For hens, greatest egg production happens early and quickly. Farmers looking at the bottom line must eventually decide whether to keep nonproducing chickens that eat market profits.
Websites such as craigslist can often lead you to the used farm equipment that you need or want, but it can take diligence, patience and careful searching.
The world is becoming increasingly digital, so if you want to communicate best with farmers-market or CSA customers, these marketing methods are easy to learn as well as cheap—or even free.
I say neither. Experience is crucial, but instructional materials as well as memoirs provide a necessary supplement for those breaking into agriculture.
I love to pasture my pigs, but fencing had been a problem. Then I observed and emulated the solar setup of a “lunatic farmer.” Here’s how it works.
Sow’s milk doesn’t contain enough iron for newborn piglets. Where you raise the piglets determines how you ensure they get what they need.
Mobile processing units are portable setups with equipment to process chickens for meat. The low-cost method lets farmers handle their own poultry harvests.