Organic: Animal Systems

Organic: Animal Systems

Organic: Animal Systems

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This animal systems page provides information on organic poultry farming, organic dairy farming, integrated crop/livestock systems as well as broader guides on farming organic for livestock and poultry.

Dairy Your Way


This publication was created to provide information that will help producers explore the many choices available for today’s dairy farms. This book is not intended to be a how-to dairy guide or manual. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer for dairy farmers seeking success as milk producers, there are many options that can be profitable and satisfying.

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NOFA Handbooks


A series of eight handbooks for new farmers or established producers seeking to transition to organic or improve their current practices. Print only; order from Chelsea Green.


Poultry Your Way


Poultry Your Way is for anyone interested in commercially raising, processing, and marketing poultry. It is designed to help you consider alternatives, and to help you make decisions about which alternative(s) will be most compatible with your family and business goals.

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Profitable Poultry


Profitable Poultry: Raising Birds on Pasture features farmer experiences plus the latest research in a guide to raising chickens and turkeys using pens, movable fencing and pastures.

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Additional Resources

The following resources, which were not funded or produced by SARE, contain valuable information.

ATTRA Organic Poultry Production

ATTRA Pastures: Going Organic

ATTRA Predator Control for Sustainable & Organic Livestock Production

USDA Guide for Organic Livestock Producers

USDA Pasture for Organic Ruminant Livestock

Product specs
Format: Topic Rooms
Year: 2017
Location: North Central | Northeast | South | West

Organic Production Topic Room Contents

Information is available on the following topics:

Insects | Weeds | Pathogens

Whole Systems


Nutrient Management | Cover Crops | Manure


Animal Systems




Transitioning to Organic

Important: Some of the publications in the Organic Production topic room cover practices and suggestions that do not align 100 percent with organic certification requirements. Users should read carefully and always check with their organic certification agency before adopting new practices or using new materials.