The goal of the Agricultural Alternatives series is to help you evaluate all aspects of a given enterprise before you commit your time and money. Whether you are a full-time farmer looking to diversify or a part-time farmer looking to generate additional income from your property, there are many important issues to consider when selecting a new enterprise.
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Partridge producers typically raise one of two distinct species, the chukar or the Hungarian partridge.
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Professional game breeders in Pennsylvania produce one-half million commercial pheasants annually, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission also produces birds.
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A profitable Pennsylvania sheep milk industry needs three components: customers, processors, and distributors.
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La producción de huevos en pequeña escala es una de las empresas agrícolas de animales más antiguas registrada en la historia.
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Dairy goat production is an alternative livestock enterprise suitable for many small-scale or part-time livestock operations.
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La carne del ganado caprino se consume ampliamente en todo el mundo, especialmente en los países en desarrollo.
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Many people enjoy activities involving horses; however, they don't have the facilities to house their animals.
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With many varieties and high consumer consumption, potatoes fit well with many small growers and can be marketed through various outlets.
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The high value of strawberries creates potential for sizable profit from a small planting; however, the potential for serious problems also exists.
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Apples may be grown in many parts of the country and lend themselves well to part-time farming operations.
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While the trend in the swine industry continues towards larger farms, opportunities remain to make money by raising hogs in a part-time enterprise.
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Compared to most other livestock enterprises, spring lamb production has lower investment costs and labor requirements, and quicker returns on investment.
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Initial investment is relatively low, and field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and mechanical harvesting - can be custom-hired.
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Raising turkeys can be a satisfying educational activity as well as a source of economical, high-quality meat for your family and friends.
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Hay muchas razones para considerar el cultivo de vegetales orgánicos. La producción orgánica es un sistema que se presta bien para las operaciones agrícolas de pequeña escala y de tiempo parcial.