Person: LaVon Griffieon

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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
bigger purchases.
• 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
improve margins.

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