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In this episode, we introduce Texas Sized Sustainable Pasture Operations, a new occasional series on ATTRA: Voices from the Field. Colin Mitchell, a sustainable agriculture specialist with NCAT's ATTRA sustainable-agriculture program, hosts Cameron Molberg, owner and operator of a larger-scale organic and pastured chicken operation, Greener Pastures Chicken, located in Elgin, Texas. Colin works out of NCAT's Southwest Regional Office in San Antonio, Texas. Cameron and Colin discuss Cameron's experiences and what he's learned that has allowed him to create a sustainable and efficient system that produces healthy chickens and a quality meat product at a large scale. Cameron gives the listener an...

Being mindful of who you allow to to come in contact with your birds is a crucial aspect of biosecurity. However, limiting contact is an easy tactic to implement on-farm. In this video, we talk with Ty Burk of Westfold Farm in Texas about how he reduces contact between his breeding flock and visitors and the steps the operation takes to prevent disease transmission....

Ann Baier is an organic program specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology. She is a U.C. Davis graduate with a Master of Science degree in International Agriculture Development and Agronomy. She has experience providing training and education to minority and limited resource farmers. She also is an inspector for the California Certified Organic Farmers and was the Executive Director of Roots and Wings, a nonprofit organization that provides farm- and garden-based education and training programs to young people. Ann was keynote speaker June 5, 2013 at a pastured poultry workshop in Hamilton, Montana. The workshop was presented by the National...

Jim Adkins, founder of the International Center for Poultry (ICP), located in Old Fort, North Carolina, addresses that question and others during a March 2013 workshop in Great Falls, Montana. The workshop was presented by the National Center for Appropriate Technology, Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center, and Salish-Kootenai College. It was funded by the USDA Risk Management Agency. For the past thirty years, Jim has raised over fifty breeds and varieties of standard bred poultry (that includes chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys). In 1994, he received his poultry judging license from the American Poultry Association which has taken him to thirty...

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...

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, Ann Baier, a program specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, talks with California pastured poultry producers Caleb Barron of Fogline Farm on the central coast of Santa Cruz and Gary Roberts of Zenter’s Fogbound Farm in Petaluma during a break at the recent Small Farm Conference at the University of California Davis. Ann, who works out of NCAT’s California office in Davis, talks with Caleb and Gary about the essential role that the availability of processing – and the processing rules that go along with operations of varying sizes – plays in pastured processing. For more information on...

In this episode, Margo Hale, NCAT's Southeast Regional Director, has a conversation with farmer Terrell “Spence” Spencer about his poultry-processing facility. Margo is a livestock specialist with NCAT's ATTRA sustainable-agriculture program at NCAT’s Southeast office in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Spence is a pastured-poultry producer in northwest Arkansas, raising nearly 12,000 broilers on pasture each year. He shares the challenges he has faced in regard to finding a reliable processor for his chickens and how that led to him opening a poultry-processing facility. For more information on this topic, you can contact Margo Hale directly at margoh@ncat.org Related ATTRA Resources: Small Poultry Processing Plants and Services Small-Scale...

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....

Reducing who and what comes in contact with a pastured flock can go a long way toward keeping them healthy. In this video, we talk with Michael Marchand of Whitehurst Heritage Farms about the measures he's taken to reduce this risk....

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, we talk with Mike Andreas of Andreas Homestead near Raleigh, North Carolina. Mike, who has had a successful career in the entertainment industry, and his wife, Lynn, moved to North Carolina. After beginning to raise their own poultry, with help from neighbors, they have begun a small poultry meat business, sustainable raising around 300 to 500 birds each year, as well as 10 to 20 goats, on 10 acres. Mike talks about how after just a few years, others in the area have begun asking them for advice, the challenges of processing in North Carolina, and regenerating...

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....