Best poultry podcasts we could find (Updated September 2018)
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Mike Badger dives into the the production, the processing, the politics, the marketing, and the business of farming pasture-raised poultry. Pastured Poultry Talk is THE podcast where raising chickens, turkeys, and poultry on grass meets real life opportunities, solutions, and farmers. The podcast helps you raise healthy, profitable birds for your family, your community, and your customers.
 
Another interesting book by Clara Dillingham Pierson, this time focusing on the poultry you might have in your farmyard! The chickens, ducks, and turkeys get some new experiences as a new owner comes to the farm, and does some things that seem very odd to them. Learn along with the chickens about the new owner, and also some other things that are worse, like the awful hook worms that some young chickens experienced when they disobeyed their mom. This book is just as interesting as the others ...
 
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Michael Marchand joins the show from the coastal plain of southeast Texas to talk about preparing your pastured poultry farm for the wind, water, and disruption of a hurricane. As we record, Hurricane Florence is days away from landfall in the Carolinas, and the projections are for a lot of water and wind. Mike has seen significant flooding eve ...…
 
Starting broiler flocks on used litter, coupled with effective coccidiosis control and the use of trace minerals, can help minimize necrotic enteritis (NE) in broiler flocks raised without antibiotics, Steve Davis, DVM, told Poultry Health Today. Poultry companies with “no antibiotics ever” (NAE) production schemes often use copper and zinc to ...…
 
With the removal of antibiotics in the hatchery in “no antibiotics ever” (NAE) programs, the bacterium Escherichia coli is becoming more of a problem at many
 
John Smith, DVM, poultry veterinarian for Alectryon in Baldwin, Georgia, shared ideas with Poultry Health Today on two changes in broiler-vaccination strategies in the US poultry industry. Part 1: Taking shortcuts with Marek’s vaccination in the hatchery Some companies with no antibiotics ever (NAE) production have stopped in ovo vaccination fo ...…
 
Coccidiosis can be controlled in broilers without antibiotics as long as producers pay closer attention to hatchery coccidiosis vaccination procedures, brooding and stocking rates, Greg Mathis, PhD, president of Southern Poultry Research, told Poultry Health Today. In “no antibiotics ever” (NAE) production, the keys to successful coccidiosis co ...…
 
Reovirus is mutating every 2 to 3 years, which is making it difficult to protect broilers from the effects of the virus, Don Waldrip, DVM, technical service veterinarian for Zoetis, told Poultry Health Today. Typically, broilers contract the infection from breeders. Reovirus affects broiler growth rate and feed conversion. It can lead to mortal ...…
 
Many farmers listen to podcasts as they do chores, make hay, deliver product, or pick up supplies. Direct-to-consumer farmers have a lot of windshield time, and it makes sense that podcasts continue to fill more of that time as a way to be entertained and informed. But why aren't more farmers podcasting for their customers? That's the question ...…
 
Placing paper under water lines increases water consumption by baby chicks, but only for the first 3 or 4 hours after house placement, research indicates. When day-old chicks placed in a house readily move to drinker lines with paper underneath, it’s thought that paper is the attraction, an assumption tested in a study by Michael Czarick, a pro ...…
 
Alternative products for coccidiosis control remain the focus of research, but so far, the results are inconsistent, Sam Hendrix, DVM, veterinarian and researcher at Colorado Quality Research, told Poultry Health Today. Because coccidia affect both necrotic enteritis and Salmonella, the search is on for interventions that potentially affect all ...…
 
Adding windows to poultry houses is an inexpensive way to improve the environment for broilers and possibly improve productivity, according to Rachel Lynn Dennis, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Maryland. Ultraviolet (UV) light is a part of natural light, which birds use for social cues and for feeding. However, most traditional h ...…
 
Footpad dermatitis is more likely to be a problem among broilers grown to an older age, but it can be remedied if producers intervene in time, Tom Tabler, PhD, professor with Mississippi State University Extension, told Poultry Health Today. The major contributor to footpad dermatitis is wet litter, he said. Many companies are growing chickens ...…
 
