Links to the revised Canadian Organic Standards as of November 25, 2015.
Recipe for Raising Chickens makes us feel that we are right there with the chickens as they go through their cycles of laying, setting on and hatching eggs and caring for their chicks until they are able to go out on their own.
More often than not, people who work with animals enjoy the rewards of their relationships with them. Whether it’s the daily milking of dairy cows, watching calves play or lambs spring-board off their mothers’ backs, putting feed or treats of apples in front of ‘enthusiastic’ animals…there is often a feeling of pleasure and fulfillment in looking after the critters and connecting with them.
A couple years ago, we added pigs to the mix of activities at Tourne-Sol cooperative farm. Before that, our commercial vegetable experience led us to leap into market farming whole hog, but considering our limited animal experience, we were quite hesitant when it came to livestock.
Over thirty years ago, University of Vermont professor Bill Murphy wrote a book, Greener Pastures on Your Side of the Fence: Better Farming with Voisin Grazing Management, which served as the grazier’s Bible as they journeyed through grass-based livestock production.
Internal parasitism is considered to be one of the most prominent livestock disease in Canada, causing economic and production losses to many ruminant livestock producers.
The debate on how to manage foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) takes on a serious tone considering the latest statistics from the U.K. As of May 14, 2001, over three million animals had been slaughtered, including approximately 500,000 cattle, over two million sheep, 118,000 pigs, and 2,000 goats. Half a million animals are awaiting slaughter.2 It has been estimated that 95% of slaughtered animals were healthy and uninfected.
Sheep fit well into many farm operations. If self-sufficiency and sustainability are your goals, raising sheep has many advantages.