Animal Production

Animal Production

Animal Production

12 Aprils Grazing Dairy Manual

Type: Southern SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Tom Trantham's Twelve Aprils grazing program has been part of three Southern Region SARE projects. Tom has influenced scores of experienced and beginning dairy farmers through presentations at conferences and magazine stories. This online manual addresses the most often asked questions about his system.

A Guide for Hawai’i’s Farmers

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This guide was developed to assist new farmers in tropical small-island settings.

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A Toolbox of Innovations to Control Small Ruminant Parasites

Type: Southern SARE From the Field Profile

Inexpensive, highly effective methods for controlling parasites, including FAMACHA, a tool for diagnosing anemia in small ruminants.

Agripreneur Training Program Materials

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Materials developed to train Latino immigrants interested in starting a free-range poultry business. Incluye el currículo en español.

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Alternative Continuous-Cover Dairy Forage System for Profitability, Flexibility and Soil Health

Type: Fact Sheet

In a SARE-funded study in New York, a team of farmers, researchers and consultants addressed economic, labor and weather constraints in dairy farm rotations by developing an alternative forage cropping system with multiple options to produce high-quality forages. This system produces forage with yields comparable to traditional cropping systems, and is based on soil health management.

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Alternative Parasite Treatment

Small Ruminant Anthelmintics

Type: From the Field Profile

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Alternative Pollinators

Type: North Central SARE Portfolio Brief Sheet

Honeybee losses, compounded with rising rental rates for pollination, are a concern for many producers. Not only are growers looking for alternative pollinators to improve crop security, but they also want to learn how to manage on-farm habitats for native bees and other pollinators. Since 1988, NCR-SARE has supported researchers, educators, and producers who are researching, rearing, and managing species that provide pollination alternatives to the declining honey bee.

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Anaerobic Digesters

E3A: Energy Education for Producers

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This fact sheet series explores the applications and benefits of on-farm anaerobic digestion to convert animal waste to energy.

Aquaculture and Aquaponics

Type: North Central SARE Promotional Product

Aquaculture is the cultivation of fish and aquatic animals and plants. Aquaponics is a bio-integrated system that links recirculating aquaculture with hydroponic vegetable, flower, and/or herb production. In aquaponics, nutrient-rich effluent from fish tanks is used to fertigate hydroponic production beds. SARE has supported recent advances by producers, researchers, and educators that are helping to make aquaculture and aquaponics into working models of sustainable production.

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Aquaponics in School

Rethinking Urban Agriculture: An Aquaponics Approach

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Aquaponics is a food production system that combines aquaculture, the raising of fish, with hydroponics, the soil-less growing of plants in water, into an integrated system. The first year of this project included purchasing and building an aquaponics system consisting of a grow bed, breeding tank, growing tank, and scientific equipment to maintain water quality and quality control throughout the system. The project began with one tank. Currently, there are three tanks with more expansion planned.

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Artificial Insemination

Training Farmers to Breed Sheep

Type: From the Field Profile

Artificial insemination (AI) has become widely popular in breeding livestock, because it allows farmers to make faster genetic improvement in their animals, enhance biosecurity, and decrease breeding related costs of production. Despite these benefits, some farmers are hesitant to use sheep breeding becaue sheep have a complex reproductive anatomy. Farmer Don Brown and Dr. Craig Zimmerly received an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant to test the success rate of AI and share information on AI techniques in sheep.

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Assessing the Viability of Inland Shrimp Farming in South Central Alabama

New American Farm Conference Poster

Type: Poster

Assessing the Viability of Inland Shrimp Farming in South Central Alabama, presented by Anthoney Deanes (Alabama).

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Avicultura Rentable

Criando Aves en Pasturas

Type: Bulletin

Avicultura Rentable: Criando Aves en Pasturas es una guía que incluye experiencias de agricultores  y lo último en investigación para criar pollos y pavos usando corrales, cercos portátiles y pasturas.

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BEHAVE Facilitators’ Network

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

Previous research, along with successful implementation by ranchers, demonstrated the potential for livestock behavior to be modified and managed to improve and restore pastures and rangelands. Kathy Voth and the project team based in Utah designed their project to address the need for more education about using livestock’s natural behavior to manage weeds and other vegetation. According to Voth, the project was developed to “continuously expand the network of trained, agriculture professionals to facilitate understanding and application of behavioral principles to increase environmental integrity, quality of life for people and animals, and economic viability of agricultural enterprises.”

Beef Cooperative Marketing Materials

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Marketing materials and membership agreements developed by the Adirondack Grazers Beef Cooperative.

Beekeeper Develops Non-Chemical Product to Protect Hive from Beetles

Integrated Pest Management for Small Hive Beetles

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

The small hive beetle has the ability to destroy a colony of bees. John Henry Nenninger recognized that the larval stage is the weakest link in a small hive beetle’s lifecycle. He developed a non-chemical product he calls a salt box to stop larvae from reaching suitable soil to pupate.

