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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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Now displaying: April, 2016
Apr 29, 2016
Fertrell Logo I'm joined by Jeff Mattocks and several APPPA Producer Plus members for a Q&A session on mixing feed on-farm as an alternative to purchasing feed from a mill. It's a common desire to mix feed on-farm, but it's a process that prompts many questions. APPPA-Logo-600-pxJeff is a poultry nutritionist with The Fertrell Company  and author of the must have book Pastured Poultry Feeding and Management. He has a deep understanding of poultry nutritional requirements, the characteristics of feedstuffs, and pastured poultry. Jeff is a unique poultry nutritionist in that he not only understands the nutrition, he understands the nuances of pastured production. This is the area where theory meets reality, and Jeff is a valuable community resource when it comes to navigating the collision of the classroom and the grass. In this episode, we cover a lot of ground:
  • Typical bushel weights.
  • Appropriate feed particle size.
  • Correct mixing times.
  • Is fresh feed better?
  • How does pasture mix affect nutrition?
  • Buying and storing grains. How do you find a reliable supply?
  • Buying transitional and organic buffer strips.
  • Beware of the weed seed.
  • Common PTO requirements to running a grinder/mixer.
  • Are all fishmeals created equal?
  • A brief discussion about the interplay of amino acids.
Enjoy. Talk about this episode at our new Facebook Group. Need scalders, pluckers, and other poultry processing equipment? Check out PPT sponsor, Badger's Millside Farm.
Apr 25, 2016
[caption id="attachment_295" align="alignright" width="300"]Inside of hoop house at Whitehurst Farms. Inside of hoop house at Whitehurst Farms.[/caption] Talk about this episode on Facebook. Mike Marchand of Whitehurst Farms joins the show to talk about his rapidly growing career as a pastured poultry farmer in the Houston, Texas area. He sold his successful non-farming business and starting raising poultry in 2014. Today, he manages a laying flock of 1700 pastured hens in addition to broilers, turkeys, and pigs. Mike shares two important takeaways from his first business that he applies to his farm. And he also candidly suggests that "you better get some friends." Mike details the growth of his laying operation, including housing, breeds, challenges of ready to lay pullets, and disease management. He outlines how he suffered a large drop-off in egg production and how he leveraged his relationships to make it through the production drops. To learn more about Whitehurst Farms, visit their Facebook page or visit them online. Show Sponsor bmf-logo-paypal-invoiceThis episode of Pastured Poultry Talk is brought to you by Badger's Millside Farm. When you need quality, American made, affordable poultry processing equipment for your on-farm slaughter, consult with Pastured Poultry Talk host Mike Badger. He's a Poultry  Man and Featherman dealer.
Apr 9, 2016
Spence dawns his meat cape of awesomeness for another episode. This time I talk to him about bootstrapping. Some highlights:
  • What are some of the challenges in Bootstrapping a Pastured poultry farm?
  • What would do if you were smart?
  • Are you playing with house money?
  • Don't be afraid to work for a porkchop.
  • What's the biggest obstacle to overcome when starting your own pastured poultry business?
  • Should you have too much chicken or not enough?
  • Plan to be adaptive.
  • Should both spouses work on the farm?
  • Spence shares the number of birds that he can comfortably take care of himself.
  • You need to have realistic expectations. Don't try to create a multi-generational farm overnight.
  • Are you a romantic farmer?
  • Both Mike and Spence provide a perspective size and new markets.
  • Should you listen to what people want?
Send your questions to pasturedpoultrytalk@gmail.com. I'd love to hear from you. Buy American made poultry processing supplies at my farm business, millsidefarm.com
Apr 4, 2016

watson-turkeys cut-up It's never too early or late to think about turkeys. In this episode, Mike starts off talking to Spence about current farm events, which steers the conversation to turkey breeding. Mike has been setting up his Beltsvile Small White breeding program. And no discussion about turkeys is complete without a chat about blackhead. Spence authored a great paper with NCAT on blackhead. About mid-way through, Spence ducks out and Mike finishes the episodes by sharing a couple of slides from his Year Round Turkey Production presentation at the 2016 PASA Farming for the Future Conference where he talks about grinding and cutting up turkey for the year round markets. Reminder: Now is the time to be planning your processing equipment purchases. I am a dealer specializing in small scale poultry processing equipment. Visit millsidefarm.com for more information.
Apr 1, 2016
  watson-turkeys cut-up It's never too early or late to think about turkeys. In this episode, Mike starts off talking to Spence about current farm events, which steers the conversation to turkey breeding. Mike has been setting up his Beltsvile Small White breeding program. And no discussion about turkeys is complete without a chat about blackhead. Spence authored a great paper with NCAT on blackhead. About mid-way through, Spence ducks out and Mike finishes the episodes by sharing a couple of slides from his Year Round Turkey Production presentation at the 2016 PASA Farming for the Future Conference where he talks about grinding and cutting up turkey for the year round markets. Reminder: Now is the time to be planning your processing equipment purchases. I am a dealer specializing in small scale poultry processing equipment. Visit millsidefarm.com for more information.
Apr 1, 2016
watson-turkeys cut-up It's never too early or late to think about turkeys. In this episode, Mike starts off talking to Spence about current farm events, which steers the conversation to turkey breeding. Mike has been setting up his Beltsvile Small White breeding program. And no discussion about turkeys is complete without a chat about blackhead. Spence authored a great paper with NCAT on blackhead. About mid-way through, Spence ducks out and Mike finishes the episodes by sharing a couple of slides from his Year Round Turkey Production presentation at the 2016 PASA Farming for the Future Conference where he talks about grinding and cutting up turkey for the year round markets. Reminder: Now is the time to be planning your processing equipment purchases. I am a dealer specializing in small scale poultry processing equipment. Visit millsidefarm.com for more information.
Apr 1, 2016
watson-turkeys cut-up It's never too early or late to think about turkeys. In this episode, Mike starts off talking to Spence about current farm events, which steers the conversation to turkey breeding. Mike has been setting up his Beltsvile Small White breeding program. And no discussion about turkeys is complete without a chat about blackhead. Spence authored a great paper with NCAT on blackhead. About mid-way through, Spence ducks out and Mike finishes the episodes by sharing a couple of slides from his Year Round Turkey Production presentation at the 2016 PASA Farming for the Future Conference where he talks about grinding and cutting up turkey for the year round markets. Reminder: Now is the time to be planning your processing equipment purchases. I am a dealer specializing in small scale poultry processing equipment. Visit millsidefarm.com for more information.
Apr 1, 2016
watson-turkeys cut-up It's never too early or late to think about turkeys. In this episode, Mike starts off talking to Spence about current farm events, which steers the conversation to turkey breeding. Mike has been setting up his Beltsvile Small White breeding program. And no discussion about turkeys is complete without a chat about blackhead. Spence authored a great paper with NCAT on blackhead. About mid-way through, Spence ducks out and Mike finishes the episodes by sharing a couple of slides from his Year Round Turkey Production presentation at the 2016 PASA Farming for the Future Conference where he talks about grinding and cutting up turkey for the year round markets. Reminder: Now is the time to be planning your processing equipment purchases. I am a dealer specializing in small scale poultry processing equipment. Visit millsidefarm.com for more information.
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