Episode 72 takes on the soy-free poultry feed for your chickens, ducks, and turkeys. Up to this point, if you’ve fed soy-free feeds to your chickens, then you’ve likely experienced slower growth, more expensive feed, and improperly feathered birds, just to name a few problems. Jeff Mattocks from The Fertrell Company joins the show to discuss th ...…
 
Inadequate coccidiosis protection in pullets can lead to health issues ranging from uneven weight gain to mortality. Recent trials show an improvement in protection when a coccidiostat is used in combination with coccidiosis vaccine, according to Tak Niino, VMD, Zoetis. “Vaccination is by far the most common method for controlling coccidiosis i ...…
 
In Episode 71, learn how to grill chicken barbecue that's flavorful and moist. Email questions to mike@pasturedpoultrytalk.com. As this episode drops, the United States will be in full-on summer picnic mode with the fourth of July. It’s a perfect place to showcase pasture-raised chicken. In a bad cook’s grill, however, it’s a great opportunity ...…
 
Episode 70. Beginning pastured poultry farmers have a common question: "What are the margins in raising pastured poultry?" In other words, "will it work?" The margins in your pasture-raised broiler business is what's left over after you pay for expenses. The margin is the profit that goes back into the business. Mike Badger answers that listene ...…
 
Ready-to-lay pullets, sometimes called point-of-lay, are one of the pastured egg farmers best competitive advantages, but it's not all upside. This episode discusses the advantages, disadvantages, and opportunities for farmers to save money on replacement pullet costs. It also calls out an unmet demand in the pastured layer community for a dive ...…
 
[caption id="attachment_1113" align="alignright" width="300"] Plucked chickens ready to be examined along with healthy hearts, liver, and gizzard.[/caption] Episode 68, I help you identify poultry production problems from your gutting table. When your chickens are laying on your table naked and unafraid, they hold no secrets. It's the perfect t ...…
 
[caption id="attachment_1076" align="alignright" width="300"] Mike Badger shows you how to check for the perfect scald on a chicken during on-farm processing.[/caption] In this episode, Mike Badger goes beyond the talking points and gives yous some practical advice on how to scald chickens, turkeys, ducks, and really, anything you find in your ...…
 
In an episode of The Fighting Farmer, Spence mentioned that one of his processing customers is a book keeper and tax preparer. Then Chad Ward popped up and answered a tax question in the Pastured poultry Talk Facebook group. So I decided to catch up with Chad, who is a pastured poultry farmer from Oklahoma who also happens to prepare taxes and ...…
 
On-farm chicken and turkey processing holds a special place in my heart. It paid the mortgage. It introduced us to great people with great farms. It created speaking opportunities. Perhaps, most importantly, on-farm chicken butchering has been demystified and I think it's one of the keys to unlocking a self sufficient life. In this episode, I s ...…
 
In this episode of The Fighting Farmer: Debriefing the APPPA Professional Pastured Poultry Producers Conference. It'll either be a smashing hit or a spectactular failure. Trading chicken processing for tax services. Across the Creek Farm has Farm Manager opening. Listener John asked a question about changing his feed ration and supplier. A swit ...…
 
Certified organic is a systems based certification; it doesn't actually certify the product through testing. As a producer, the current system bugs me because consumers are paying for something they think is different and often times, the only difference is feed. Even that difference can be questionable and uncertain. The real question for cons ...…
 
Customers who want poultry raised differently need to shop harder to ensure they get that difference. In December 2017, the Trump administration nixed the proposed final rule of the organic livestock and poultry practices regulations that were supposed to improve animal welfare. Instead, we're left with more of the same. Mike discusses the impa ...…
 
It's a winter wrap-up at Across the Creek Farm: The meat duck and broiler production has finished for the winter season. We reflect on the profitability of the meat ducks on pasture. It's time to think about replacing your laying flocks with ready to lay pullets in the spring. Contact Across the Creek Farm for details. Propane heaters are more ...…
 