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Bovine Mastitis Treatment

Professor Tests Non-Antibiotic Therapies

Type: From the Field Profile

While mastitis is the most frequent disease condition in dairy cattle, the most common treatment for it -antibiotics- aren’t used in organic milk production. Mastitis affects animal health, longevity in the herd, and the production of quality milk. Although non-antibiotic products for mastitis have been marketed, limited data is available regarding the safety and efficacy of these products.

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Bringing Viable Pastured Poultry to the South

Type: Southern SARE From the Field Profile

Organizations are providing invaluable training and resources to help small-scale commercial poultry farmers establish profitable operations.

Broiler Chickens Compared in Performance and Behavior

Alternative Broiler Breeds in Three Different Pastured Poultry Systems

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

The Cornish Rock Cross, the favored breed of large-scale poultry houses, has been bred for traits important to that production system; however, the birds have developed health issues as a result, and that’s especially evident in pasture production systems. Kim Cassano, who raises poultry and other livestock on an 80-acre farm in northern Wisconsin, compared the performance of the Cornish Rock Cross to five other broiler breeds on pasture.

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Building an On-Farm Poultry Processing Facility

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Plan and construct a mobile poultry processing unit or stationary facility for on-farm processing.

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Collaborative Grazing for Sage-Grouse: Centennial Valley

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This video portrays the Collaborative Grazing for Sage-Grouse Project in the Centennial Valley focusing on understanding how grazing management affects sage-grouse survival. Better understanding will be important to increasing sage-grouse populations.

Combining Livestock, Manure and Cover Crops

ASA Cover Crops Webinar Series

Type: Multimedia

A livestock and cover crop combination is the fastest way to profit from your investment.

Confirmation of Riparian Friendly Grazing Project Results and Development of Achievable, Site Specific Reference Conditions for Grazed Riparian Areas

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

Building on a previously funded Western SARE project, Kenneth Tate and his team led this project to develop grazing recommendations based on the previous research and share those recommendations with ranchers, public land managers, and others involved with California’s natural resources.

Dairy Management

Type: North Central SARE Promotional Product

The sustainability of a dairy farm relates to many factors revolving around farm management, use of resources, and quality of life. NCR-SARE has supported research and education opportunities in a wide variety of dairy topics including organic dairying, value-added dairy options, pasture productivity, animal management, milk marketing, small ruminant dairies, and farm energy.

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Dairy Your Way

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This publication was created to provide information that will help producers explore the many choices available for today’s dairy farms. This book is not intended to be a how-to dairy guide or manual. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer for dairy farmers seeking success as milk producers, there are many options that can be profitable and satisfying.

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Determination of Gas Emissions from Manure Sources in Animal Feeding Operations

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

Pakorn Sutitarnnontr successfully developed an automated multiplexing system for chamber-based monitoring of greenhouse and regulated gas emissions from manure sources which was used to examine spatial and temporal variability in emissions associated with manure management practices. After development of the system, Pakhorn measured gaseous emissions from AFOs in the Intermountain West to recommend site-specific BMPs.

Developing Added Value, Convenience Products From Free-Range Pastured Chickens

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

In Canistota, SD, a group of family farmers have been experimenting with methods for adding value to their products and income to their operations.

Tom and Ruth Neuberger were traditional livestock farmers in ‘70’s. During the credit crunch of early 80’s they found themselves in debt “up to their ears.” They sold off their livestock to pay off debt, and then had to devise a new business plan. 

They turned to poultry. 

Developing a Handbook for Utilizing Livestock as a Tool in Noxious Weed Control in Nine Western States

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

Researchers, ranchers, and land managers have recognized that livestock grazing can be a valuable and selective noxious weed management tool. In 2004, Jay Davison, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, found that known techniques had not been summarized into a useful format. This weakness had led to slow adoption of livestock grazing as a management tool. Davison and colleagues designed his project to summarize information concerning the use of livestock grazing to control important noxious weeds in nine western states, package the information in a readily useable format, and to disseminate the information to targeted audiences.

Direct Marketing for Farmers and Ranchers

Jeanne Carver

Type: Multimedia

The Imperial Stock Ranch increased profits by using direct, value-added marketing of wool products.

Double Cropping Field Peas May Offer Economic Sustainability for Midwest Swine Producers

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Research at Iowa State University (ISU) may be good news for swine producers who have been facing high grain prices. Coordinated by Jim Fawcett, the team’s recent research at ISU has demonstrated that field peas can be utilized as a partial substitute for soybean meal or corn in swine diets.

Effects of Supplemental Molybdenum on Animal Performance

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

NCR-SARE Research and Education grantee, Patricia Johnson, published, "Effects of supplemental Mo on animal performance, liver Cu concentrations, ruminal hydrogen sulfide concentrations, and the appearance of S and Mo toxicity in steers receiving fiber-based diets" in the Journal of Animal Science. Her research team wanted to identify a feed additive that would negate the toxic effects of high-sulfate water thereby allowing cattle to safely graze rangelands with high-sulfate water sources.

Enhancing Feasibility for Range Poultry Expansion

New American Farm Conference Poster

Type: Poster

Enhancing Feasibility for Range Poultry Expansion, presented by Anne Fanatico (Arkansas).

