The book covers not only the needs of the pasture plants, soil, and livestock, but also helps you understand how to set up the most suitable grazing system for the farm.
Fascinated by his farmland’s transformation during his transition to organic practices, Blain wanted to know whether his observations could be backed by data. With the help of Peter Donovan from the Soil Carbon Coalition, he uses Google LandSat composite images to identify how well his land is capturing solar energy.
In a market flush with green washing, staking a position and definition around “ethical” meat can be a challenge. This book aims to help farmers make a successful entry or transition to producing and marketing ethical meat.
Originally from Ontario, Melanie and Shawn Jennings met in Powell River on the Sunshine Coast of southwestern British Columbia.
In a well designed outdoor arrangement, poultry are able to forage, explore, have dust baths, stretch their wings and socialize.
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.
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.