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Pastured Poultry Talk

Hosted by Mike Badger, Pastured Poultry Talk aims to inspire pastured poultry producers to build better businesses, solve problems, and integrate new ideas.
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Feb 8, 2016
new livestock farmerRebbeca Thistlethwaite and her co-author and husband Jim Dunlop wrote the book The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising and Selling Ethical Meats and the author of Farms of the Future. Between them, they have a diverse livestock, orchard, and vegetable farming history. Their pastured poultry production includes layers (flocks as large as 5,000), broilers (up to 10,000 a year), a few hundred turkeys. We cover:
  • The challenges of marketing underground broilers.
  • The marketing reality of Broad Breasted and heritage turkeys.
  • How writing the book helped Rebecca and Jim decide the future of their commercial farming ventures.
  • What is an ethical meat?
  • The three questions you can ask yourself to be more like a hedgehog.
  • Principled marketing and the 80/20 rule to the lifetime value of a customer.
  • Should your customer pay increasingly higher prices for your inefficiencies?
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Feb 1, 2016
uc-davis-egg-mobileMembers of the UC Davis pastured poultry research farm join the podcast to tell us about their project. Mike is joined by Dr. Richard Blatchford and Carine Elkhoraibi. The project describes itself as "a new education, research and innovation hub for pastured poultry producers (layers and broilers), master gardeners, backyard flock keepers, academia, students, food buyers, food safety and animal welfare auditors." In this episode, the UC Davis teams introduces the project and its goals. At the time of the recording, the farm's first batch of 150 layers were approaching laying age. We talked about brooding, egg mobile design, predators, research, Avian Influenza, Proposition 2 and more. Resources
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