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Estrategias Economico-Ambientales en la Crianza de Cerdos

Type: Bulletin

Granjeros que quieren producir puercos con éxito en pequeña escala pueden preservar su independencia de cara a la industria de puercos en proceso de consolidación.

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Examining the Cheapest Way to Produce the Best Egg

Comparing How Different Supplemental Feeds Affect the Cost and Nutrient Density of Eggs from Heritage and Hybrid Pastured Hens

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Singing Prairie Farm, owned by John and Holly Arbuckle, is on 50 acres in northeast Missouri. They raise beef cows, free range pigs, turkeys, fryer chickens, and laying hens. Although the operation is not certified organic, it offers the animals organic and/or non-GMO feed and follows organic standards. The Arbuckles sell their meat on farm and wholesale their eggs to grocery stores and restaurants in the area. Arbuckle’s experiment compared the cost effectiveness and nutrient density of formulated organic rations to sprouted wheat rations for supplemental feed.

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Experimental Farm Helps North Carolina Farmers

Type: Southern SARE From the Field Profile

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems has produced a wealth of valuable data through its farm systems research units.

FAMACHA

Sustainable Control of GI Nematodes in Small Ruminants

Type: Southern SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

FAMACHA is a diagnostic tool to help farmers identify parasite infection in small ruminants, allowing them to cut the cost of deworming agents by targeting treatments only to infected animals. Training is required before purchase.

Farmer Adds Value by Adding Prawn and Trout

Adding Value to Missouri Family Farm by Incorporating Aquaculture Into Existing Farm Operation

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Joe Gaylord has a 100-acre farm and rents additional acreage for his 120 cow/calf operation. To offset rising fuel and input costs, he sought another source of income. Since his farm has a large pond with an excellent water supply, he decided a fish and prawn operation would be a good fit.

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Farmer Incorporates Movable Coops for Multiple Benefits

Hoeing Hens

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Wil Farm, owned by Pieter Los, consists of 18 acres near Hermann, Missouri — approximately 2 acres are used to raise flowers, produce, strawberries, and laying hens.

Los incorporated movable coops for laying hens into this sustainable farming system to reduce weeds, tillage, and nutrient losses, and to increase income soil fertility, and farm diversity.

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Farmers Build Small-Scale Mobile Slaughter System

Development of Humane Slaughter Systems for Small-Scale Operations

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

As family farmers in northwest Wisconsin, Larry Jacoby and his partner raise premium sheep and goats. In attempting to market their meat as a value-added product, they came to realize that good, small-scale equipment simply did not exist for humane, animal welfare friendly slaughter. They wanted to develop a mobile slaughter unit that could be produced at a reasonable cost.

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Feeding Corn Co-Products to Livestock

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

These two University of Nebraska manuals discuss the use of corn co-products in livestock rations:

Corn Processing Co-Products Manual
Feeding Corn Milling Co-Products to Forage Fed Cattle

Forage Quality Determined with Grazing Wedge

Using Grazing Wedges to Match Beef Cattle Nutrient Need with Pasture Resources while Reducing Feed and Fertility Costs

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

The grazing wedge is a tool for visualizing forage inventory in different pastures. It visually represents the quality and quantity of forage dry matter available both now and during the next round of grazing, enabling farmers to plan pasture management accordingly. Cattle graze good quality forage (not too mature) without overgrazing and risking poor regrowth. University of Missouri Extension provides an online grazing wedge calculator for producers at www.grazingbeef.missouri.edu.

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Goats and Sheep: Keeping Ahead of the Parasites

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Hear about sustainable small ruminant sustainable production techniques, such as the FAMACHA, which “scores” eyelid color for anemia and parasite control and is an important indicator of herd health. One producer shares her experience with selecting sheep for parasite resistance.

Grad Student Research Leads to Industry and Life Altering Change

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Iowa State University graduate student's unexpected discoveries inspired vibrant new learning communities for small-scale meat processors.

Grass-Fed Beef Nutritional Data Guide

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Grass Run Farms and Iowa State University developed this guide for producers who want USDA nutrition labels for their grass-fed beef.

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Grazing Management to Improve Riparian Health

New American Farm Conference Poster

Type: Poster

Grazing Management to Improve Riparian Health, presented by Ken Tate (California).

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Growing the Pasture-Grazed Dairy Sector in Wisconsin

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This report and video summarize results of comprehensive research on pasture-based dairy products.

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Guide to Designing a Small Red Meat Plant

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Learn how to construct, expand or upgrade a locker-type meat plant.

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Handbook for Small-Scale Poultry Producer-Processors

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Apply for a license to process poultry using a Mobile Poultry Processing Unit (MPPU). 

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Herd Health in Alternative Swine Systems

A Guide

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This guide covers alternative swine system management strategies including stock introduction, breeding, farrowing, veterinary services, vaccinations and more.

How to Direct Market Your Beef

Type: Book

How to Direct Market Your Beef portrays how one couple used its family’s ranch to launch a profitable, grass-based beef operation focused on direct market sales.

