Episode 182. Getting Started in Livestock. Part 2: Species Considerations

In this episode, NCAT Southeast Regional Office Director Margo Hale continues her conversation with Linda Coffey, an NCAT livestock specialist, regarding tips for those considering raising livestock.

Margo also is a livestock specialist and lifelong livestock producer, and she and Linda both raise livestock near Fayetteville, Arkansas, where the NCAT Southeast Regional Office is located.

In Part 1 (Episode 179), they covered some of the main points to consider before beginning a livestock enterprise.

This episode addresses more of the strengths, challenges, and primary needs of various animals. Many resources are mentioned and linked below to help you learn more and be well prepared to include animals on your farm. The Small-Scale Livestock Production publication, Managed Grazing tutorial, and many ATTRA blog posts are especially recommended to learn vital information.

For more information on this topic or to suggest a subject for a future podcast about livestock, you can contact Margo Hale and Linda Coffey directly via email at margoh@ncat.org or lindac@ncat.org.

ATTRA Resources:

Livestock and Pasture

Livestock and Pasture

Small-Scale Livestock Production

Working with Your Meat Processor

Managed Grazing tutorial

Blog 6: Adaptive Grazing: You Can Do It

Blog 41: Getting Started with Livestock

Blog 42: Farm Equipment and Infrastructure


Beekeeping for Beginners

Blog 31: Beekeeping Basics: Making Splits


Small Scale Sustainable Rabbit Production


Getting Started in Poultry

Blog 24: Processing Poultry Meat for Sale

Podcast episode 83: Poultry Processing

Podcast episode 98: Poultry Processing Strategies


Hogs: Pastured or Forested Production

Managing Rotational Grazing for Pigs and Poultry

Sheep and Goats

Sheep and Goats: Frequently Asked Questions

An Illustrated Guide to Sheep and Goat Production

Getting Started in Sheep and Goats

Small Ruminant Tool Box


Cattle Production

Business Planning

Business Planning and Marketing

Other Resources:

Temple Grandin’s Guide to Working with Farm Animals: Safe, Humane Livestock Handling Practices for the Small Farm

Small Scale Livestock Enterprise

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) Services for Farmers

The Livestock Conservancy

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