Survey for Small-Scale and Urban Livestock and Poultry Producers

The growing numbers of small-scale farms (SSFs)1 and peri-urban and urban animal agriculture farms (UA)2 has increased the need for Extension specialists and veterinarians focused on small-scale and backyard livestock production. We are seeking your help in this needs assessment regarding animal health concerns on SSFs and UA in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington state. This study is led by Dr. Alda Pires (University of California), Dr. Dale Moore (Washington State University), and Dr. Ragan Adams (Colorado State University).

The increasing popularity of local food production and sustainability has put small-scale farming and urban animal agriculture at the forefront. Your input is very important in better understanding this food sector and would be greatly appreciated.

This survey aims to identify the needs of livestock and poultry owners related to animal health, animal husbandry, and food safety, and the role that veterinarians play on small farms. This study will serve as a benchmark for designing effective educational programs to train farmers, backyard producers, and veterinarians working within this sector.

Your participation is essential for this needs assessment. The survey will take about 15-20 minutes of your time. Access and complete the survey today.

All respondents’ answers will remain completely confidential, and no personal information will be recorded. Participation is voluntary, and you can quit the survey at any time. This project is approved by the University of California, Davis; Washington State University; and the University of Colorado Institutional Review Boards.

Questions can be directed to Alda Pires at (530) 754-9855 or


1 Small-scale farms (SSFs) refers to the production, distribution, and marketing of animal food products and other products direct to consumers or through “intermediate” channels that maintain farm identity to the end consumer (e.g., farmers’ markets, farm stands, community supported agriculture programs, restaurant, and wholesale). The SSFs to be included in this study are defined as operations with gross annual sales less than $500,000 with a maximum of: 500 goats/sheep, 100 cows, or 100 pigs, or are poultry producers who process or sell less than 1,000 chickens a year.

2 Peri-urban and urban animal agriculture farms (UA) refers to livestock production (raising food animals) within urban and peri-urban residential areas, with the goal of producing animal products for self-consumption and/or distribution and marketing of products within those areas.


This article was written by Alda Pires.

Alda Pires, DVM, MPVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVPM, is the assistant specialist in Cooperative Extension for urban agriculture and food safety in the veterinary medicine extension for the department of population health and reproduction at the University of California, Davis.