How to Diversify

Planning to Diversify with Livestock or Poultry?

The Livestock Checklist Guide developed by the ISA checkoff program helps Illinois farmers plan for incorporating livestock or poultry into their crop farms. The video and fact sheets share considerations for starting or expanding a livestock operation. The guide highlights planning, best management practices and business management. It covers siting a barn, crisis management and hiring help. Plus, it provides additional resources for the entire process.

 

Livestock Checklist Guide

 

Financial and Business Plan

Illinois Livestock Management Facilities Program

Certified Livestock Manager Training

 

University of Illinois Extention: Manure Central

Manure management resources include nutrient management planning and links to many other helpful sites.

University of Illinois Extention: Manure Central

Manure Rate Calculator

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.

Manure Rate Calculator

What's Your Manure Worth?

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.

What's Your Manure Worth?