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Impacts of Age on Residual Feed Intake and Its Effect on Reproductive Parameters and Profitability in Ewes

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

Graduate student Rebecca Cockrum's Western SARE-funded project was the first to use the GrowSafe feed intake system with sheep to measure residual feed intake (RFI). Her project attempted to address one unmet need of the sheep industry – the reluctance to adopt RFI as a measure of feed efficiency, due to limited research.

Imperial Stock Ranch Heritage Lamb/Fiber Marketing

New American Farm Conference Poster

Type: Poster

Imperial Stock Ranch Heritage Lamb/Fiber Marketing, presented by Jeanne Carver (Oregon).

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Improving Pasture Quality with Cover Crops in North Dakota

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Donnie and Trisha Feiring at Feiring’s Cattle Company in Beach, North Dakota are utilizing techniques such as cover crops, bale grazing, and high stock density grazing to improve their pasture land without tilling and replanting.

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Improving Rangeland in the Semi-Arid West

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

Research by geneticist Dr. Blair Waldron, USDA-ARS Forage and Range Research Lab in Logan, Utah, has led to a better understanding of the positive uses of perennial shrubs (such as Forage Kochia) and grass-legume mixes in managing rangeland in the semi-arid west. His research will assist ranchers and land managers in decreasing invasive species, lessen damage from wildfires, reduce nitrogen fertilizer use and feeding costs, and increase environmental stewardship.

In-House Composting in High-Rise, Caged Layer Facilities

Type: Fact Sheet

This fact sheet describes research on composting manure inside of the buildings housing laying hens. Research showed that the addition of a carbon source coupled with frequent aeration of compost in a layer house produced temperatures high enough to inhibit fly reproduction in the material, and odor problems are diminished.

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Information Flows along the Beef Supply Chain: Information Exchange as a Strategy for Mitigating Increased Costs and Maximizing Producer Profits

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

Due to information asymmetry in the beef supply chain, there is no communication system to identify the feed strategies that produce high quality beef with lower production costs. Sarah Lake, graduate student at the University of Colorado, considered that increasing the exchange of information throughout the beef supply chain could be a priority for the continued economic success of the beef industry. With better access to information, beef producers potentially could improve feed strategies and produce higher volumes of quality beef.

Innovative Livestock Systems I

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Individual presentations on poultry breeding, meat goat production and small-scale pastured poultry.

Innovative Livestock Systems II

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Individual presentations on livestock mentoring, silvopasture for hogs and hair sheep networking.

Innovative Livestock Systems III

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Individual presentations on sustainable dairy programs, renovating pasture and hayfields, beef grazing systems and erosion, and winter grazing.

Integrated Production Systems in Micronesia

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

According the Dr. Virendra Verma, College of Micronesia - FSM, there is a crucial need to increase agricultural production in Micronesia by generating the ability to successfully raise livestock and grow food and feed crops for sustenance. This can be accomplished by training local farmers in appropriate and skillful use of sustainable and integrated agriculture systems.

Integrating Small Goat Herd Production with Fruits and Vegetable Production

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This report resulted from a project in Hawaii with the purpose to develop a diversified production system by integrating the farm’s goat production enterprise into a crop production enterprise, where both goats and crops benefit from each other.

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Integrating Traditional Foods with Aquaponics in the Desert Southwest

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Claudio Rodriguez takes you through the basics of aquaponic growing at Arevalos Farm in McNeal, AZ. Project partially funded by Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

Integrating Traditional Foods with Aquaponics in the Desert Southwest

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

Farmer Aaron Cardona designed his project to research building a more affordable aquaponic system on his farm, which could be replicated by others in the region, creating an economic opportunity. The system would also produce culturally relevant food as a means of bringing back traditional foods into the local population’s diet; thus, improving the health of the community.

Intensive Grazing: A Threat to Water Quality?

New American Farm Conference Poster

Type: Poster

Intensive Grazing: A Threat to Water Quality?, presented by Ray Weil (Maryland).

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Iowa Meat Processors’ Resource Guidebook

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A guide to building, upgrading or expanding a small meat processing facility in Iowa.

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Livestock Enterprise Comparative Decision Support Toolkit

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Guides ranchers through entry level decision-making about small scale livestock enterprises.  

Livestock Marketing Channel Assessment Tool

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This tool provides livestock producers with a way to identify the most profitable marketing channels.

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Livestock Mortality Composting Manual

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Mortality management threatens the sustainability of livestock production in many ways. Composting mortalities is an alternative that holds promise for the achievement of environmental protection, economic sustainability and job creation. Incluye los recursos en español.

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Local Food: Food Processing

Type: Topic Room

Processing can be a challenge for small-scale producers, but it is a key to entering high-value local markets. In-depth information on animal processing, harvest handling and value-added processing.

Local Food: Food Safety

Type: Topic Room

Find out how to be compliant with today's food safety regulations.

Low-Input Lambing and Kidding

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A 70-page handbook on reducing inputs and managing stress during lambing or kidding.

