Book Review: The Art and Science of Grazing: How Grass Farmers Can Create Sustainable Systems for Healthy Animals and Farm Ecosystems

By Sarah Flack, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2016 Review by Samantha Klinck Reading this book is like attending a personal workshop designed for your farm. In her fantastic book, The Art and Science of Grazing, Sarah Flack gives the reader the information they need to properly manage pastures and grazing on the farm for the betterment […]

Blankets of the Landscape: About the Upper Canada Fibreshed

By Becky Porlier A powerful thing happens when we purchase our meat and produce from small-scale, organic farms. Similarly, in the Fibreshed movement, the principles that underlie slow food and the creation of local food systems are applied to natural textiles—plant fibres from cotton, flax, hemp and protein fibres from sheep, alpaca, rabbits and goats. […]

Book Review: The New Livestock Farmer- The business of raising and selling ethical meat

The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising and Selling Ethical Meat By Rebecca Thistlethwaite and Jim Dunlop, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015   Reviewed by Chris Bodnar There is a tremendous appetite for sustainable, ethical meat. Especially bacon. Bacon and ethical meat are popular topics of conversation in the media as well as in grocery […]

Before and after photos: building soil with livestock

Livestock have been crucial for soil building and the success of Funny Duck Farms, a mixed livestock and CSA operation located in Ontario.  Check out these “before and after photos” generously contributed and compiled by farmer Sam Klinck. And…be sure not miss these related posts: Livestock for soil building: Funny Duck Farms, ON (article) Soil […]

Livestock for Soil Building: Funny Duck Farms, ON

TCOG Q and A with farmer Samantha Klinck: 2 farm sites, near Jasper and Frankville, ON This article is one of 12 soils-focused articles published in TCOG magazine’s Fall/Winter 2015 issue. See also:  Soil building with livestock: 10 photos and Before and after photos: building soil with livestock “Farming is not only a long game, […]

Book Review: Minnie Rose Lovgreen’s Recipe for Raising Chickens

Review by Joanne Jackson Johnson The Third Edition of Recipe for Raising Chickens appeared in 2009, almost twenty five years after the First and Second Editions.   It has reappeared, likely, because of a renewed interest in a more humane way of raising food animals and birds. These days, many small scale and urban farmers interested […]

Soil building with livestock: 10 photos

By Samantha Klinck, Funny Duck Farms, Southeastern Ontario Many thanks to Sam for sharing these photos and this information! -TCOG editors

Foot-and-mouth control in the 21st century: Regrettable precaution or senseless slaughter?

THERE ARE PROBABLY FEW NEUTRAL OPINIONS AMONG LIVESTOCK OWNERS ON HOW SOCIETY SHOULD CONTROL OUTBREAKS OF FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE. At the outset, it should be understood that foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a global phenomenon. Since January 1, 2000, there have been FMD outbreaks in 38 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America.1 Foot-and-mouth is considered […]

Organic Dairy Cows: Health and Welfare

A cold glass of organic milk… If this sounds quite appealing on this Canadian summer day, you are not alone. The number of organic dairy farms is on the rise across Canada, coinciding with growing consumer interest in the humane treatment of food animals and in organic dairy products. As the Canadian organic dairy industry […]

Humane Handling of Livestock

Jane Morrigan 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 […]

Intensive Grazing: Is It Working For You?

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. For many, the results were unexpected—healthier animals, healthier pastures, more productivity, and lower costs. In […]

Managing internal parasites in organic 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. For organic producers, recourse to synthetic dewormers is severely restricted and in some cases prohibited. Farmers are seeking alternatives. They are concerned about drug residues in meat and increased resistance […]

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

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