Raising livestock is sometimes viewed as a great way to put unused rural property to use and at other times is viewed as a way to establish a more steady year-round funding string and at other times is viewed as a more holistic way to produce soil amendments on farm. Regardless of your reasons for considering livestock – you might find the Small Scale Livestock Enterprise Decision-Making Tool from Purdue (developed with support from the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program) will help you determine if and what type of livestock is appropriate for you!


Beef Cattle

Dairy Cattle

Sheep & Goats


Poultry & Fowl



Other Livestock

  • Bees
  • Bison
  • Earthworms
  • Rabbits
  • Exotic animals
  • etc.