Making the Switch

Two Successful Dairy Graziers Tell Their Stories

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Some nine to ten years after they began to use grazing instead of confined feeding for their milk cows, two successful Maryland dairymen sat down for leisurely interviews on how they changed to grazing and how grazing changed their lives.

Management-Intensive Grazing

Type: North Central SARE Promotional Product

Management-intensive grazing (MIG) maximizes the feed potential of pasture by moving grazing animals through a series of pasture paddocks. By monitoring the growth of pasture plants, producers can control the grazing activities of the animals, ensuring that they are harvesting the forages with the best nutritional quality. NCR-SARE has supported research and educational opportunities around the topic of management-intensive grazing in order to help producers reduce costs and increase profits.

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Management Intensive Grazing (Dairy)

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Cows have legs. MIG lets them use them – in a way that protects the land and water and cuts feeding costs. Controlled grazing is catching on, putting the fun back in dairy farming and bringing back the next generation of dairy farmers.

Managing Drought Risk On the Ranch

The Role of Drought Preparedness in Improving the Sustainability of Great Plains Ranches

Type: From the Field Profile

Producers throughout the nation continue to grow increasingly concerned about water scarcity. Farmers, ranchers, and agricultural educators are exploring new approaches to the challenges associated with water shortage and drought.

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Manure Composting for Livestock and Poultry Production

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This Montana State University publication addresses medium- to large-scale composting as a management option for animal producers in cold, semi-arid environments.

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Meat Marketing

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

A local Kansas expert shares how to beef up your beef business with her work developing and trademarking an all natural-branded meat product line called “Good Natured Family Farms” (It’s featured on the Local Chefs tour!). A researcher shares how to tap niche meat markets.

Meeting the Need for Livestock Mortality Alternatives

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

With traditional methods of handling dead livestock either becoming more costly or falling under closer scrutiny, a team of researchers from four Western states developed in-depth training materials on livestock composting, an alternative disposal method.

Minnesota Producer Experiments with Hogs to Control Buckthorn

Control of Buckthorn with Hogs, Cutting Feed Costs with Food Waste

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Originally introduced by European settlers who liked the fast growth and thick hedges it produced, buckthorn is an exotic invasive species that forms an impenetrable understory that can cause long-term decline of woodland and wetland areas by competing with native tree seedlings and plants. Struggling with traditional treatment choices for this noxious weed, Minnesota producer, Nancy Lunzer, tested an original option for controlling buckthorn on her ranch.

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Missouri Grazing Schools

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Learn how to design and manage intensive grazing systems like the more than 11,000 farmers who have attended this three-day grazing school. Courses cover soils, plant growth and development, nutrition, animal behavior, water availability, fencing, design and layout for management-intensive grazing. 

Mixed Crop-Livestock Farming Systems for the Inland Northwest U.S.

EW06-066, Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, Washington

Type: Western SARE Project Summary

Mobile Poultry Processing Unit Farm and Food Safety Management Guide

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Food safety information for mobile poultry processing units or stationary on-farm facilities.

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Montana Ranchers Embrace New Winter Forage

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

For ranchers, Montana's first state-recommended winter wheat variety is a livestock forage with multiple benefits. 

Mortenson Ranch's Range Restoration Video

Type: North Central SARE Multimedia

In this video, NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant recipient, Todd Mortenson, describes some of his family’s many conservation efforts on their ranch in South Dakota.

Much-Needed Help for Georgia's Growing Pasture-Based Dairy Industry

Type: Southern SARE From the Field Profile

University of Georgia researchers are developing a wealth of resources—on nutrient management, forage selection, rotational strategies and other topics—for the state's pasture-based dairies.

Multi-Species Pasture Stacking Systems

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Down a winding country road in Garnett, Kansas stands the Bauman farm, where agriculture is a family affair. Upon purchasing the farm in 2001, the family’s first farm venture was to raise pastured chickens and livestock. Today, the Baumans sell about 7,000 broiler chickens each year and an average 350 dozen eggs a week.

With the help of a grant from the NCRSARE Farmer Rancher grant program, the Baumans experimented with pasturing different species of animals in the same area. With the “pasture stacking” project, the family increased their broiler chickens’ average weight by 50 percent.

Multi-State Resource Tool Addresses Small Ruminant Production Needs

Type: Southern SARE From the Field Profile

A comprehensive small ruminant resource tool covering all manners of production, planning, marketing, health, and facilities has been developed to aid producers and the Extension agents who work with them in improving sheep and goat profitability and sustainability.

NOFA Handbooks

Type: Northeast SARE Book

A series of eight handbooks for new farmers or established producers seeking to transition to organic or improve their current practices. Print only; order from Chelsea Green.

Niche Poultry Enterprises in New England

A guide for farmers and farm service providers

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Broiler enterprises have started making a comeback in the region in recent years, but they tend to look very different from the standard broiler operations you’d find in Maryland or Georgia.

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North Dakota Farming Family Uses Livestock to Restore the Land

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

A group of farmers in Wimbledon, ND are working to turn a conventional chemically dependent farm into a fertile, sustainable, organic, farming unit. What started as a farm restoration project for the sake of their beef market ended by using all of the livestock to restore the soil.

