New Short Course Explores Raising Livestock on a Small Farm

Sep 20, 2018

New Short Course Explores Raising Livestock on a Small Farm

Credit: Delaware Valley University. A new non-credit short course offered through Delaware Valley University will help people get started with raising their own livestock on small farms and homesteads.

According to a recent Philadelphia magazine article on cultural trends chicken coops are popping up on the Main Line. Many people, from those who own farms to those living in the suburbs, are becoming interested in raising their own livestock. 

In response to growing public interest in small farms and homesteads, Delaware Valley University is offering a new, non-credit short course designed for people who want to raise their own livestock. The new course, Raising Livestock on a Small Farm, is now enrolling participants. The program will include six sessions and will run from Oct. 9 through Nov. 13. Sessions will be on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

Taught by DelVal faculty, the course will provide practical lessons on key subjects to prepare participants to have a rewarding experience raising livestock on a small farm or homestead. 

Course Schedule:

Oct. 9 - 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. Participants will complete a soil test on their own land and analyze the results!

Oct. 16 - 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 will also be discussed.

Oct. 23 - 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.

Oct. 30 - Beef Cattle and Alternative Animals

Participants will learn about producing the best beef as well as small livestock production. 

Nov. 6 - Equine Management 
This session will instruct participants on the basic proper management, feeding, hoof care, and equipment necessary for caring for a horse or pony. 

Nov. 13 - Pigs and Agricultural Business Tips
Participants will learn about producing bacon. This session will also cover agricultural business tips and ways to help a small farm as a small business.

Register for the Course:
Registration is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis. The cost is $125 for individuals and $175 for a couple. Registration includes six classes, a comprehensive reference manual (couples receive one manual), a soil test kit, and light refreshments. To register, please visit For questions about the program or, for more information, please contact Robert Brown at