The New Livestock Farmer

The New Livestock Farmer

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Including information on cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep, and goats, and exotics like bison, rabbits, elk, and deer How can anyone from a backyard hobbyist to a large-scale rancher go about raising and selling ethically produced meats directly to consumers, restaurants, and butcher shops? With the rising consumer interest in grass-fed, pasture-raised, and antibiotic-free meats, how can farmers most effectively tap into those markets and become more profitable? The regulations and logistics can be daunting enough to turn away most would-be livestock farmers, and finding and keeping their customers challenges the rest. Farmer, consultant, and author Rebecca Thistlethwaite (Farms with a Future) and her husband and coauthor, Jim Dunlop, both have extensive experience raising a variety of pastured livestock in California and now on their homestead farm in Oregon. The New Livestock Farmer provides pasture-based production essentials for a wide range of animals, from common farm animals (cattle, poultry, pigs, sheep, and goats) to more exotic species (bison, rabbits, elk, and deer). Each species chapter discusses the unique requirements of that animal, then delves into the steps it takes to prepare and get them to market. Profiles of more than fifteen meat producers highlight some of the creative ways these innovative farmers are raising animals and direct-marketing superior-quality meats. In addition, the book contains information on a variety of vital topics: a€c Governmental regulations and how they differ from state to state; a€c Slaughtering and butchering logistics, including on-farm and mobile processing options and sample cutting sheets; a€c Packaging, labeling, and cold-storage considerations; a€c Principled marketing practices; and a€c Financial management, pricing, and other business essentials. This book is must reading for anyone who is serious about raising meat animals ethically, outside of the current consolidated, unsustainable CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) system. It offers a clear, thorough, well-organized guide to a subject that will become increasingly important as the market demand for pasture-raised meat grows stronger.Bending over the top of this structure to grab chickens can also be challenging and hard on the back. ... A similar house that is a bit lighter is an EMT conduit house (EMT conduit is metal tubing used to house electrical lines). ... Some farmers build these shelters with a couple of wheels or use a dolly for easier movement.

Title:The New Livestock Farmer
Author:Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Jim Dunlop
Publisher:Chelsea Green Publishing - 2015-06-09


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