Novel Methods for Sustainable Control of Gastrointestinal Nematodes in Llamas and Alpacas

New American Farm Conference Poster

Type: Poster

Novel Methods for Sustainable Control of Gastrointestinal Nematodes in Llamas and Alpacas, presented by Ann Gillespie (Georgia).

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Nutrient Management Boosts the Profitability, Stewardship of New York Dairies

Type: Northeast SARE From the Field Profile

A team of researchers, educators, farmers and consultants are developing and promoting a suite of on-farm assessment tools that take the guesswork out of nutrient management.

Ohio Katahdin Sheep Producer Finds a Fairly High Heritability for Resistance to Parasites in the Breed

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

In Wooster, Ohio, a producer of Katahdin sheep is working with producers from two other states on the heritability of parasite resistance. The group is investigating methods of identifying ewes with a reduced periparturient rise. They are comparing the fecel egg count of sheep selected for their low fecal egg counts as lambs to determine how it relates to their adult parasite resistance and that of their offspring. 

Ohio Milk and Cheese Initiative Explores New Market Opportunities in Ohio

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

To determine the level of interest and opportunities for the production of sheep milk and cheeses in Ohio, Abbe and Anderson Turner helped form the Ohio Sheep Milk and Cheese Initiative (OSMCI).

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On-Farm Energy Production from Anaerobic Digestion

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This webinar covers the basic principles, operation and economics of on-farm anaerobic digestion systems.

On-Farm Internship Training Binder

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The Placer Ag Futures Project was conceived as a response to critical issues affecting local agricultural sustainability. This project was intended to help grow a new crop of agricultural professionals that are trained in sustainable agricultural practices.

One part of the Ag Futures Project was the on-farm internship training. The summer internship program consisted of an intensive three-day pre-internship training, a training binder and a nine-week rotating internship, working with producers of different commodities. The internship started with a three-day training program developed and delivered by producers and University of California Cooperative Extension Farm Advisors. The training included classroom sessions on the science of production and husbandry practices, as well as hands-on practical training at several of the participating operations. To augment the training, each intern received a binder of materials related to production and husbandry practices for the relevant crops and species, farm safety and other information.

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On-Farm Research Investigates How Planting Techniques Influence Livestock Grazing

Skip-Row Corn Planting Techniques with Cover Crops for Sustainable Grazing

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Harry Cope grazes 100 head of cattle, 400 ewes, and occasionally 400 head of feeder goats. He wanted to switch from supplementing pasture with harvested grains to a year-round grazing system that included standing corn interplanted with cover crops.

Getting good soil contact and enough light are challenges when planting cover crops into a standing corn crop. Skip-row planting (skipping some rows of corn when planting) looked like a solution that would allow Cope to establish a cover crop mix of oats, cereal rye, red clover, Winford turnip kale, Graza radish, and cow peas. If successful, he could extend the length of time his animals could graze forages (cover crops), reduce labor and input costs, and increase profitability.

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Partnership for Monitoring Rangeland and Riparian Health in Red Rock Canyon Watershed

New American Farm Conference Poster

Type: Poster

Partnership for Monitoring Rangeland and Riparian Health in Red Rock Canyon Watershed, presented by John Hays (Arizona).

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Pasture and Grazing Management in the Pacific Northwest

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A book that provides knowledge of ecological processes involved in pasture growth and utilization and an understanding of how management influence those processes for good or bad.

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Pastured Poultry as an Alternative and Enhancement to a Traditional Livestock Agricultural System

FW01-010, Tony Daranyi, Colorado

Type: Western SARE Project Summary

Patch Burning for Cattle and Prairie: Doing Well by Doing Good

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

A Kansas rancher uses patch burning to improve the nutritional value of her prairies while protecting diverse native species.

Perennial Forage Revitalizes Rangeland

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

Pervasive cheatgrass has long posed a threat to ranchers and their communities in the Intermountain West, but there is new hope in forage kochia, a perennial shrub with the potential to improve grazing and biodiversity.

Perfecting the Day-Range Pastured-Poultry System

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Raising poultry on pasture instead of in a barn or other permanent structure is an increasingly popular enterprise for hobby and small farmers across the country. This bulletin features the Day-Range system, which consists of a mobile pen that is kept inside a fenced area. The birds are free to roam within the fenced-area during the day and are put in the mobile pen at night if predators are a problem. The mobile pen is moved daily to prevent accumulation of manure and the fence is moved as necessary to provide access to fresh pasture.

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Polyculture and Reservoir Ranching

Sustainable Aquaculture Strategies for Paddlefish (Polyodon spathula) Production

Type: Fact Sheet

The purpose of this fact sheet is to describe two production systems, polyculture and reservoir ranching, that show promise of becoming popular methods for increasing fish production and profits in inland waters compared to a traditional monoculture system.

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Poultry Your Way

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Poultry Your Way is for anyone interested in commercially raising, processing, and marketing poultry. It is designed to help you consider alternatives, and to help you make decisions about which alternative(s) will be most compatible with your family and business goals.

