Animal Health Resources

Minnesota Board of Animal Health. Includes up-to-date information on testing requirements for various species, requirements for transport and showing of animals, and information on current disease outbreaks.

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Minnesota: http://www.cvm.umn.edu/vdl/ This laboratory is available to farmers for testing to determine cause of death of livestock, as well as other types of testing. Contact your local vet for more information about how to use the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

Alternative Livestock Contact People

Wayne Martin – Swine, poultry, meat goats
University of Minnesota Integrated Livestock Production Systems
385 AnSc/VetMed Bldg
1988 Fitch Ave
St Paul MN 55108
Phone: 612-625-6224
Fax: 612-625-6224

Brenda Postels – Meat goats
Technical Advisor, Ag Production Systems University of Minnesota Extension
Wright County County Government Center
10 2nd St NW
Buffalo, MN 55313
email: post0060@umn.edu
Phone: 763-682-7394
Fax: 763-682-7913

ATTRA Resources for Livestock

ATTRA (Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas) offers in-depth informative publications about all common domesticated livestock; as well as aquaculture, beekeeping, vermiculture.

Searching Online for Livestock Information

Search engines such as Google can provide a vast array of information about all types of livestock, but knowing what search terms to enter and sorting through all the material can be a challenge.

Minnesota Farm Opportunities provides helpful suggestions for using search engines to find alternative agriculture information. This site also has links to lists of suggested key words for alternative crops, livestock, and other farm-based business opportunities such as agritourism and energy production.

Dairy Resources

Dairy Your Way: A Guide to Management Alternatives for the Upper Midwest.

University of Minnesota Extension Dairy Resources

Dairy Diagnostic Toolbox

Dairy Diagnostic Teams

Meat Goat Resources

Meat Goats Listserv

Minnesota Meat Goat Producers

Poultry Resources

Poultry Your Way: A Guide to Management Alternatives in the Upper Midwest

Swine Resources

Hogs Your Way: Choosing a Hog Production System in the Upper Midwest