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


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 the 2021-2022 season will begin on Tues. Nov 2, 2021 from 6-7:30pm Eastern time, and continue for 6 weeks, with the final webinar on Tues. Dec 7. While we encourage live attendance so you have the opportunity to engage with the presenters and ask questions, all webinars we will be posted in our online classroom for students to watch anytime. Once you have enrolled in this course, you will retain access to all materials indefinitely, and can return to participate in the live webinars as many times as you wish.

Your Instructor

Michelle Proscia and Rachel Moody
Michelle Proscia and 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 completed a Bachelor of Technology in dairy science at SUNY Cobleskill, then went on to receive a Masters in Agricultural Education and Extension from Virginia Tech. She spent a total of ten years teaching agriculture in both Virginia and Massachusetts before moving back to NY. She works with Orange County Cooperative Extension delivering educational workshops and offering training and technical assistance to beginner and seasoned livestock producers.

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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