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Prescribed/Riparian-Friendly Grazing (Range)

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

How do you get the most out of cattle grazing? Don’t just turn cattle loose, but manage them using practices that help protect waterways or control noxious weeds. Learn from ranchers and on-the-ground collaborative research by the California Cattle Association, U.S. Forest Service, California Farm Bureau and others.

Preserving Genetic Diversity in Swine

A Survey of Relationships Among Rare Breeds of Pigs

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

There are more than 70 breeds of pigs worldwide, but only seven are used in most large pork-producing operations. Though benefits of biodiversity are often overlooked, there are farmers and organizations interested in preserving rare and endangered breeds for future generations. Kizzi Roberts, a graduate student at the University of Missouri, wanted to determine the relationships within rare breeds that lacked pedigree information.

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Profitable Pork

Alternative Strategies for Hog Producers

Type: Bulletin

The 16-page bulletin features profiles about successful hog producers as well as the latest research on everything from greater profits to better-tasting pork raised in alternative hog systems.

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Profitable Poultry

Raising Birds on Pasture

Type: Bulletin

Profitable Poultry: Raising Birds on Pasture features farmer experiences plus the latest research in a guide to raising chickens and turkeys using pens, movable fencing and pastures.

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Profitable Rabbit Production

Establishing a Commercial Distribution Channel

Type: From the Field Profile

Rabbit meat is high in protein and low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium when compared to most of the meats eaten in the U.S. Rabbit meat has great potential to feed people in developing countries and could be promoted in the U.S. as a healthful, natural meat and a small farm asset (Fanatico, Anne. “Rabbit Production.” ATTRA. October 2005).

On his family farm in Indianapolis, Nick Carter wanted to know whether meat rabbitries could be a new revenue opportunity for small family farms. He applied for an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant to conduct a feasibility study.

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Raising Livestock and Crops Simultaneously in Unheated Greenhouses

FW07-031, John Socolofsky, Colorado

Type: Western SARE Project Summary

This farmer project assessed whether greenhouse crops can be raised in hoop structures heated by livestock's body heat and manure compost.

Rangeland Management Strategies

Type: Bulletin

Features innovative SARE-funded research on creating and sustaining a healthy range.

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Rehabilitating Degraded Grasslands with Managed Grazing

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

Steve Van Vleet found that properly managing grasslands with mob grazing significantly helped regenerate the vegetation and improve species diversity. 

Researcher Devotes Career to Producing Disease and Mite Resistant Queen Honey Bees

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

In Rochester, IL, Stu Jacobson is attempting to increase interest and understanding among beekeepers in Illinois, eastern Missouri, and southern Wisconsin.

Researchers Study Forage Chicory for Parasite Reduction in Sheep

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Sheep and goat production is a growing enterprise for small and limited resource farmers in the North Central region. While small ruminants (sheep and goats) are adaptable to many different production systems and can be raised with relatively few inputs, they present production challenges. In Ohio, researchers are examining the use of forage chicory as part of a gastrointestinal nematode parasites control strategy for sheep.

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SARE Publications Kit

Type: National SARE Promotional Product

Order an entire set of SARE Outreach books and bulletins for one low price.


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SARE and Poultry Waste

Type: Southern SARE Bulletin

Managing Poultry Waste

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Safe Poultry Products

Teaching Pastured-Poultry Producers On-Farm Processing Best Management Practices for a Safer Product

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Kevin Backes and his family operate Backes Poultry Company. They raise and slaughter 5,000 to 6,000 of their own chickens annually and slaughter 15,000-18,000 birds for others in their state-inspected processing facility each year.
The Backes surveyed people who brought birds to their plant for slaughter and determined that the most common errors occurred in safe handling of the birds in both pre- and post-slaughtering.

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Safer Management Practices for Small Poultry Processors in Missouri

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This booklet contains descriptions and photos of safe on-farm poultry processing practices.

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Saving Heritage Turkeys

A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session

Type: Presentation

Learn how a group saved heritage turkeys, once on the brink of extinction, perpetuating a profitable enterprise for range poultry farmers. 

Saving Money & Improving Landscapes

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This multimedia project includes four video segments on the economics of behavior. They are: 1) Improve Rangeland Use and Profitability: Using Low Moisture Block to Extend the Grazing Season, 2) Reduce Feed Costs and Improve Feed Efficiency: Let Animals Mix their Own Diets, 3) Improve Rangeland Use and Profitability: Herding and Low Stress Handling, and 4) Cost Effective Weed Management: Training Cows to Eat Them.

Selecting Cattle to Improve Grazing Distribution Patterns, Rangeland Health and Water Quality

Type: Fact Sheet

This project is the first and only study that we are aware of that has evaluated whether grazing distribution has the potential to be improved through intensive breed selection. Most of the management approaches currently used to increase grazing uniformity, such as water developments and fencing, can resolve livestock grazing distribution problems on both private and public lands. However, these practices usually require large capital expenditures.

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Sheep Grazing - Alfalfa Economic Tool

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This program was developed from current research for sheep and alfalfa producers as an economic decision and support tool.

