Profitable Poultry Resources

General Information

SARE Outreach; Patapsco Building, Suite 1122
College Park, MD 20742-6715;
SARE is a nationwide grant making and education program with the mission of advancing sustainable innovations to the whole of American agriculture. SARE Outreach produces information on sustainable agriculture, primarily based on SARE research results.

P.O. Box 3838, Butte, MT 59702; (800) 275-6228
Provides assistance and resources to farmers and other ag professionals. ATTRA has a tremendous amount of information on nearly every agricultural enterprise, including sustainable poultry.

USDA National Agricultural Library Rm. 132
Beltsville, MD 20705; (301) 504-6559;
Provides online information resources, referrals and database searching, with specialized information on organic production.

P.O. Box 477, Pittsboro, NC 27312; (919) 542-5704
The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy protects genetic diversity in livestock and poultry species through the conservation and promotion of endangered breeds.


Visit ATTRA for: Growing Your Range Poultry Business: An Entrepreneur’s Toolbox • Pastured-Raised Poultry Nutrition • Small-Scale Poultry Processing • Small-Scale Egg Handling • Organic Poultry Production: Providing Adequate Methionine

SARE; (301) 374-9696
This in-depth guide brings the business planning process alive to help transform farm-grown inspiration into profitable enterprises. Free download online.

Good Earth Publications; (540) 261-8775

Good Earth Publications; (540) 261-8775

Norton Creek Press; 36475 Norton Creek Road
Blodgett, OR 97326

P.O. Box 85, Hughesville, PA 17737-0085
(570) 584-2309

By Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms
Published by Acres U.S.A.; (800) 355-5313

APPPA; P.O. Box 85
Hughesville, PA 17737-0085
(570) 584-2309
A comprehensive collection of informative Grit! articles written by pastured-poultry producers for pastured-poultry producers.

The Stockman Grass Farmer; P.O. Box 2300
Ridgeland, MS 39158-9911; (800) 748-9808
This monthly magazine is devoted to the art and science of turning grass into cash.

Storey Publishing; 210 MASS MoCA Way,
North Adams, MA 01247; (800) 441-5700

Norton Creek Press; 36475 Norton Creek Road
Blodgett, OR 97326

Acres U.S.A.; (800) 355-5313
This 395-page book, written by SARE grantee Kelly Klober, offers valuable insight into rare, heritage and heirloom breed selection, chick raising, breeding and marketing for meat and egg production.

Online Sources

A comprehensive, free guide to raising heritage turkeys.

Available with membership to APPPA.

(800) 233-3935
The online/phone hotline of USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service (regulates processing of poultry). Producers can talk with regulatory professionals and get straight answers. If requested, producers can get answers in print on letterhead for their records and protection.

A state-by-state listing of USDA and state-inspected processors that work with farmers.

Cornell University
This 28-page guide on regulations is specific to New York, but has good general information.

Find online cost calculators for poultry production and processing; and guidebooks (free PDF downloads) on building an on-farm poultry processing facility, food safety and licensing.

NMPAN is a national network of people and organizations creating and supporting appropriate-scale meat processing infrastructure for niche meat markets. NMPAN provides information and resources to processors, producers, buyers, regulators and others.

This list serves pastured poultry enterprise operators, who raise poultry for meat and eggs.

Compiled by NMPAN, this document covers the state-by-state laws concerning the federal on-farm poultry slaughtering exemption.

Pastured Poultry Budget Calculators
There are many budget tools available online to help pastured poultry producers calculate costs and returns. Here is a sampling: