More Information on these Species

American Beekeeping Federation
American Emu Association
American Honey Producers Association
American Ostrich Association
American Rabbit Breeders Association
Commercial Rabbit Production
[PDF/152KB]
Cornell Vermicompost Research
Enhancing Beneficial Insects with Native Plants
From Michigan State University.
Government of Saskatchewan Bison Page
Manual of On-Farm Vermicomposting and Vermiculture
Courtesy of OACC, Canada [PDF/955KB]
North Carolina Extension
A good collection of links centered on Native Bees.
Ohio State's Earthworms and Vermiculture Publications
Rabbit Production
Courtesy of Mississippi State Extension
Staright Arrow Bison Ranch: Nutritional Meat Raised on a Family Farm
[PDF/192KB]
The Xerces Society - Bees
Vermiculture and Vermicomposting
Courtesy of Rhonda Sherman, NC State University.

 

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Animal Health and Nutrition


Publications

Grazing Calculator: Extended Cow Calf Pair - IP458

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Integrated Parasite Management for Livestock - IP150

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Irrigated Pastures: Setting Up an Intensive Grazing System That Works - IP456

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Llamas and Alpacas on the Farm - IP430

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Managing Internal Parasites in Sheep and Goats - IP293

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No-Till Case Study, Brown’s Ranch: Improving Soil Health Improves the Bottom Line - IP440

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No-Till Case Study, Miller Farm: Restoring Grazing Land with Cover Crops - IP444

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No-Till Case Study, Richter Farm: Cover Crop Cocktails in a Forage-Based System - IP437

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Nutrición para Rumiantes en Pastoreo - SP318

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Organic Livestock Feed Suppliers Database - IP171

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Parasite Management for Natural and Organic Poultry: Blackhead in Turkeys - IP372

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Parasite Management for Natural and Organic Poultry: Coccidiosis - IP245

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Pastured Poultry Nutrition and Forages - IP453

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Putting a Hand on Them - How to Tell When Your Lamb is Finished - IP468

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Ruminant Nutrition for Graziers - IP318

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Small-Scale Sustainable Rabbit Production - IP445

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Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Animal Selection - IP400

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Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Copper Wire Particles - IP317

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Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Pasture Management - IP401

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Tools for Managing Internal Parasites in Small Ruminants: Sericea Lespedeza - IP316

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Why Intensive Grazing on Irrigated Pastures? - IP457

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Links to Other Animal Health and Nutrition Information

Alternative and Herbal Livestock Health Sourcebook
Morris, Northeast Regional Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. Includes links to resources on alternative livestock health. [PDF/1.76MB]
Alternative Treatments for Ruminant Animals
Courtesy of Paul Dettloff, DVM. Available for online ordering.
Beef Cattle Nutrition Workbook
From Oregon State University Extension.
Langston University, Agricultural Research and Extension Programs
Includes Goat Nutrient Requirement Calculators and Nutrient Requirements for Goats
Maryland Small Ruminant Page: Feeding and Nutrition
Merck Veterinary Manual
Online text version is an authoritative reference for animal health, disease, and management information.
National Swine Nutrition Guide
The 2010 National Swine Nutrition Guide is a practical publication containing nutrient recommendations and feeding guidelines. The guide consists of nutrition factsheets and diet formulation and evaluation software. The guide was written as a collaboration between university swine nutritionists and swine industry specialists.
Penn State University Dairy Cattle Nutrition
The Virtual Dairy Cattle Encyclopedia of Reproduction
Michigan State University, 2008. A Web-based teaching tool designed to provide information on the fundamentals of dairy cattle reproduction, new technologies and the importance of reproduction to dairy farm profitability.
Treating Dairy Cows Naturally
Hubert Karreman, Penn Dutch Cow Care, 2007.

 

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This page was last updated on: July 15, 2011