Small Flock: Southern Region Resources on Pastured Poultry

Small-Scale Processing/Marketing

There is a growing interest among small producers to raise free-range and organic poultry to satisfy market demand, boost on-farm profits and increase ag sustainability. There is a need, however, to provide access to livestock processing facilities, specifically those designed to handle small flocks of birds. Infrastructure and business planning tools, in particular, are lacking. These resources are intended to provide farmers with information on processing and marketing poultry on a small scale.

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Growing Your Range Poultry Business


A business toolbox developed by NCAT and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture as part of a Heifer International Project to help poultry producers expand their business.

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Small-Scale Poultry Processing


A publication developed by NCAT that covers all aspects of small-scale poultry processing, packaging, distribution and marketing.

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Case Study: Kentucky Mobile Poultry Processing Unit


A case study and accompanying video of Kentucky's Mobile Poultry Processing Unit.

Legal Issues for Small-Scale Poultry Processors


This document summarizes the licensing and poultry processing inspection requirements for small-scale processors.

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Profitable Poultry: Raising Birds on Pasture

Birds on pasture

This SARE bulletin features farmer experiences plus the latest research in a guide to raising chickens and turkeys using pens, movable fencing and pastures. The document also includes information on breeding, nutrition, processing and marketing.

Are you an ag educator or farmer interested in sharing the Small Flock Topic Room at an event? Consider using this one-page flyer (PDF).


Resources from Other SARE Regions

Northeast SARE Profile

Building an On-Farm Poultry Processing Facility

A comprehensive guide to planning and constructing a mobile poultry processing unit or stationary facility for on-farm poultry processing.

MPU food safety guide

Mobile Poultry Processing Unit Farm and Food Safety Management Guide

Food safety information for mobile poultry processing units or stationary on-farm facilities.

North Central SARE Profile

Value added poultry

Developing Added Value, Convenience Products from Free-Range Pastured Chickens

A profile of how one farm family found ways to improve the value of their chickens.

For more pastured poultry resources from across the country, visit the national SARE Learning Center.