Matt Brechwald publishes the Off Farm Income podcast and farms in Kuna, Idaho. Like many people, Matt had a "good job" with good pay, good benefits, time off, and reliability. And like many people he was not satisfied. Before he knew it, he spent 15 years as a police officer, and his dream of farming was nowhere in sight. That's when he took ac ...…
 
When people look into a farmer's world, it often looks like a fairy tale life, and in many respects, that's true. In this episode of The Fighting Farmer podcast, we cover some of the things that challenge the wonderful life. Topics in this show: Pushing the production season, and it’s getting cold in the holler. The Ozark Natural Foods market i ...…
 
Joel Salatin joins the show and we use his recent book Your Successful Farm Business (Amazon) as the back drop to the conversation. High points of the discussion: Your Successful Farm Business dives into the people, the marketing, the time and motion studies, and the nitty gritty about how to think like a business person. Marketing is morphing ...…
 
Update from the farm: The Christmas ducks are out on pasture in the unseasonably warm fall weather and doing well. A buyer from a cooking school visits the farm. Across the Creek Farm supplies this school already, and the buyer said they needed to source conventional chicken so that the students would have a realistic experience when they go in ...…
 
Tim Young of Small Farm Nation joins the show to discuss business, marketing, and farming. Tim is one of those guys who left a successful corporate career to farm full time. After successfully building that business, he's made yet another transition that more closely reflected his family's life goals. Today, he's a homestead food producer who t ...…
 
On The Fighting Farmer, Spence goes into mouth watering detail about what makes pasture-raised duck different and provides some helpful tips on cooking it up. Sorghum glazed duck and duck fat roasted potatoes, anyone? The processing facility has been a hub of community, providing connections to growers, chefs, and neighbors. Just before the Tha ...…
 
Terrell Spencer (we just call him Spence) joins the Pastured Poultry Talk network to chat about farm life. Spence is a full-time pastured poultry farmer at Across the Creek Farm near Fayetteville, Arkansas. The “Fighting Farmer”is rooted in the fact that Spence is a veteran of the Army, and farming often seems like a fight. Perseverance is key. ...…
 
Today, I bring you the audio portion of APPPA's "Pastured Poultry: Better Way Forward" video and then I talk with one of the video's main characters, David Hale of Windy Meadows Farm. The video differentiates pastured poultry from all the other options and explains what it is. David and I talk through these ideas, as they related to the video: ...…
 
In this show, I take some momentum from episode 58 and talk about prospecting for new customers using email cold calls and email marketing services. There's a quick technology detour as I introduce Mozilla Thunderbird, which is how I do all my day-to-day email activities, including prospecting. Email prospecting is how I start out almost every ...…
 
Farmer, marketer, and author Charlotte Smith joins the podcast to talk about relationship marketing, or as she puts it, farm marketing from the heart. The farm's signature product is raw milk with diversified offerings of eggs, chicken, and turkey. The inspiration for Charlotte's 3 Cow Marketing service came from the realization that she sold o ...…
 
Dr. Michael Rothrock of USDA joins the show to discuss bacteria on pastured poultry. He overviews his research into the common food safety bacteria: campylobacter, salmonella, listeria, and E. Coli. He's not trying to figure out how pastured poultry compares to conventional poultry production. Rather, he's trying to figure out how "well" each i ...…
 
Today, Dave shares a new 300 broiler design that scales up the typical small-batch design of the Salatin shelters, but falls short of the size found in large scale mobile housing, such as the Mobile Range Coop. I’'s a great middle ground design for those of one small pastures, including silvopastures. And thanks to Irma, we know these shelter d ...…
 
On this episode, I’m joined by Dave and Ginger Shields of Pastured Life Farm in O’brien, Florida. Dave and Ginger started their life as urbanites in Jacksonville, but it was their preschool aged son that made them leave the city and the suburbs in search of a life more connected to their food. Their intention was to homestead and they did that ...…
 
