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Owen County encompasses 385 square miles of land in West Central Indiana.  The county is home to roughly 570 farms.  In 2007, 17,604 acres of the county was designated pasture.  Owen County is ranked 13th in the state in terms of acres of pasture.

As of 2007, there were 4,143 hogs, 564 sheep, and 953 chickens in Owen Co.  That allows the county to be ranked 69th, 37th, and 31st in hogs, sheep, and chicken production, respectively.  In 2011, there were 5,400 cattle in Owen County allowing the county to be ranked 57th in cattle production in the state. 

Have a question about livestock?  Ask the Owen County Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, Jenna Smith at smith535@purdue.edu

To obtain information about a particular livestock topic, please click on the title of the topic to find more information.  Images of various farm animals                        

•  Beef Cattle  

•  Dairy Cattle

•  Forage Production    

•  Goats      

•  Horses

•  Poultry      

•  Sheep       

•  Swine     

•  Nontraditional*


*Nontraditional Animal Agricutlure contains information about Alpacas, Aquaculture, Llamas, and Organic Livestock Production.

Purdue Extension suggests the following links for information regarding Animal Agriculture:

Animal Sciences Extension Website - The Extension homepage for the Department of Animals Sciences.  Provides additional links to information of general interest across species including the Animal Sciences Extension calendar, contact information for campus specialists, youth activities, and the Purdue Animal Sciences Research and Education Center.

Purdue CAFO Website – Purdue website to address environmental, public health, social, and economic issues surrounding Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO's) and their impacts.

Purdue Food Animal Education Network Website – Purdue website to inform the general public about issues pertaining to modern animal agriculture.

Purdue Organic and Alternative Livestock Production Systems WebsitePurdue website to address issues related to organic and alternative livestock production systems.

Feeding Biofuel co-products to Livestock – Purdue website featuring Extension publications related to feeding of distiller’s grains to livestock.

Purdue Animal Manure Solutions – Purdue website featuring Extension publications, regulations, and national curriculum about the management of animal manure on livestock and poultry farms.

Computer Programs from Purdue Animal Sciences – Purdue website providing access to nutrition and manure management computer programs.  Programs include the Manure Management Planner, a Windows-based computer program to create manure management plans for crop and animal feeding operations.

Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine – Purdue gateway to information, faculty, and resources in the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Indiana Board of Animal Health – Indiana state agency providing leadership on animal health, animal product food safety and inspection, care of animals in disasters, animal care, and emerging animal and zoonotic diseases.

Species Information - Links and other resources for livestock, horse, poultry, swine, small ruminants and aquaculture production.

Farm Safety Information

The Agrability Project was created to assist people with disabilities employed in agriculture. This site provides a wealth of information to assist farmers and ranchers with disabilities.