Raising Livestock on a Small Farm

Raising Livestock on a Small Farm

Do you own a small farm and want to raise some of your own livestock, poultry, beef or hogs? Do you want to own a horse, or raise a few sheep and goats, or produce your own eggs for breakfast? If you said yes to any of these questions, or want to learn more about small-scale personal livestock production, this short course designed just for you.

We’ll provide practical lessons on key subjects leading you to successful and rewarding experiences as you grow more of your own food or raise your own livestock. A special Saturday field trip provides a tour of the university’s livestock facilities.

Registration fee includes:

  • Six classroom lectures/discussion
  • Comprehensive reference manual (one per couple)
  • Soil test kit

Space is limited.

This course will cover

This course is designed as an introduction to basic agricultural livestock production techniques on a wide variety of topics from soil management and livestock production to equine management and business management. The emphasis is on practical methods of growing your own food.

Who should come

The “Raising Livestock on a Small Farm” program at DelVal is designed to teach small-scale livestock practices to small farm owners who want to produce more of their own food. The course may also be useful to those who are considering small-scale agricultural businesses, but the primary focus is on teaching you how to grow and use more of your own food.

What to expect

  • An overview of basic production topics
  • An introduction to breeds, breeding, feeding and nutrition, care of young, meats, and health management of livestock for new producers
  • Expert instruction from Delaware Valley University faculty
  • An outreach program from DelVal to our community

Course Schedule

September 24 - Soils on Your Farm and Soil Testing. Learn the basics of soil for optimal forage growth. Pasture management, manure management, and soil testing will be covered. We will complete a soil test of your own farm and help you analyze your farm's results!

October 1 - Small Scale/Backyard Poultry. Dreaming of raising a backyard flock? Learn to raise layers to produce your own eggs! Broiler and turkey meat bird production.

October 8 - Sheep and Goats. Have an interest in raising sheep or goats? These animals are ideal for small farms! Learn about facilities, breeding, nutrition and basic management requirements for these meat and fiber producing animals.

October 15 - Beef Cattle and Pigs.  Tonight you will learn to produce the bacon to go with your eggs. And, we’ll teach you about producing the best beef for your freezer. You’re in hog heaven tonight!

October 22 - Equine Management. Is your vision having a horse or pony out in your pasture? This session will instruct you on the basic proper management, feeding, hoof care, and equipment necessary for all of the horse lovers out there.

October 29 - Alternative Animals. Did you ever think about raising something unusual on your small farm? How about alpacas or llamas? Deer? Ostrich or emus? Game birds or rabbits or something more unique like fish, fur or worms? Whether for meat, milk, fiber, bait or as everyday conversation pieces, this lesson provides an overview of alternative agricultural animals that are often raised these days.

November 2 - Farm Tour. An educational walk through the university's livestock facilities.

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Participants must be age 18 or older

Class Meetings

  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 2, 2019, TBD

Delaware Valley University, Main Campus (2018-01-12-DVU-CAMPUS-MAP-WEB.pdf

$149 individuals, $199 couples

Bob Brown and John Urbanchuk

Bob Brown, a DelVal alum, received his M.S. in Animal Science from Virginia Tech. He comes to DelVal from Penn State University where he represented Penn State and the College of Agricultural Sciences in interpreting, applying and disseminating the latest research findings in youth development, volunteer management and science and technology. robert.brown@delval.edu

John Urbanchuk is an assistant professor and chair of the Department of Agribusiness. He holds a B.S. in economics from Penn State University and an M.A. in economics, Temple University. john.urbanchuk@delval.edu

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