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Posted 7/7/2014 8:31pm by Mike Badger.

Join the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) and Jonathan Coulimore for an intensive learning workshop on pastured turkey production in Vancouver, Washington. Recent research shows that turkey consumption is a growing segment of the specialty poultry industry totalling $7.1 billion in 2012.

When: September 20, 2014
Where: Vancouver, Washington

Topics will include:

  • An overview of pastured turkey production.
  • Hands-on turkey processing lead by Jonathan Coulimore. Attendees will have the opportunity to gain hands-on processing experience from slaughter to evisceration to chilling.  
  • Jeff Mattocks will lead a pastured poultry health and nutrition presentation to help producers maximize the health of their turkeys and their profits. 
  • Questions and answers.


Eventbrite - Pastured Turkey Production in Washington

Posted 4/27/2014 8:10pm by Mike Badger.

This intensive learning opportunity will wrap-up part one of a feeding trial that will compare genetically modified (GM) feed versus non-genetically modified feed among a pastured broiler operation. The trial will consists of three groups; pastured broilers that eat GM feed, pastured broilers that eat non-GM feed, and confined broilers that eath GM feed.

The workshop will review the trial, record observations from processing, and collect samples for further laboratory analysis. If you're wondering about the effects, if any, of GM feed on your pastured poultry, then you'll want to be part of this day.

Workshop agenda is as follows and is subject to slight revisions:

  • What's the risk of gmo feed for poultry? by Susan Beal
  • Hands-on processing by Eli Reiff and the Badgers
  • Post-mortem inspection by Susan Beal
  • Mixing your own feed on farm by Eli Reiff and Jeff Mattocks
  • Broiler health and nutrition by Jeff Mattocks

The day will include a complimentary lunch and a pasture walk.


Eventbrite - Pastured Poutry Production and GMO Feeding Trial

Posted 4/3/2014 7:22am by Mike Badger.

Terrell (Spence) Spencer at Across the Creek Farm is hosting this workshop for the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) on May 31, 2014 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Across the Creek Farm is a Non-GMO Pastured Poultry Farm in northwestern Arkansas. The Spencer family raise a whole lot of chickens for commercial and direct sales for both local and national sales.

Topics for this intensive pastutred poultry learning day include:

  • Meatbird Production Overview - Spence and Cody Hopkins, Falling Sky Farm
  • Health & Nutrition & Feed - Jeff Mattocks, The Fertrell Company
  • Commercial Egg Production - Jeff Mattocks, The Fertrell Company
  • Restaurant and Commercial Sales Discussion- Local Chefs, Meat buyers, & Spence & Cody
  • Farm Tour

The workshop will be held on the Spencer's leased farm in Fayetteville, AR. The address and directions will be provided to registrants. Lunch is included with the registration fee. Registrants are responsiblie for all their own travel and lodging. The registration fees cover the event attendance only.


Eventbrite - Pastured Poultry Workshop

Posted 1/8/2014 10:07am by Mike Badger.

In 2013, we discovered the average price of a dozen eggs sold at the farm was $4.59 per dozen and the wholesale price was $3.71 per dozen. Approximately 22% of the respondents had a flock size between 51 and 100.

What will 2014 bring? That's where we need your input. These pricing surveys help us understand nationwide trends for pastured poultry products. There's no other survey like this, and for producers, it's highly sought after information.

In-depth results of this survey will be published in the May 2014 issue of the APPPA Grit. It will be published for non-members after that point.

Complete the following survey and click Done to submit the results. Don't forget to take the Broiler survey.

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Posted 1/8/2014 9:47am by Mike Badger.

How do your broiler prices stack up to the pastured poultry industry as a whole? APPPA will once again be surveying pastured poultry producers across the country and compiling the results. In 2013, we learned that the average broiler cost was $3.99/lb for on-farm sales. Wholesale price was $3.57/lb. Boneless/Skinless breasts retailed for approximately 2.5 times that of the whole bird cost. Approximately 22% of the respondents indicated they raised between 500 and 1000 broilers in one year.

