Pastured Poultry Resources
Savvy production and marketing system can earn $25,000 from 20 acres.
The popularity of the pasture-based poultry production system pioneered by Virginia grazier Joel Salatin continues to soar on farms across the country. And for good reason. Coupled with innovative direct marketing, it can squeeze a lot of income out of a little land, making it a perfect complement to other farm enterprises. Here are some resources to help get you started:
21st Century Lives: Joel Salatin -- If you missed the pioneering grazier, pastured poultry producer, and relationship marketer on ABC News, you can read the text or view the video.
Poultry Discussion Group -- Share tips with other pasture poultry
producers. This page has the latest digest and index to previous digests. To
recieve digests or individual messages via email, sign up starting from the eGroups.com
Sustainable Chicken Production -- Free info packet from ATTRA (Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas), includes introduction to free-range pastured poultry, semi-intensive, and yard and coop systems. Breeds, feed options, flock health on-farm processing, alternative marketing, using flocks to weed and till, and more. Call ATTRA from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CST) Monday through Friday at 800-346-9140.
Free-Range Poultry Production, Processing and Marketing. Developed with the assistance of a USDA/SARE Producer grant, this guidebook describes a low-labor method using long portable skid houses holding up to 400 chickens each. Description and ordering information. A short course will be offered by the author in southeast Ohio on November 7, 8 and 9th, 1997.
American Pastured Poultry Producers Association. APPPA publishes a quarterly newsletter sharing information on production practices, processing equipment, marketing, legal issues, and more. The association's producer database networks producers and customers. Membership is $20. Contact:
PO Box 1024
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Pastured poultry in Ontario -- Salatin-style set-up using Ultimate Trough Waterers.
Pastured Poultry -- A brief overview at an excellent site authored by New York dairy farmers and pastured-poultry producers George and Jessica Vanderwoude.
Greenhouse Style Pasture Poultry Pen -- An interesting variation on the Salatin pen by Maine grazier Chris Bailey, featuring a picture and construction details. Part of dairyman F.W. Owen's highly recommended Owenlea Holsteins site.
Pasture-Raised Poultry -- Short story in our Gear-Up For Grazing menu featuring New York producers.
USDA-SARE/Heifer Project Pasture Poultry Project -- Eleven limited-resource farm families test pastured poultry system. News release.
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