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Sheep and Goat

Sheep are ideally suited to a small-scale or part-time farming operation due to their nutritional versatility and adaptability. Sheep can be fed a very high concentrate diet (similar to swine), solely a forage diet, or any combination. Goats are highly adaptable animals that may be integrated into...

Equine

While Maryland may play host to one leg of the Triple Crown, not all horses in Maryland are bound for Pimlico. Use the following publications and resources to better understand how to raise healthy horses through nutritional and breeding management. Utilize the economic section to better manage the...

Livestock

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 Equine Poultry Sheep and Go ats Swine...

First Steps to Farming

The First Steps to Farming section of this website is to help you get started with your farming enterprise, help you think through steps you may have missed, or simply assure you that you are on your way to a smooth beginning! Explore any of the topics below (also located in the navigation to the...

Crops

Fruit Grain High Tunnel and Season Extension Pastures and Forages Vegetables Pastures and Forages Image: "Tall Fescue" John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org

Pastures and Forages

Forages, when well-managed, are an important sustainable feed source for any livestock farm. In general, forages are the plants eaten by farm animals and include pasture crops (harvested by grazing) and hay crops (harvested by equipment and stored for later use). Forages are especially important...

On-Farm Food Processing

On-Farm Processing and Starting a Specialty Food Business in Maryland Brought to you by the Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center, a University of Maryland Extension Program: Direct marketing and value-added processing of your raw farm products are two of the best management strategies for...

Grain Production

Introduction Grain production in Maryland is very important to the economy. On average Maryland farmers plant approximately 500,000 acres of corn, 470,000 acres of soybeans, and 260,000 acres of small grains. In the past two years some farmers have converted hay and pasture land to grain production...

Fruit

The research has been done for you. Below is a list of the best beginning fruit producer resources from around the state and beyond. Grapes University of Maryland Extension This webpage is designed for the commercial grape producer but is also appropriate for the beginner. Topics include starting a...

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