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
Learn more about what to consider in your livestock business plan.
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.
Illinois Livestock Management Facilities Program
These regulations protect livestock farmers' rights to earn a living and citizens' rights to a safe, clean environment.
Certified Livestock Manager Training
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.
University of Illinois Extention: Manure Central
Manure management resources include nutrient management planning and links to many other helpful sites.