Get Your Questions Answered
Do you have specific questions about your next steps, processes or regulations related to livestock? From livestock expansion experts to industry associations, several resources and people are ready to answer your questions and provide support.
As the livestock business developer for the Illinois Livestock Development Group, Nic Anderson helps farmers build new and expanded livestock barns. He provides guidance, develops educational materials and coordinates public hearing support. He also works with commodity groups to build community support.
Ted Funk, Ph.D.
A licensed professional engineer, Ted Funk provides consulting services on environmental, structural and energy issues to the livestock industry in Illinois and the Midwest. Funk worked for 33 years as an Extension engineer with the University of Illinois. He continues to serve as a resource for producer training programs, seminars and workshops on environmental management and animal housing systems.
Decision-Making Tools and Resources
Diversifying with animal agriculture is a big decision. These resources can help you decide if adding livestock is best for you, your farm and your family.
Financial, farm management and risk management tools provide information and calculators to determine if livestock would be a good investment for your farm.
Resources designed to help make farm decisions based on factors such as cost, return and markets.
This mini-module helps users evaluate a small-scale livestock enterprise entry decision. It covers cow-calf operations, dairy steers, sheep, goats and turkeys.
State Regulation Resources
The Illinois Department of Agriculture oversees the Livestock Management Facilities Program. All farms need to adhere to state regulations, including set-back distances and water-protection rules. These resources can help you navigate Illinois rules and regulations.
These regulations protect livestock farmers' rights to earn a living and citizens' rights to a safe, clean environment.
Training provides valuable resource materials and preparation to receive a Certified Livestock Manager Certificate, required by the Illinois Livestock Management Facilities Act.
Manure Management Resources
For crop farmers, livestock offers more value through manure, a renewable, natural fertilizer that increases profit margins by reducing commercial fertilizer costs. To realize the full benefits of manure, it must be managed according to regulations and best management practices.
Manure management resources include nutrient management planning and links to many other helpful sites.
The mobile apps that helps efficiently calculate manure use rates and additional fertilizer needs, funded by the ISA checkoff program and Illinois Pork Producers Association.
This calculator rapidly estimates the economic value of manure for species types, application methods, soil nutrient statuses and crop needs, based on fertilizer replacement values.