Small farming enterprises have been gaining popularity as rural sprawl fosters interest in enhancing small land tract profitability. Various forage and livestock systems fit well with many small farm operations and help the small land owner maintain greenbelt exemption. Small farming systems offer a variety of profitable enterprises including cattle, equine, and small livestock (goats, sheep, swine, poultry, and exotic small livestock) enterprises, specialty hay, sod production, silvopasture, wildlife enhancement, and an integration of these practices. Forages, whether grazed, hayed, or ensiled, supply the major source of nutrition and are a critical component of many small farm enterprises. More...

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