University of Maryland Extension

Urban livestock

Author: 
Neith Little, Extension Agent, Urban Agriculture


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 Urban agriculture can successfully integrate small livestock, such as rabbits or miniature goats. Photo by Edwin Remsberg, © University of Maryland—AGNR Image Library
Figure 12: Urban agriculture can successfully integrate small livestock, such as rabbits or miniature goats. Photo by Edwin Remsberg, © University of Maryland—AGNR Image Library

The types of livestock raised in urban areas are constrained by both space and local regulations. Some municipalities allow the keeping of some kinds of poultry (chickens, turkeys, quail, etc.), miniature goats, bees, or rabbits. More unusual, innovative “livestock” like fish, shellfish, earthworms (red wigglers, specifically), mealworms, snails, black soldier flies, and crickets are also raised by some urban farms. Be sure to check with your local zoning office and also find out what permits are required to keep animals in your area. For example, in Baltimore City, miniature goats are allowed with a permit, but other breeds of goats and sheep are not allowed. Please also note that local municipalities may regulate slaughter within city limits.

Learn more about raising the kinds of livestock suited to urban agriculture:
https://go.umd.edu/morelivestock

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