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Livestock and pasture

Alternative livestock systems are methods of production and marketing that lie outside the mainstream or conventional ways of raising livestock.

This includes organic production, pasturing, small flocks and herds, minimal antibiotic use, and a connection to local and niche markets. We provide information on characteristics of different breeds, nutritional needs, pasture and forage needs, basic care/housing needs, building markets, and marketing new products.

Chickens in a coop


Backyard chickens, small flocks, day-range pasturing, daily move pens. More



Swedish deep-straw farrowing, deep-straw hoop structures, pasture production. More

Mother goat and kids

Sheep and goats

Raising small ruminants for dairy, meat, wool. More

A Buelingo cow and calf

Beef cattle

Forage and grass finishing, organic production, growth promotants-free beef. More

Resources for other livestock

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