Person: John Wesselius
Poultry enterprises have low start-up
costs, require little experience, and
have fast turnaround compared to
other livestock species.
• Margins on poultry enterprises, however,
are often low; broiler chickens
and eggs have been referred to as
“gateway” sales to get farmers’ market
customers to become interested in
• Practical Farmers members offered to
provide production and sales costs
of broiler enterprises, to see what the
finances really look like on long-standing
• The Griffieons benefit from economies
of scale, and while non-GMO feed is
the biggest expense (over 50% of total
costs), this feature allows them to ask
a premium sale price.
• The Wesseliuses have a very low-cost
feed ration, and while processing is
costly (36% of total costs), they save
on labor and other expenses.
• Feed and processing, the two biggest
costs on each enterprise, are difficult
to alter, but any reduction in costs will
May 5, 2015
May 28, 2013
Coming home from market with only $50 and a vehicle full of product can be discouraging. Participants will learn how to calculate the costs of attending farmer’s markets, how to set a farmer’s market income goal and strategies to reach that goal and achieve a profit that’s worthy of the effort.
February 7, 2012
December 22, 2011
June 27, 2008