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Mud and Manure Management Resources for Small Farms

Publications and documents demonstrating the art of Mud and Manure Management for the pastures and forage crop. These contain useful information that are important when managing and producing livestock on pasture.

Mar 2018 | Collection

Pig poo probably problematic.

Q: I've been told I shouldn't be using pig poo in my vegetable garden. Is this true? I pen the pigs in an area, let them till it up and mix their poo and hay in, then I move them into a new area and plant the just vacated one with tomato plants, corn, root crops, lettuces, etc. I mulch over the dirt with hay. After the veggies are grown, I wash and cook ...

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Oregon Small Farm News

Oregon Small Farm News is a free online newsletter that concentrates on both commercial small farm entrepreneurs as well as non-commercial small acreage landowners. Our focus embraces organic/biological and conventional farming systems.

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Getting Livestock Farms Ready for Winter

When you find yourself with a few spare moments this autumn, use this article as a guide to think about all the odds-and-ends tasks needed to get your farm and livestock ready for winter. Most of these tasks are much more enjoyable during sunny 60-degree weather than during the snowy, blowy, single-digit- degree days ahead. Fencing Good fences make good neighbors--they keep...

Susan Kerr | Jan 2011 | Article

Sustainable Livestock Production, Part 1

Definitions of sustainable agriculture usually include references to financial, environmental, ethical, social and product quality issues. In addition to those considerations, sustainable livestock production also needs to address animal welfare issues. Keys to sustainable livestock production include extensive preplanning, knowledge of one’s goals, understanding of marketing options and the ...

Susan Kerr | Dec 2009 | Article

Pigs: Home on the Range?

Changing consumer preferences and values are creating opportunities for niche meat producers. One of these opportunities is pasture-based pork production. The purpose of this article is to help potential producers understand the benefits of and concerns about a pasture-based production system so problems can be avoided and success is more likely. Pigs Are Not Ruminants Humans and ...

Susan Kerr | May 2015 | Article