University of Maryland Extension

Dairy & Livestock

Raising and Managing Livestock

Whether you have an established farm or are just entering agriculture, there are many important considerations regarding the decision to raise livestock. Topics such as pasture management, infrastructure, breed choices, feeding, health, biosecurity, and markets are just a few of the considerations that every farm must be concerned about. The pages and links presented here are intended to help guide some of the decision-making. Of course, the University of Maryland Extension agents are always available to provide one-on-one assistance.

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The Maryland Beef Industry is home to over 2400 beef cow-calf farms and 1800 "Other" operations (this number includes backgrounding, stocker-type and feedlots) with nearly 100,000 head of cattle (2012 US Ag Census). It is a nearly $1 billion business with approximately 4300 individuals employed in this sector of the agriculture economy (The Impact of Agriculture of the Maryland Economy).   


The Maryland Dairy Industry is home to over 450 dairy farms and nearly 50,000 dairy cows. It is a $1.1 billion business with nearly 4300 individuals employed in the dairy section. The Dairy Extension team is available to help the state's dairy industry through practical research, seminars, resources, and workshops








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