Small-scale or transitioning farmers across six counties in Northern New York participated in a local demonstration and adaptation of pastured poultry production practices using proven, consistent standards for operating procedures and when practical, practiced cooperative purchasing of key inputs used on their farms; Creating a supply of high quality poultry for existing local, rapidly-expanding markets. Four identical, proven production units for 250 birds were distributed across six counties and became the on-going centers for farmer-to-farmer learning and exchange as Cornish-Cross breeds (Freedom Ranger used once) were raised at each location. As birds were moved through the 6 to 12-week production cycle (depending on breed, conditions, and markets) farmers monitored their systems and provided hands-on input throughout. Methods for tracking inputs and marketing options custom-developed for each participant were emphasized. Once the production cycle was complete, birds were processed by the local USDA or NYS 5A or on-farm poultry slaughter facility, and marketed locally where appropriate. The complete system was relocated to another host farm and the process was repeated over the duration of the growing season.
Number of Participants: 85
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