Resources

Articles and Books: 

Livestock Handling and Transport (4th Edition). Edited by Dr. Temple Grandin.

Beef Cattle Behaviour, Handling and Facility Design Set: Grandin, Deesing. Humane Livestock Handling book, portfolio of color photographs, and four full size drawings

Temple Grandin’s Guide to Working with Farm Animals: Safe, Humane Livestock Handling Practices for the Small Farm Paperback.

Mobile Slaughter and/or Processing: Poultry and red meat slaughter and processing regulations and pilots. Cornell University, N.Y.

Mobile Slaughter of Cattle and Pigs: Benfalk, Lindgren, Edstrom, Geng, Nordberg (248KB pdf). Mobile Slaughter Unit Sweden

Feasibility Analysis of a Mobile Slaughter Unit: K. Painter (69KB pdf).  Mobile_Slaughter_Unit_Cost_Calculator_18May09

Kosher and Halal Food Laws: J.M. Regenstein, M.M. Chaudry, and C.E. Regenstein (176KB pdf).   RegensteinKosherCompRev

USDA Guarantees Kosher and Halal Meat Can Be Organic, Too: (111KB pdf). NOP Animal Welfare regs kosher-halal news story Jan 2017

National Resources: 

Cornell Sheep Program A source of information on sheep, wool, sheep milk, and their management, production and marketing. Cornell University Sheep and Goat program. Sheep Webpage and  Goat Webpage

Cyber Tower, Cornell University Animal welfare talks. search by the presenters names below.

  • Talks by Dr. Regenstein: One on Kosher/Halal and one on Animal Welfare
  • Talks by Dr. Grandin: On Animal Welfare and on Autism

The National Agricultural Library is one of four national libraries of the United States and houses one of the world’s largest collectionsdevoted to agriculture and its related sciences.

ATTRA-National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service  ATTRA provides information and other technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States. More than 300 easy-to-read titles covering organic production, livestock, horticultural crops, business and marketing, farm energy, water and pest management and more. 43 fact sheets available in Spanish

SARE-Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education  SARE has an extensive database on projects and research that advances farming systems. The program, part of USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, funds projects through grants for projects that show profit potential, are environmentally sound and good for communities through nationwide research and education grants program.

Langston University  Research focuses on dairy goat production and includes some information about cashmere fiber goats and meat goats. Some of Langston resources include:

Maryland Small Ruminant Website is an information portal for sheep and goat producers. It has information for beginning, advanced and professionals. Maryland Small Ruminant Webinar Series Small Ruminant Webinar Series Archives contains webinars under a variety of topics including: Pasture management for small ruminants, Sheep and goat health, Ethnic marketing of lamb and mutton, Breeding better sheep and goats, Hoof health, Nutrition and feeding short course, Ewe and doe management and other special topics.

Purdue University Small Ruminant Webinar Channel has over 20 videos.

International Resources:

Goat Production Handbook The Ethiopia Sheep and Goat Productivity Improvement Program (ESGPIP) is a USAID- funded five-year project designed to reduce constraints to increased productivity of small ruminants in Ethiopia through appropriate interventions. And although resources were developed specifically for Ethiopia goat producers much of the information is transferable to small producers in other locals.

Funding Ideas:

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
SARE is a program provides grants to farmers and ranchers, researchers, agricultural educators, and students in the U.S. These grants help farmers answer questions for themselves, on their own farms, by providing some support for the work involved. Farmers can use the funds to buy a small piece of needed equipment, or some seed, or some other materials needed to be able to compare two or three management systems.

Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG)
Grants may be used for planning activities, for working capital to market value-added agricultural products, and for farm-based renewable energy. Eligible applicants are independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures. Although smaller projects may be funded, multi-year and larger projects can also fit this program, however a large match of funds is required.