What will we learn in 2014? That depends on you. Take a minute to complete the following survey. APPPA members will receive the results in the May newsletter. Non-members will receive results after that.

Fill in the survey below and click Done to submit the results. We have an egg survey, too. Thank you!

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Posted 1/2/2014 12:08pm by Mike Badger.

When: February 6, 2014

Where: Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) Farming for the Future Conference in State College, Pennsylvania

More Information: or (814) 349-9856

Poultry production offers a viable option for farmers, either as a sole enterprise, but more often as part of their diversified farm. The size and scope of production can vary greatly, as can the season in which the poultry is raised on each farm.

Join this varied group of experienced poultry producers for a day in which they share their knowledge and experience in raising classes of poultry other than broilers and laying hens. These grass-based, pastured livestock (both feathered and hooved) farmers have diversified their successful farm operations through raising turkeys (both heritage and commercial), ducks, geese and guinea hens.

This day is geared for the experienced poultry producer who is interested in acquiring the knowledge needed for diversification to include turkeys, guineas and waterfowl.

APPPA Presenters: Greg Gunthorp, Gunthorp Family Farm; Jeff Mattocks, The Fertrell Company; Tom Wadson, Wadson’s Farm; Will Harris, White Oak Pastures; Val Vetter, Deb Aaron, Piney Woods Ranch.

Topics include:

  • Raising Ducks, Guineas & Turkeys
  • Nutritional & Health Needs & Considerations for Waterfowl, Turkeys & Guineas
  • The Future of Diversified Poultry

See you in State College.


Posted 1/2/2014 12:01pm by Mike Badger.

The winter conference season is upon us. APPPA will be exhibiting at the following conferences. Stop by and see us.

Future Harvest CASA in College Park, MD on January 17-18, 2014.

PASA Farming for the Future Conference in State College, PA on February 6-8, 2014. Annual meeting will be held on February 6 at 5pm following the Diversified Poultry Workshop.

MOSES Organic Farming Conference on February 27-Mar 1, 2014

Polyface on July 19.

Posted 11/27/2013 10:25am by Mike Badger.

In 2013, APPPA conducted price surveys for pasture raised meat chicken and eggs. The following table shows an abridged version of the results. A more complete view of the results, including value-added pricing was published for APPPA members. The complete pricing results are available in Grit Arcives in the Producer Plus section of the APPPA website. Producer Plus membership is required.

Pasture-raised chicken prices by market:

Market Avg. Industry Price/lb. Certified Organic Price/lb.
On-Farm Sales $3.99 $4.10
Farmers Market $4.25 $4.50
Restaurants $3.88 $4.19
Grocery $3.56 $4.08
Wholesale $3.57 $4.00
Co-Ops $3.86 $4.63
CSA $4.04 $4.33

Pasture-raised egg prices by market:

Market Avg. Per Doz. Certified Organic
Farm Market $4.59 $5.40
On-Farm Sales $4.04 $4.60
Grocery $3.91 $4.45
CSA $3.90 $5.50
Restaurant $3.75 $4.25
Wholesale $3.17 $4.55
Co-ops $3.91 N/A
Posted 7/9/2013 3:37pm by Mike Badger.
Please join us for the next Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network webinar: "Innovations in Wastewater Management for Small Meat Processors." 
Finding an affordable and legal way to manage wastewater can be very challenging for small meat and poultry processors.
We'll hear from Greg Gunthorp of Brushy Prairie Packing/Gunthorp Farms (and APPPA Treasurer) , in Indiana, about his constructed wetlands system, as an economic way to deal with wastewater in a rural area. Greg will discuss how not only how the system works but how he worked with local regulators through the permitting process. An official from the county will give the regulatory perspective.
DATE: Tuesday, July 23
TIME: 1pm Eastern (noon Central, 11am Mtn, 10am Pacific), for one hour
Posted 6/7/2013 9:32pm by Mike Badger.

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