University of Maryland Extension


Beginning Farmer Success: Livestock Manual

Sections include:

  • General Information
  • Business of Livestock
  • Species
  • Beef Cattle
  • Dairy Cattle
  • Equine 
  • Poultry
  • Sheep and Goats
  • Swine 
  • Alternative Agricultural Animals
  • Other Resources

Beef Production

 Dairy Production



Sheep and Goats 

Swine Production

Considering more animals for your farm?
Take a look at the Adding Animals to your Farm (pdf) presentation and then explore our resources for each species.

Learn about the Livestock and Poultry Industries
These presentations cover the structure of livestock markets, provides livestock term definitions, and looks at cattle, sheep, horses, swine and poultry production:
Livestock and Poultry Industries 1
Livestock and Poultry Industries 2


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