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Title:
Pastured poultry profits
Author:
Salatin, Joel.
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Publication Information:
Swoope, Va. : Polyface, 1999.

©1993
Physical Description:
viii, 371 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780963810908
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

A couple working six months per year for 50 hours per week on 20 acres can net $25,000-$30,000 per year with an investment equivalent to the price of one new medium-sized tractor. Seldom has agriculture held out such a plum. In a day when main-line farm experts predict the continued demise of the family farm, the pastured poultry opportunity shines like a beacon in the night, guiding the way to a brighter future.


Author Notes

Joel Salatin is a fourth-generation farmer and co-founder of Polyface Farm, Inc., a farm whose mission is "to develop emotionally, economically, and environmentally enhancing agricultural enterprises, and facilitate their duplication throughout the world." He is the author of $alad Bar Beef, You Can Farm, Pastured Poultry Profit$, all available from Chelsea Green.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. iv
Introductionp. vi
About Polyface Farmp. viii
Why Pastured Poultry?
1 The Pastured Poultry Opportunityp. 2
2 What is Wrong With the Poultry Industry?p. 7
3 Fat Animals, Fat Peoplep. 13
4 Family Backgroundp. 18
In the Beginning
5 Getting Startedp. 25
6 Choosing a Breedp. 31
7 The Brooderp. 35
8 Starting the Chicksp. 44
9 Rationp. 51
Out to Pasture
10 The Penp. 63
11 Moving the Chicks Out to Pasturep. 73
12 Pasture Logisticsp. 78
13 What Kind of Pasture?p. 92
Processing
14 On-Farm Slaughter: The Advantagesp. 99
15 Slaughter Mechanicsp. 108
16 Composting Slaughter Wastesp. 132
17 Inspectionp. 136
Problems (It's Not All Roses)
18 The Learning Curvep. 144
19 Sickness and Diseasep. 153
20 Predatorsp. 161
21 Weatherp. 173
22 Stressp. 180
23 Troubleshooting Poor Performancep. 185
24 Shortcutsp. 190
25 Seasonalityp. 196
26 Solving Your Own Problemsp. 204
Marketing
27 Marketingp. 212
28 Relationship Marketingp. 220
29 Advertisingp. 230
30 Liabilityp. 235
31 Is It Organic?p. 239
Possibilities
32 Visionp. 250
33 Laying Hens: Three Optionsp. 256
34 Turkeysp. 270
35 Exoticsp. 274
Appendices
Appendix A Resourcesp. 278
Appendix B Newslettersp. 282
What is the Difference?p. 311
Addendum for 1996 Reprintingp. 315
Addendum for 1999 Reprintingp. 319
What About Eggs?p. 325
Hoophousesp. 339
Turkeysp. 347
Indexp. 356