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Animal Health and Nutrition

This episode is the second of two featuring a conversation between Kara Kroeger, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT's ATTRA sustainable-agriculture program, and Fred Provenza. Fred is a well-known author and expert on animal health, human health, plant health, and how they are related – as well as their role in the care of ecosystems. Kara works out of NCAT's Southwest Regional Office in San Antonio, Texas. The conversation took place at the recent 2019 Regenerate Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, hosted by the Quivira Coalition, Holistic Management International, and the American Grassfed Association. There may be a bit of background...

  This playlist contains a series of videos from the Integrated Parasite Management: Train the Trainer Workshop conducted at Sharon Johnson's Longview Farm in Stevensville, Montana. In this Western Sustainability Agricultural Research and Education (WSARE) funded project, National Center for Appropriate Technology’s (NCAT) Dave Scott presents the principles of small ruminant integrated parasite management to control the Barber Pole Worm, a major sheep internal parasite. It contains the following videos: • Introduction • Refugia, Dewormers, McMasters Flotation • Fecal Egg Count • Dewormers, Grazing, and Paddocks • FAMACHA • Genetics ...

In this episode from NCAT's Southeast Regional Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Regional Director Margo Hale and Livestock Specialist Linda Coffey talk about Linda's recent trip to attend an international meeting about internal parasite management, and some of the lessons she learned there. They then discuss what's happening on their farms in the fall: breeding season, and considerations about selecting and caring for the males; assessing male temperament and safety; and assessing the condition of the females. They also briefly discuss fall pasture management and stockpiling for winter. E-mail Margo and Linda with feedback or questions or suggestions for future topics at margoh@ncat.org...

Dave Scott, a livestock specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology and co-owner of Montana Highland Lamb near Whitehall, Montana, discusses the operation's intensive grazing set-up....

Learn how to Cover, Push, Pull, Pop! That is the FAMACHA scoring technique that determines the degree of Barber Pole Worm (Haemonchus contortus) infection in sheep, goats and camelids. This how to video emphasizes FAMACHA scoring Out West with large flocks of small ruminants. Discover how it is easy and financially rewarding to ascertain the degree of infection in your flock- FAMACHA scoring saves you money in deworming only the lambs and ewes that are actually infected (often 80 percent of the infection is concentrated in 20 percent of the flock). It also allows you to set up a refugia...

Do you market lamb directly to consumers? Learn to use your hands to tell when a lamb is finished! Companion fact sheet available at https://attra.ncat.org/product/putting-a-hand-on-them-how-to-tell-when-your-lamb-is-finished/ Learning to master correct live-animal evaluation of fat lambs will help you provide a superior, differentiated product to your customers. It also can reduce the overall cost of producing a premium lamb by more accurately determining when the animal is finished, thereby better controlling feed costs. Whether you're a producer or you raise lambs for your own consumption, this video will answer the question, "When is my lamb ready to be butchered?"...

Janie Burns raises grass-fed lamb and pastured poultry on her 10 - acre Meadowlark Farm south of Nampa, Idaho. Over the past 24 years, she also has raised a wide variety of crops and sold to restaurants CSDs and retail stores. In 2003, she and a business partner began HomeGrown Poultry, LLC, a poultry-processing business in New Plymouth, Idaho. In addition to her faming and business ventures, Janie is on the board of the Treasure Valley Food Coalition and the advisory committee of the University of Idaho's Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. She has previously served on the board...

"Pastured Poultry Production and Profitability" covers the basics of pastured poultry production as well as common advantages and pitfalls of getting started in the business and keys to keeping operations profitable. It was offered by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Montana Mission Mountain Food and Cooperative Development Center, and Salish Kootenai College as part of the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) education and community outreach program. It also announced a Montana-based pastured poultry production and marketing workshop series set to begin in March. NCAT Sustainable Poultry Specialist Terrell "Spence" Spencer will be the webinar presenter. While this webinar will kick off the...

Grass-finished beef can command higher market prices and help a rancher's bottom line. During this webinar you'll learn how ranchers are using more pasture and less grain to produce high quality beef, and how ranchers who raise grass-finished beef find ways compete in the market place. Several challenges in grass-based meat production exist, especially for small-scale producers who have a hard time finding access to processing plants and penetrating local markets. Presenters for this webinar were NCAT agriculture specialists Jeff Schahczenski and Lee Rinehart. Jeff Schahczenski, an agriculture economist in NCAT's Montana office, has expertise in agricultural public policy and alternative...

In this episode, Margo Hale, Regional Director of NCAT's Southeast Regional office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, talks with Dr. Anne Fanatico about ecological poultry production and alternative feeds for poultry diets. Anne teaches and conducts research at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. They talk about poultry feed and alternatives to the standard corn and soybean diet, including insects, worms, and potatoes. They also discuss practical tips for ecological poultry production. For more information on this topic, you can contact Margo Hale directly at margoh@ncat.org. ATTRA Resources: Pastured Poultry Nutrition and Forages Pastured-Raised Poultry Nutrition Poultry Production: Providing Adequate Methionine Integrating Livestock and Crops Vermicomposting: The Basics Other...

