"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. A Kentucky family nets between 90 cents and $1.50
per pound from Louisville customers for birds raised on pasture.
A New Mexico producer who rotates birds across his property year-round
has seen dramatic improvements to his desert soil. And a Wyoming
producer was able to quit a full-time, off-the-farm job to stay
home and raise pastured poultry with help from her school-age kids.
With those examples and more from around the country, the bulletin
touches on the system's many opportunities to improve profits, environment
and rural family life. With original ideas for marketing poultry
products and a page of additional, expert resources, the 16-page
bulletin offers a jumping-off point for new producers.
Worldwide, concerns about the avian influenza virus, which causes
varying amounts of illness in poultry, are growing. Those viruses
can infect chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, ducks, geese and
guinea fowl, as well as a wide variety of other birds. According
to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), USDA,
migratory waterfowl have proved to be a natural reservoir for the
less infectious strains of the disease. For more information about
avian flu and what you can do, visit http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/birdbiosecurity/hpai.html.