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Here’s How Seven Sons Farm Manages Pigs On Pasture

By   /  November 20, 2017  /  Livestock, Pigs  /  2 Comments

When managing pigs on pasture, Seven Sons Farm focuses on meeting the triple bottom line of health of the land, business and community. See how they achieve these goals.

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How to Hand Raise Goat Kids

By   /  November 13, 2017  /  Goats, Livestock  /  No Comments

There are a number of reasons you might be raising goat kids by hand. Back in 2000, my reason was Johne’s disease. Two of my wethers died of Johne’s, raising concerns that other animals might be infected as well. Since this was a research herd at Utah State University, management of suspect animals was very […]

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A List of USDA Processing Plants for Your Chickens

By   /  November 6, 2017  /  Livestock, Poultry  /  3 Comments

I was told by a well established USDA inspected poultry processor that there were only a dozen or so small-scale USDA inspected poultry processors in the country that are willing to process for independent farmers. I thought, “That cannot be true!” So as the Program Manager of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network, a Cooperative […]

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Reducing Heifer Development Costs By Growing Smaller Cows and Using Lower-Quality Forages

By   /  October 30, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  4 Comments

More recent research is overturning old ideas about heifer development and providing ways to reduce costs while maintaining breed-back rates and longevity in the herd.

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Vital Farms Raises Bullsh*t Free Eggs

By   /  October 30, 2017  /  Livestock, Marketing, Money Matters, Poultry  /  1 Comment

When we first watched this video, it made us laugh, and it was headed for the On Pasture “Funnies” category. But then we visited the Vital Farms website to learn more and decided this is serious business. You know, it and we know it: cage free and free range eggs aren’t all they’re cracked up […]

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