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Permalink Where can I find information on guinea fowl production?


Answer: Listed below are several booklets and magazine articles on guinea fowl production, as well as a USDA brochure entitled Raising Guinea Fowl. The book Guinea Fowl is available from Stromberg's Chicks & Gamebirds Unlimited,


Anon. 2001. Guinea fowl, and Rearing keets. Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. 5 p.

Anon. 2001. Using guineas for tick control. Countryside and Small Stock Journal. May–June. p. 72.

Belanger, J. D. 2000. Guinea fowl can enhance your garden. Countryside and Small Stock Journal. May–June. p. 84–86.

Damerow, Gail. 1992. Gardening with guinea fowl. Mother Earth News. August-September. p. 46–51.

Etches, R. J. 1990. Guinea fowl production—current practices & market potential. I.D.E.A.S. Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. p. 76–79.

Fox, C. P. 1994. African guinea fowl. Small Farmer's Journal. Summer. p. 55-59.

Hanson, Cynthia B. 1999. Here come the guinea fowl, there go the bugs. The Christian Science Monitor. Oct. 6. 3 p.

Heywood, Glenda. 2002. Guineas from Oklahoma. Rare Breeds Journal. August/September. p. 30-31.

Holder, Gene. 1999. Guard guineas do their duty. Dairy Goat Journal. April. p. 27.

MacNeice, Dan. 2002. Reintroducing guinea fowl. Countryside & Small Stock Journal. May/June. p. 67-68.

Murray McMurray Hatchery. 2001. Catalog page and ordering information. 2 p.

Northeast Region Agricultural Research Service. 1976. Raising Guinea Fowl. Leaflet No. 519. USDA. April. 8 p.

Sales, J., and S. A. van Niekerk. 1996. Meat production from guinea fowl. Countryside & Small Stock Journal. January-February. p. 52-54.

Smith, Nancy. 2003. Go ahead, get guineas. Mother Earth News. October/November. p. 70-72.

Stromberg's Chicks & Gamebirds Unlimited. 2001. Catalog page and ordering information. 2 p.

Tarr, Deirdre D. 2004. Guinea fowl. Hobby Farms. July/August. p. 18.



Permalink Where can I find information about organic hog wormers?


Answer: The Practical Farmers of Iowa have had several farmers try alternative parasite management and report their results. Some of their findings are at the links in Resources, below.

The National Organic Program standards do not allow parasiticides to be used in livestock being marketed as organic, but do allow parasiticides to be used in the first 2/3 of gestation for breeder stock not going to be marketed as organic (see section 205.238 (b). At the current time, the only parasiticide that is allowed is Ivermectin (see section 205.603 (12).

Allen Moody of Organic Valley Pork Division works with the organic hog producers that market their hogs at Organic Valley. Allen says that many of the producers use diatomaceous earth for both internal and external parasites. He adds that some organic hog producers are using culling to help improve their sow herds by keeping only the sows that have the most resistance to internal parasites.


Anon. 2002. Alternative management of internal parasites. The Practical Farmer. Spring. p. 22-23.

Anon. 2002. Herd health. 2002 on-farm research review. Practical Farmers of Iowa.
p. 1, 3-6.

Anon. 2000. 205.238 Livestock health care practice standard, and 205.603 Synthetic substances allowed for use in organic livestock production. Federal Register. December 21. p. 80645, 80657.

Exner, Rick. 2000. Gastrointestinal parasite: Natural and /or old-time treatments. 6 p.



Permalink Where can I find information on how to evaluate production contracts with poultry processing companies?


Answer: The Farmers' Legal Action Group, Inc. has the free publication Assessing the Impact of Integrator Practices on Contract Poultry Growers available at their Web site or by request (see Resources, below). Also see their publication Livestock Production Contracts: Risks for Family Farmers.

There are several publications from Missouri, Illinois, and Georgia on what to look for and consider before signing a production contract. It is very important for all parties to READ AND UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BEFORE THEY SIGN.


Anon. No date. Livestock production contracts. Illinois Specialty Farm Products. University of Illinois. 10 p.

Cunningham, Dan L. 2002. Guide for prospective contract broiler producers. University of Georgia Extension. 7 p.

Farmers' Legal Action Group, Inc. 2003. A current broiler contract analysis addressing legal issues and grower concerns. In: Assessing the impact of integrator practices on contract poultry growers. FLAG. 42 p.

Matthews, Stephen F. 2001. Ag production contracts: Freedom to contract, public & private goods. Missouri Agricultural Law Center. 6 p. October 15.

Morison, Carole. 2001. Contract poultry farming. American Agriculture Movement, Inc. 2 p.



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