Raising Alternative Livestock Breeds

An emu

A variety of exotic, non-conventional, heritage and rare breed animals are in commercial production today. "Alternative livestock" species include emus, game birds, bison, deer, elk, draft animals, turkeys, earthworms and more.



Agricultural Alternatives

Pennsylvania State University. Cooperative Extension Service.

Production and budget information for small-scale livestock systems and for non-conventional species including goats, game birds, ostriches, elk, bison and deer.


Alternative Livestock Links

Government of Ontario, Canada. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Web links to information about alternative livestock species including bison, camelids, deer and elk, fur-bearing animals, gamebirds, rabbits, ratites and wild boar.


Diversification Options - Livestock and Poultry

Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Minnesota Farm Opportunities.

Provides tips for online searching and keywords for more than 30 livestock diversification options.


Missouri Alternatives Center: Link List

University of Missouri. Cooperative Extension Service.

Links to hundreds of full-text Extension publications that address all kinds agricultural alternatives including a wide range of livestock species and production systems.


The Livestock Conservancy

The Livestock Conservancy

Information about heritage and threatened livestock breeds of asses, cattle, goats, horses, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. Formerly named the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBA).


Animal Diseases: Alternative Livestock

USDA. APHIS. Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health.

Information about animal disease trends and issues, chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis as they relate to game animal production.