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 […]

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 […]

Family Tree Farms Organic Turkeys

Originally from Ontario, Melanie and Shawn Jennings met in Powell River on the Sunshine Coast of southwestern British Columbia. Melanie was working at the local u-brew and Shawn was a general labourer. Five years later, they were ready to start their own organic farm. Finding ample property at an affordable price, however, meant casting an eye across the province to find […]

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 […]

Free Fowl: Outdoor Access and Summer Shelter Design for Poultry

By Jane Morrigan In a well designed outdoor arrangement, poultry are able to forage, explore, have dust baths, stretch their wings and socialize. The healthy expression of natural poultry behaviour is beneficial in many ways, such as reducing aggression in the flock. It also promotes exercise, which leads to stronger bones and reduced risk of […]

Raising Pigs on Rotational Pastures

To make up for that knowledge gap, we drafted a list of questions and called up neighbours and farmers we knew, flipped through old copies of the Small Farmer Journal, and devoured the pig production section of COG’s Organic Livestock Handbook. Eventually, we also picked up Storey’s Guide to Raising Pigs. In 2008, we fattened […]

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 […]

On a Wing and a Prayer: The Urban Chicken Keeping Movement

Henriette (not her real name) greets me enthusiastically at the door of her large home in an affluent southwest Edmonton neighbourhood. “Come on in, the ‘girls’ are in the garage,” she explains. It is mid-winter and Henriette has decided to offer her two Plymouth Rock hens refuge from the cold in the attached double garage. […]

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 […]

Raising Sheep Organically

“We are working here with an age-old concept,” says Chris Boettcher. “All enterprises on the farm work in concert to make up a whole, which is bigger than the sum of the parts. The more diversity we add to the farm as an ecosystem, the easier it seems to get—managing the individual players in the […]

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 […]

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

Vijay Cuddeford 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 […]

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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