Category Archives: Livestock

Rules for Antimicrobial Drug Use in Food Animals

On October 1, 2015, United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules changed for the use of certain antimicrobial drugs (antibiotics) commonly used in livestock production. Craig Lewis, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Veterinary Medical Officer, Office of the Center Director Center for … Continue reading

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Boost sales at fall farmers markets

As days grow shorter and nights grow cooler (maybe), many growers see their largest harvests of the year. Be sure to sell that bountiful harvest at its freshest. UVM Extension’s Mary Peabody, Director of the Women’s Agricultural Network and UVM … Continue reading

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Increase soil fertility by adding chickens in field rotations

Building soil fertility and organic matter is a standard practice in organic agriculture. Organic farmers count on healthy soils to increase crop yields and crop quality as well as their farm’s long-term sustainability. Farmers build soil fertility by feeding soil organisms, … Continue reading

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Legal concerns around farm workers & employees

Workers and Employees Farming is hard work. Many farmers seek help from a blend of volunteers (CSA work shares – trading food for labor), compensated volunteers (trading food and/or housing for labor) and paid employees. Farmers seek happy and productive … Continue reading

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Energy conservation opportunities in broiler & breeder poultry operations

Poultry operators may increase their profitability by lowering their energy expenses. Dennis Brothers, Extension poultry housing specialist with the National Poultry Technology Center (NPTC) of Auburn University, led a webinar on this topic called “Poultry Operations: Broiler and Breeder Energy Conservation … Continue reading

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Beginning farmer training for military veterans

Military veterans prefer hands-on learning with people they trust. Veterans want to “do” rather than listen to lectures. Successful educators build relationships with veterans and create Beginning Farmer training techniques that address veterans’ unique learning style. Effective educators offer training … Continue reading

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Bittersweet Farm raises heritage pigs

Brian Bennett of Bittersweet Farm has been living with pigs for over 30 years. Each year, he raises 10-12 liters of certified organic pigs with 6-8 piglets per liter. The pigs live as families outdoors not packed together in huge … Continue reading

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