BF 130: Poultry Production

Profiting from Layers, Broilers, Turkeys, and Ducks

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Profiting from Layers, Broilers, Turkeys, and Ducks

Many new farmers get started with poultry, because it’s a relatively low-investment enterprise with a fairly quick turnaround time from start-up to revenue. The margins can be slim though, and farmers need to develop the necessary skill set to produce a product that is both safe and profitable. This course will help you get started with all the basic information to build a successful poultry enterprise.

Target Audience

Beginner – The course is for aspiring and beginning farmers (individuals with limited or no experience with poultry rearing) seeking to learn about poultry production and the marketing, processing, and sales of poultry and poultry products in New York State. (NOTE: You do not have to be farming in NYS to benefit from the production-oriented information in this course. Only the regulatory information covered is NY-specific).

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course, you will:

  • Know the basics of poultry production from field to plate
  • Have knowledge of breed selection, production systems, flock management practices, and cost of production
  • Identify rules and regulation for sale of poultry products to various market outlets
  • Understand business and marketing plans as they relate to poultry production


The bulk of the course happens on your own time, with discussions, readings, and assignments in Teachable, our virtual classroom. To add to the experience, webinars will be woven into the online interface of the course to allow you to meet on a weekly basis to learn from outside presenters and address your farm questions in real time. If you miss one, they are always recorded and posted for later viewing.

Webinar Schedule

Live instruction for 2023 has concluded. You are welcome to enroll now to complete this course on a self-paced schedule and join our next live session in Fall 2024. All webinars are recorded and posted in your online classroom to watch anytime. Once enrolled in this course, you will retain access to all materials indefinitely and may return to participate in future live offerings of the course as well. Please join us!

Your Instructor

Michelle Proscia + Rachel Moody
Michelle Proscia + Rachel Moody

Michelle Proscia has been the agriculture educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Sullivan County, NY since 2013, where she offers technical assistance and educational programming to farmers and community members in the area of Agriculture. She received her bachelor’s degree in Large Animal Science from Delaware Valley College. Michelle has also managed a small farm that raised poultry, sheep and pigs.

Rachel Moody grew up on a family dairy farm and participated in 4-H showing cattle, goats and chickens. She has been in ag education for almost two decades and is currently a livestock educator with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Capital Area Ag and Hort Program in the Albany area. Rachel and her husband purchased her family’s farm where they have a farm store and raise poultry, sheep, cattle and have a team of drafts.

Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course officially starts and ends on the dates given above, when the instructors get involved and begin hosting live weekly webinars. If you are registering after the webinars have concluded for the year, you will have immediate access to all the course materials, and will be able to participate in the next year's webinars if you choose to.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.

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