In this episode, Margo Hale, director of NCAT Southeast Regional Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Linda Coffey, a livestock specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, discuss some timely spring topics that are impacting their own farms: pastures, parasites, and predators. Margo and Linda, whose farms are both in the Fayetteville area, talk about handling excess forage, electronet tips and warnings, weeds and poisonous plants, and grazing recordkeeping. They also touch on pasture management to minimize internal parasite problems and the use of livestock guardian animals to protect stock from predation.  They refer to a number of resources and invite listeners to...

In this episode, Linda Coffey, a livestock specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA, the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, at NCAT’s Southeast Regional Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, talks with Ken Coffey, a Ruminant Nutritionist at the University of Arkansas about strategies for winter ruminant feeding. Linda and Ken, who are married, have raised sheep since 1986. They talk about a number of subjects, including feeding strategies; managing hay waste; assessing hay quality; protecting hay from winter weather; and nutrition and nutrition supplementation. For more information on this topic, you can contact Linda Coffey directly at lindac@ncat.org Related ATTRA Resources: Small Ruminant Resource Manual Ruminant Nutrition for Graziers Sheep:...

In this short video, Dr. Ken Coffey of the University of Arkansas demonstrates how to sample hay using a core sampler. Linda Coffey, NCAT Specialist, filmed this at Maple Gorge Farm,near Prairie Grove, AR, where she and Ken raise sheep and goats. Note that this has been edited to shorten the length, so the actual sampling process is shown at the beginning. ...

In this episode, NCAT Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale and Linda Coffey, a livestock specialist with NCAT's ATTRA the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, discuss fall and winter production considerations for sheep and goat producers. Their conversation includes preparing your herd/flock for breeding, ewe and ram management, kidding/lambing management, and winter feeding considerations. You can get in touch directly with Margo and Linda directly at margoh@ncat.org and lindac@ncat.org. Related ATTRA Resources: Sheep and Goat Frequently Asked Questions Small Ruminant Toolbox Illustrated Guide to Sheep and Goat Production ATTRA Sheep and Goat Publications Intensive Grazing: One Farm's Set Up Managed Grazing Tutorial Small Ruminant Course Please call ATTRA with any and...

In this episode, Dave Scott and Lee Rinehart, both specialists with NCAT’s ATTRA – the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service – have a conversation about regenerative grazing. In particular, Dave, who works out of NCAT headquarters in Butte, Montana, and Lee, a specialist at NCAT’s Northeast Regional Office in Keene, New Hampshire, explore Dave's decision to move to regenerative grazing at his lamb operation near Whitehall, Montana. The in-depth conversation gets into the process of making the transition and its benefits and obstacles, as well as pest management, fence-line weaning, and other concerns. They also talk about ATTRA resources that are available...

Ty Burk of Westfold Farms in Buda, Texas, talks about reducing the risk of disease transmission by focusing farm-only footwear....

Biosecurity is crucial to the overall health of a poultry flock, but it's sometimes overlooked on pastured or organic farms. This video playlist introduces the concept as well as this video series, in which we talk with farmers on their approach to biosecurity. Go to Youtube Playlist....

In this episode, National Center for Appropriate Technology Poultry Specialist Kevin Ellis talks with Ty Burk of Westfold Farm in Buda, Texas. Ty talks about the value of heritage poultry breeds and why he's an advocate of fermented feed, among other topics. Related ATTRA Resources: Small Scale Poultry Processing Pastured Poultry Nutrition and Forages Poultry Genetics for Pastured Production Can a Heritage Poultry Market Thrive in Montana? Pastured Poultry Production and Profitability Integrating Pastured Poultry Production into Farming Operations and Marketing by Janie Burns Branding for Differentiating and Marketing Pastured Poultry Products Biosecurity for Pastured and Organic Poultry Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions...

Biosecurity is crucial to the overall health of a poultry flock, but it's sometimes overlooked on pastured or organic farms. This video introduces the concept as well as this video series, in which we talk with farmers on their approach to biosecurity....

Recent outbreaks of the avian flu have emphasized the need for biosecurity on farms to ensure the health of poultry flocks around the country. Join NCAT/ATTRA Poultry Specialist Kevin Ellis to learn about proactive steps you can take to increase biosecurity on your farm by planning ahead of your chicks' arrival and through day-to-day management. Topics to be covered in this webinar include biosecurity, setting goals, flock sourcing, equipment, housing designs, and poultry health....

In this episode, National Center for Appropriate Technology Poultry Specialist Kevin Ellis discusses the importance of biosecurity measures for pastured and organic poultry flocks.

This episode is the first in a series of podcasts with Troy Bishopp, who custom grazes 100-percent grassfed dairy heifers and beef in southern New York. In this series, ATTRA specialist Lee Rinehart talks with Troy about decision-making throughout the grazing season. Situational grazing is all about thinking beyond the inputs, and observing, forecasting, and adapting to the changing conditions inherent in the grazing world. In this first podcast, Troy discusses preparing for the winter and provides some insight into his planning process for the upcoming year. Bishopp offers planning charts for graziers here....

In this episode, National Center for Appropriate Technology Sustainable Agriculture Specialists Dave Scott and Lee Rinehart discuss ATTRA's new Grazing Plan Calculator and run through an example of using it. The calculator, along with ATTRA's other grazing materials, are available at in our Livestock and Pasture section. Download the free calculator here....

Travis Krause of Parker Creek Ranch in D'Harris, Texas, talks about his approach to biosecurity in the brooder and steps the farm has taken to ensure a healthy start for their flocks....