|A range poultry business|
Most producers raise poultry for income, although some raise birds largely for pleasure or other indirect benefits, such as improving pasture fertility, increasing farm diversity, involving youth, etc.
Feasibility and business planning are important in any enterprise, but especially in specialty poultry businesses because of the risks that producers take. Feasibility planning includes personal and family considerations, marketing, production (including technical factors as well as regulatory and liability), profitability (including expense and income budgets), and financial (including cash flow).
Specialty poultry operations may have alternative business structures instead of the integrated structure that characterizes the conventional industry. Operations are often independent; although collaborative efforts are increasingly important.
- Growing Your Range Poultry Business: An Entrepreneur's Toolbox
Feasibility and business planning, includes decision tree, budgets for small flock/on-farm processing, medium flock with processing out-sourced, and establishing a mobile processing unit or a small fixed plant.
- Pastured Poultry Budgets: Slow Growing Broiler and Organic Comparisons
Comparison budgets for raising both fast-growing and slow-growing birds on pasture, under both organic and non-organic systems.
- Legal Issues for Small-scale Poultry Processors
State by state listing of laws affecting small poultry processors
- USDA Guide for Determining Whether a Poultry Slaughter or Processing Operation is Exempt from Inspection Requirements of the Poultry Products Inspection Act [PDF/437K]
- Feasibility Study on Establishing a Small Scale Small Animal Processing Facility for Independent Producers in North Carolina [PDF/2.15M]
This page was last updated on: January 26, 2015