Enterprises like pastured poultry can add to farm income with careful financial planning. CIAS has developed a spreadsheet to help farmers make financial and management decisions about new or existing poultry enterprises. While the budget was developed for a CIAS pastured poultry project, it is applicable to most kinds and sizes of poultry enterprises.
This budget was developed using Microsoft Excel 2000. If you do not have Excel, we recommend that you contact your county Extension agent for help. Alternatively, you could try to access this file from a computer at your nearest high school, community college, or public library.
“Suggestions for Use” are also linked here as a PDF file. It is strongly suggested that you read these suggestions very carefully before filling out the spreadsheet. These suggestions, and the budget, were created for farmers with a basic farm management background.
The budget form might seem long and complex, at first glance. However, it is not! The reason for all the potential entries is that the budget has been designed to serve many different types and kinds of people as well as poultry enterprises. Most people will only use a fraction of the budget. Select the entries that best fit your situation.
You will need to save a copy of the enterprise budget on your own computer in order to add your own figures.
Poultry Enterprise Budget (Microsoft Excel 2000 file)
Suggestions for Use (PDF file)