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APPPA happenings and pastured poultry discussion.
Posted 6/3/2013 11:03am by Mike Badger.

Join APPPA, Fertrell, and Walpole Valley Farms for a full day of intensive pastured poultry learning workshop. Topic will include hands-on processing, pen design, pasture management, brooding, and nutrition.

Current APPPA members save on registration! To learn more, click here.

Posted 4/22/2013 7:37pm by Mike Badger.

APPPA is coming to the Pacific Northwest. Join us for a day of hands-on processing and in-depth pastured poultry discussions at Jonathan Coulimore's farm in Vancouver, Washington. Other topics will include a discussion on health and nutrition from Jeff Mattocks.

Other presenters include Eli Reiff and Jennie Watkins.

Posted 4/2/2013 7:00am by Mike Badger.

You are invited to join PASA, Fertrell & APPPA at the farm at the lovely Glasbern Inn for a day of intensive learning of all things pastured poultry. This limited registration workshop is for those with previous experience raising broilers and will cover:

  •     Improving poultry management
  •     Understanding nutritional requirements of poultry
  •     Common illness and natural treatments
  •     How to effectively use alternative feed grains

Registration limited to 40 to facilitate focused learning.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at:

Glasbern Inn
2141 Packhouse Rd
Fogelsville, PA 18051

Jeff Mattocks, Fertrell Nutritionist and APPPA board member, will present in the workshop.

APPPA members and PASA members can attend this workshop for $20. If you are neither an APPPA member nor a PASA member, the registration cost is $35.

These spots are filling up fast. Register soon.

See you there.


Posted 1/20/2013 7:41am by Mike Badger.
Everywhere we go, people want to know—”how much should I sell my eggs for? What price should I charge per pound for my broilers?”
Pricing your products can definitely be a challenge, and requires that you know what it takes to raise a broiler or produce a dozen eggs. We cover those topics often in the APPPA Grit and on the APPPAPlus Yahoo! Group (for Producer Plus members). Still, it's nice to have an understanding of the pastured egg and broiler prices and how things like feed, breed, and market affect those prices.

Anyone who raises poultry is free to participate in this survey, regardless of APPPA membership. Don't forget to share your email address on the survey so you can receive updates about the survey when it's published.

Take two minutes and complete both surveys now.

Posted 1/19/2013 9:46am by Mike Badger.

I got this in the APPPA email recently. Looks like a good program. 

An upcoming webinar, “Pastured Poultry Production and Profitability,” will cover the basics of pastured poultry production as well as common advantages and pitfalls of getting started in the business and keys to keeping operations profitable.

The February 7 webinar is being offered by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Montana Mission Mountain Food and Cooperative Development Center, and Salish Kootenai College as part of the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) education and community outreach program.

NCAT Sustainable Poultry Specialist Terrell “Spence” Spencer will be the webinar presenter.

While this webinar will kick off this Montana-based project, it is open to anyone interested in pastured poultry production. The webinar will provide a financial analysis of this type of farming based on the records and experience of a medium-size pastured poultry farm. It also will also announce a Montana-based pastured poultry production and marketing workshop series set to begin in March.

The free, hour long webinar will begin at 11 a.m. MST on February 7.

To register: Go to

About the presenter: Terrell “Spence” Spencer is a Sustainable Poultry Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) in Fayetteville, AR. Spence owns and operates a pastured poultry farm, Across the Creek Farm, in West Fork, AR. The farm raises thousands of pastured poultry each year, producing several hundred birds per week during the growing season from March to December. Spence is heavily involved with NCAT’s work with veterans, especially across the South, and runs an intern program for veterans on his farm.

Posted 11/25/2012 8:38am by APPPA.

Kristen Gibson, Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas, asked APPPA to disbtribute a survey which collects information regarding production and processing costs. They're investigating the feasbility and cost-effectiveness of using mobile processing units (MPUs). 

The project is sponsored by the Southern Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education Program. They'd appreciate your input.

Posted 7/27/2012 8:46pm by APPPA.

APPPA memberships are $40 per year for a Basic Producer membership and $60 per year for a Producer Plus membership. We're now offering multi-year memberships at a discounted rate. A two year Basic Producer membership will be $70, and a two year Producer Plus membership will be $105. The main difference between the memberships is the Producer Plus level includes access to the online archives and forum.

Compare the memberships here.