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Fish Meal in Pastured Poultry Feed

The following has been copied from "The Organic Broadcaster" and The Ferrell Company NewsletterOrganic BroadcasterResearch shows fishmeal improves poultry performanceBy Jody Padgham, MOSESRecently completed research by the Fertrell Company of Bainbridge, Penn., indicates that broiler chickens fed a ration including fishmeal grow larger and have better feed conversion than those without the nutritional supplement.A highly concentrated protein, fishmeal [...]

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MPU Information

The following is from The Niche Meat Processor Assistance NetworkPSMPC Mobile Slaughter Unit Up for Lease In other mobile slaughter unit news, the Puget Sound Meat Producers Cooperative (PSMPC) will not renew their lease on the USDA-inspected MSU owned by the Pierce Conservation District. The PSMPC has leased the unit for several years now, [...]

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How To Cull Your Small Poultry Flock

The following is from the Mississippi State University Extension Service.Small Flock Management of Poultry - Culling HensCulling hens refers to the identification and removal of the non-laying or low producing hens from a laying flock. Unless the birds are diseased, they [...]

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To Shackle or Not To Shackle

One of my concerns that could lead to the demise of the pastured poultry business would come from the lack of cleanliness of the birds that we process on farm. One of the reasons that we produce our own birds is to ensure that we are not getting some fecal contaminated harmful bacteria enriched product.Over the years I've [...]

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2013 Pastured Poultry Feed Trial

Jeff Mattocks with the Fertrell Co passed this on to us last year. Now that 2014 planing time for pastured poultry is here for  we though we would re-publish it.The main purpose of these field trials was to get a figure on exactly how much feed costs per bird and also to monitor the actual feed consumption [...]

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Looking Up!

Winter is a great time of year. Now I know our friends in the south are not agreeing with me after this past week's horrible conditions they experienced. For those of us north of the Mason Dixon Line we have learned to take that kind of weather in stride.What we can learn from the experience [...]

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Not Sure Where To Start

There are just a few basic steps you need to take to set up your poultry processing plant. The size equipment you choose has to do with the volume of poultry you want to process in an hour, day, week or even year. First consider product flow, the process through which the bird travels from live to chilled. You [...]

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