Paul Greive from Pasturebird joins the show. Paul is a partner in a southern California farm that started just five years ago from 50 chicks. And they're rising quickly. A $2000 investment among 4 guys started as an experiment. There came a point when the farm venture didn't have enough cash to buy zip ties. With those early years behind them, ...…
 
Nick Stolberg is just beginning his career as a pastured poultry farmer in Cap Haitian, Haiti where he’s using pastured poultry to feed people and create jobs. Raising pastured poultry is the latest stop on his long-term mission, and I use his Haitian experience to reflect on our opportunities and challenges to the pastured poultry model in the ...…
 
Show updates and a Mike's personal story of how pastured poultry was the change agent in his life; it's the thing that facilitated an independent lifestyle. He also forecasts the next month's scheudule of guests, as well as drops hints of several big projects that will soon be released. Links of stuff mentioned in the show: Discuss Pastured Pou ...…
 
Pat breeds Black Australorps in the Asheville, NC area. Her birds are becoming well known for their high lay rate of 80%+. The choice to use heritage birds is riddled with challenges, but there's also unmet opportunities. Breeders like Pat lay the foundation to meet those opportunities with strong management, breeding, and genetics. Her emphasi ...…
 
Grady Phelan, Farm Manager at Cobb Creek, joins the podcast as an interview. Cobb Creek raises broilers on pasture in 600 bird batches and process in their own-farm Texas state inspected slaughter plant. Grady shares the highs and lows of the last ten years of his pastured poultry farming career in this interview. Contact Grady: cobbcreekfarm.c ...…
 
Caroline Owens discusses her book, Time Management Tips for Farmers. Buy the book. Caroline and family raise sheep, Tamworth pigs, pasture-raised broilers, turkeys, and honeybees on their Sunbury, Pennsylvania farm. In this episode Caroline shares the themes she discovered while interviewing successful farmers about their time management. For m ...…
 
In this episode, I profile Rhode Island pastured poultry farmer Pat McNiff of Pat's Pastured. At the time of this interview, Pat raised 11,000 broilers, 600 turkeys, 1,800 laying hens, 250 laying ducks, 150 meat ducks, and 50 quail, in addition to hogs and beef. We cover a lot of ground about Pat's successes, setbacks, and vision. Some favorite ...…
 
Simon Huntley, founder of Small Farms Central and author of Cultivating Customers: A Farmers Guide to Online Marketing joins the podcast to talk about online marketing. Buy Cultivating Customers (and support this podcast with the commission Amazon pays). Discover these marketing gems and more: "It may be tempting to think everyone is your custo ...…
 
In early December 2016, I will join the Global Poultry Initiative on a mission trip to Cameroon as an instructor in the five day Institute of Sustainable Poultry. Jim joins the show for his second appearance (third podcast) to discuss what GPI is and how it equips indigenous farmers using sustainable poultry. Listen to Jim discuss heritage poul ...…
 
I'm reloading the podcast, and more information will come out about that. For now, take advantage of these training opportunities: Raising Pastured Poultry for Food and Profit Workshop in Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, California, Oregon, Idaho, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. September 12 - 23, 2016. Large Scale Pastured Poultry Workshop in Asheville, NC. ...…
 
A quick hitting technical episode on the nutritional qualities of using black soldier fly larvae as poultry feed. In this show, we talk about the differences between dry matter and as-fed nutritional values. With respect to poultry, we cover the soldier fly values of protein, lysine, ash, phosphorus, and calcium. Resources Ask APPPA Q&A on the ...…
 
We continue the mini-series with poultry nutritionist Jeff Mattocks of The Fertrell Company. This will be part 2 of our 3 part technical road series that we recorded on our way to Arkansas. That explains the road hum that I couldn't get out, but everything is clear. In this episode, we talk about molting; The natural purpose of molting. How pas ...…
 
Think all chicken feather picking and "cannibalism" is attributed to poor feed? Think again. Poultry nutritionist Jeff Mattocks of The Fertrell Company walks us through four main reasons that poultry peck their flock mates. And feed is only one of the issues. So jump in the truck and join us we talk about feather pecking while driving down the ...…
 
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