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Poultry Entrepreneurship

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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.

Related Publications

Related Links

  • 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]


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This page was last updated on: January 26, 2015