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Steak – A Book Review

In BEEF, Book Reviews, Nutrition by James2 Comments

What exactly makes a memorable tasting steak so memorable? What are the components from cow to plate that set the stage for such an experience? In Mark Schatzker’s book Steak: One Man’s Search for the World’s Tastiest Piece of Beef  the author travels to six different countries, and raises his own cow in order to unlock the secret to what makes …

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Pastured Pig to Plate

In Livestock & Pasture, PORK by James0 Comments

Cooking Up a Story has a three-part series highlighting food writer and blogger Kathleen Bauer’s experience of finding a pastured pig through a friend, meeting the pig, butchering the pig, then sharing the bounty with friends. Pastured pigs is one of the enterprises I hope to have when I farm so I found interest in this series. The series does a …

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Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat and Pork – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, BUTCHERY, Livestock & Pasture, PORK, POULTRY, Reference by James0 Comments

Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat and Pork: The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering by Adam Danforth is the second of Adam’s two books that I have read – the first one covered beef (Read Here). This book as the title suggests covers multiple animals and like the Beef book is quite comprehensive and loaded with brilliant photos. This book …

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Sweet Swine Success

In Livestock & Pasture, PORK by James0 Comments

As farmers and direct marketers, the Nottermans of Snug Valley Farm have expanded their existing pork production and marketing by 900% in the last three years. They are now marketing pasture-raised heritage pork to customers and restaurants from Hardwick to Burlington, VT. Their expectation is that within the next two years, they will increase their pork production by an additional …

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How to Get Your Chickens to Make the Best Use of Pasture

In Livestock & Pasture, POULTRY by James0 Comments

Labor cost and feed-conversion efficiencies;  these are the two things that determine the profitability of a pastured meat-bird operation.  The less you have to work with the birds, the lower your labor costs.  But how do you improve the rate that they turn feed into meat?  That’s the question that the producers at Pasture Perfect Poultry decided to answer with some on …

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How To Start A Grass-Fed Beef Cooperative

In BEEF, Land & Money, MARKETING by James0 Comments

New York State is losing a farm every three days and with it a way of life, generations of farming knowledge, small town infrastructure and a whole landscape. When a farm closes, the fields return to scrub within a year. In Washington County, New York, a group of 8 farmers is attempting to stop this from happening to them.  They’ve …

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Stipa – Native Grasses Association

In Livestock & Pasture, PASTURE by James0 Comments

This is Graeme Hand’s webpage dedicated to native grasses. Lots of great information on perennial grasses and management. Check out the newsletter section! I spent 5 weeks with Graeme at his farm with his family and he’s a great educator. Check out my Demystifying the Art of Grazing series for more about what I learned working with Graeme.  Visit Website …

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Demystifying The Art of Grazing

In BEEF, DEMYSTIFYING THE ART OF GRAZING, Livestock & Pasture, MY ARTICLES, My Farming Experiences, PASTURE by James1 Comment

At the beginning of 2014 I spent 5 weeks in Southwest Victoria Australia learning about Holistic Planned Grazing. I made a video highlighting what I learned. The theme is Demystifying the art of grazing, or showing that grazing is not an art but rather a science and if given the proper tools anyone can do it. Enjoy and happy grazing.

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Butchering Beef – A Book Review

In BEEF, Book Reviews, BUTCHERY, Livestock & Pasture, Pasture & Livestock, Reference by James1 Comment

Butchering Beef: The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering and Butchering by Adam Danforth is a book I’d been looking forward to reading since I learned of its existence – which hasn’t been that long, only a few months now. One of the big attractions of the farming life for me is to be able to grow my own food. …

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In Livestock & Pasture by James0 Comments

The page is dedicated to all things beef. Everything here pertains to taking care of cows and raising the best and healthiest beef possible. Useful Books: Salad Bar Beef

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Pastured Poultry Profit$ – A Book Review

In Book Reviews, Joel Salatin, Livestock & Pasture, POULTRY by James4 Comments

Pastured Poultry Profit$: Net $25,000 in 6 Months on 20 Acres is one of Joel Salatin’s most read and referred to books for wannabe farmers and established farmers alike. Joel shares with the reader his experience of raising and processing chickens which spans back into his own childhood. The methods he describes in the book are constantly being refined (by …