Best poultry podcasts we could find (Updated June 2018)
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Hosted by Mike Badger, Pastured Poultry Talk inspires producers to build better businesses, solve problems, and integrate new ideas by talking to farmers, entrepreneurs, and community professionals about their journey, their work, their passions, and their chickens.
 
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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From the editors of MEAT+POULTRY, the Processors Podcast is your online portal to hear from experts in the industry about the latest news, trends, technologies and people in the world of meat and poultry processing.
 
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The US poultry industry is reporting more problems with virulent Mycoplasma synoviae (MS), Naola Ferguson, DVM, associate professor at the University of Georgia, told Poultry Health Today. MS causes upper-respiratory disease, leg problems, liver problems, pneumonia and eggshell-quality issues. It can spread faster, is more persistent and is mor ...…
 
While the poultry and livestock sectors have drawn the ire of consumer and medical groups for the growth of antimicrobial resistance, it is wrong to “partition blame,” Randy Singer, DVM, PhD, University of Minnesota, told Poultry Health Today. Instead, a united effort to change the way antibiotics are used in animal and human medicine is key to ...…
 
Vaccination of broilers against Salmonella can help poultry producers reduce the pathogen’s prevalence at processing and may also benefit bird performance, Kalen Cookson, DVM, director of clinical research, Zoetis, told Poultry Health Today.
 
Properly vaccinated commercial broilers are protected from an infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) challenge despite exposure to moderate ammonia levels, according to a study that surprised researchers. Ammonia remains a persistent problem for the broiler industry because higher levels coincide with an increase in airsacculitis and condemnations, ...…
 
Contaminated chicken feathers and feet may be the primary vectors for transmitting Salmonella from poultry houses to processing plants, according to Martha Pulido, DVM, PhD, Mississippi State University. In a research study, Pulido collected environmental samples from five different farms as well as testing spleens and livers from the birds. Th ...…
 
Turkeys are suffering from coccidiosis due to a lack of available medications, according to Greg Mathis, PhD, Southern Poultry Research, Athens, Georgia. Currently there are only five FDA-approved anticoccidials, and two of these are ionophores that can’t be used in flocks raised without antibiotics, he told Poultry Health Today. He said, while ...…
 
A long-awaited report on US poultry antibiotic usage and trends for 2016 is expected to be released by Rennier Associates, Inc., in late March. Industry trendwatcher and analyst Greg Rennier, PhD, recently sat down with Poultry Health Today to share his thoughts on antibiotic-free production and where the poultry industry is heading in 2017 and ...…
 
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 ...…
 
Not vaccinating broiler breeders for chicken anemia virus (CAV) because ELISA results show detectable antibodies could be asking for trouble, says Guillermo Zavala, DVM, PhD, Avian Health International, LLC. In these situations, he explains, poultry companies wrongly assume birds are protected and there is no need to invest in CAV vaccines, whi ...…
 
Most broiler producers know the economic impact of necrotic enteritis caused by Clostridium perfringens, particularly in birds raised without antibiotics. Now researchers in Canada are concerned that if left unchecked, the bacterium in broilers could become a more prevalent cause of food-borne illness in people, Marie-Lou Gaucher, DVM, MSc, PhD ...…
 
Woody breast is a relatively new disease that adversely affects meat quality during processing, but poultry scientists still don’t understand its underlying causes, said Luke Borst, DVM, PhD, a veterinary anatomic pathologist at North Carolina State University. There may be some genetic and management factors at work — the size of the birds and ...…
 
The North American Meat Institute's Janet Riley discusses the inspiration behind beef's answer to sushi.
 
[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 ...…
 
I'm joined by Jeff Mattocks and several APPPA Producer Plus members for a Q&A session on mixing feed on-farm as an alternative to purchasing feed from a mill. It's a common desire to mix feed on-farm, but it's a process that prompts many questions. Jeff is a poultry nutritionist with The Fertrell Company and author of the must have book Pasture ...…
 
[caption id="attachment_295" align="alignright" width="300"] Inside of hoop house at Whitehurst Farms.[/caption] Talk about this episode on Facebook. Mike Marchand of Whitehurst Farms joins the show to talk about his rapidly growing career as a pastured poultry farmer in the Houston, Texas area. He sold his successful non-farming business and s ...…
 
Spence dawns his meat cape of awesomeness for another episode. This time I talk to him about bootstrapping. Some highlights: What are some of the challenges in Bootstrapping a Pastured poultry farm? What would do if you were smart? Are you playing with house money? Don't be afraid to work for a porkchop. What's the biggest obstacle to overcome ...…
 
It's never too early or late to think about turkeys. In this episode, Mike starts off talking to Spence about current farm events, which steers the conversation to turkey breeding. Mike has been setting up his Beltsvile Small White breeding program. And no discussion about turkeys is complete without a chat about blackhead. Spence authored a gr ...…
 
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