Profiting from Layers, Broilers, Turkeys, and Ducks
Many new farmers get started with poultry, because it’s a relatively low-investment enterprise with a fairly quick turnaround time from start-up to revenue. The margins can be slim though, and farmers need to develop the necessary skill set to produce a product that is both safe and profitable. This course will help you get started with all the basic information to build a successful poultry enterprise.
Beginner – The course is for aspiring and beginning farmers (individuals with limited or no experience with poultry rearing) seeking to learn about poultry production and the marketing, processing, and sales of poultry and poultry products in New York State. (NOTE: You do not have to be farming in NYS to benefit from the production-oriented information in this course. Only the regulatory information covered is NY-specific).
At the completion of this course, you will:
- Know the basics of poultry production from field to plate
- Have knowledge of breed selection, production systems, flock management practices, and cost of production
- Identify rules and regulation for sale of poultry products to various market outlets
The bulk of the course happens on your own time, with discussions, readings, and assignments in Teachable, our virtual classroom. To add to the experience, webinars will be woven into the online interface of the course to allow you to meet on a weekly basis to learn from outside presenters and address your farm questions in real time. If you miss one, they are always recorded and posted for later viewing.
Live instruction for 2022 has concluded. While we encourage live attendance so you have the opportunity to
engage with the presenters and ask questions, all webinars are recorded and
posted in your online classroom for students to watch anytime. Once you
have enrolled in this course, you will retain access to all
materials indefinitely, and can return to participate in the live
webinars in future offerings of the course if you wish.
Our next live session will be offered in Fall 2023. Please join us!
Michelle Proscia has been the agriculture educator for Cornell
Cooperative Extension in Sullivan County, NY since 2013, where she offers technical assistance and educational programming to farmers and community members in the area of Agriculture. She received her
bachelor’s degree in Large Animal Science from Delaware Valley College.
Michelle has also managed a small farm that raised poultry, sheep and
Rachel Moody grew up on a family dairy farm and participated in 4-H showing cattle, goats and chickens. She has been in ag education for almost two decades and is currently a livestock educator with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Capital Area Ag and Hort Program in the Albany area. Rachel and her husband purchased her family’s farm where they have a farm store and raise poultry, sheep, cattle and have a team of drafts.