Welcome to Animals and Forages

The animal agriculture sector includes production and processing of poultry, eggs, beef and dairy products, sheep and goats, swine and other animals. Beef cattle and poultry are companion enterprise on many farms, with poultry providing cash flow and fertilizer for pastures.                    

Direct contribution of animal agriculture to Arkansas' economy:

      • Employment – 52,050 jobs
      • Wages - $1,512 Million
      • Labor Income - $1,844 Million
      • Value Added - $3,565 Million
Black Angus

Beef Cattle

Cattle are raised in every county, with a January 1, 2013, inventory of 1,600,000  head.

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Holstein Heifer

Dairy Cattle

Also called dairy cows or milk cows, are cows bred for the ability to produce large quantities of milk, from which dairy products are made.

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Horse

Horses

Whether your interest is trail riding, competitive riding, or just having fun, learn basic horse care. 

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Kristens' pigs

Other Livestock

The Extension Service assists the swine industry through educational program regarding 4-H swine projects. 

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Large dump truck filled with a brown pile of chicken manure.

Manure & Mortality Management

Proper manure and mortality management is essential for profitable production and environmental protection. Information and consideration are needed in system design and management.

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Two White Chickens

Poultry

Arkansas is 2nd in the nation for broiler (chicken) production raising over 1 billion chickens per year and is 3rd in the nation for turkey production. 

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Rabbit Castor Mini Rex

Rabbits

Many individuals raise rabbits for meat, hair, and hides as small alternative livestock production. Individuals also keep rabbits as pets. 

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Goat

Sheep & Goats

Sheep and goat production is popular with many beginning farmers and is a new enterprise for some experienced farmers. 

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Livestock and Forage Links