Sheep Grazing to Manage Crop Residues, Insects and Weeds in Northern Plains Grain and Alfalfa Systems

Type: Fact Sheet

In a SARE-funded project coordinated by Montana State University, researchers have demonstrated that using sheep to graze crop residue and summer fallow can help address insect, weed and residue management challenges.

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Storage Methods for Ethanol Co-Products

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This University of Nebraska video series contains information on the storage and utilization of three unique co-product feeds from the ethanol industry.

Strategies for Coping with Parasite Larvae on Pastures in the Springtime in Ohio

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This multi-page fact sheet describes basic parasite biology for gastrointestinal worms acquired by sheep and goats on pastures, and provides several strategies for managing internal parasitism. 

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Sustainable 12 Aprils Dairy Grazing

Tom Trantham

Type: Multimedia

When rising feed costs threatened to put his once-successful confined feeding dairy out of business, Tom Trantham made the switch to a pasture-based rotational grazing system, and now his operation has never been stronger.

Sustainable Control of Internal Parasites in Small Ruminant Production

Type: Fact Sheet

Small ruminants (sheep and goats) are adaptable to many different production systems and can be raised with relatively few inputs, but they face huge production challenges. Control of internal parasites, especially gastrointestinal nematodes including Haemonchus contortus (barberpole worm, stomach worm), is a primary concern for many sheep and goat producers and is particularly challenging in humid regions. 

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Sustainable Ranch Management Assessment Guidebook

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The purpose of the guidebook is to assist the rancher and/or land manager use business planning and ecological monitoring to ensure the ranch or land is managed in a sustainable manner. Material focuses on:

  • Business planning
  • Financial and ecological monitoring
  • Assessment of ranch management
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Sustainable Year-Round Forage System for Goat Production

New American Farm Conference Poster

Type: Poster

Sustainable Year-Round Forage System for Goat Production, presented by Sandra Solaiman (Alabama).

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Talking Chicken: Practical Advice on Heirloom Chickens & Eggs

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Farmer Rancher grant recipient, Kelly Klober, provides valuable insight into rare, heritage and heirloom breed selection, chick raising, breeding and marketing to help producers start their own fully sustainable heritage chicken flock and raise eggs and meat for family or small farm business.

Teaching Cattle to Eat Sagebrush

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

Nevada rancher Agee Smith is using a farmer/rancher grant to add sagebrush to his cattle's diet, which has the potential to lower winter feed costs while improving rangeland biodiversity. 

The Artisan of Cheese

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Charuth van Beuzekom-Loth grew up in Holland. Her family raised goats and good cheese was plentiful. Eventually, she moved to the United States and years later settled down with her husband on a small farm named Shadowbrook near Lincoln, Nebraska. The transition went along nicely except for one thing. The cheese just wasn’t the same.

“I guess I’d always had a dream of doing some kind of a cheese making venture,” said van Beuzekom-Loth. “I love the cheeses in Holland. I never was very satisfied with the cheese that I could buy here unless it came from Europe.”

The New American Farmer, 2nd Edition

Profiles of Agricultural Innovation

Type: Book

Hailing from small vegetable farms, cattle ranches and grain farms covering thousands of acres, the producers in The New American Farmer, 2nd edition have embraced new sustainable approaches to agriculture.

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The Ogallala Aquifer of the Texas High Plains: A Race Against Time

The Texas Alliance for Water Conservation

Type: Multimedia

As the drought in the Texas High Plains continues to intensify, a unique partnership of producers and researchers is working diligently to find economically viable alternatives to the region’s irrigation-dependent crop monocultures.

The Small Ruminant Toolbox

Type: Southern SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This Small Ruminant Toolbox is a large collection of publications, presentations and other resources that will be helpful to small ruminant producers and educators.

Toolkit Supports Livestock Decisions

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

The Agricultural Innovation and Commercialization Center at Purdue University has developed a Comparative Decision Support toolkit online resource to assist with entry-level decision-making about small-scale livestock enterprises.  

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Total Mix Ration Feed for Dairy Cows

Tom Trantham

Type: Multimedia

How can Tom Trantham’s cows graze alfalfa and not be susceptible to bloat? The short answer: feed the cows a total mix ration (TMR) each evening.

Trained Sheep Grazing Vineyard Floor

Aversion Training

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

According to researchers, training sheep to have a food aversion is a simple process. However, there are important steps to follow to improve the strength of the aversion. This fact sheet describes the aversion training process.

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Trained Sheep Grazing Vineyard Floor

LiCl Dosage

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

According to researchers, training sheep to have a food aversion is a simple process. However, there are important steps to follow to improve the strength of the aversion. This fact sheet describes how to find the correct dose of LiCl for the aversion training process.

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Using Hydroponic Green Forage to Reduce Feed Costs in Natural Pork Production

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Due to the rising cost of feed, many small scale pork producers are exploring alternatives in order to increase their profit margins. At Donnelly Farms, Jack Donnelly is producing hydroponically-grown green forage for his hogs, and has been able to reduce feed outlay and increase their bottom line.

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