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Grass-Fed Beef:

Presented by Terry Gompert, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educator in Knox County. Terry has focused his programming on grass-based agriculture and grazing for the past several years. The fatter the animal the better is tastes; the higher it yields; takes greater forage for the final stage of finishing and more. Watch the entire webinar at the link below

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Mob Grazing:

"Mob Grazing" presented by Terry Gompert, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educator in Knox County. Terry has focused his programming on grass-based agriculture and grazing for the past several years. Terry will share his insights into the principles of Mob Grazing and the impact it has on pastures, soil and livestock. These are archived webinars.

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A Gentler Way - Sows on Pasture: Reports from Sustainable Farmers from Minnesota and Iowa

This is a collection of farm profiles from Minnesota and Iowa. Compiled by Dwight Ault, who farms near Austin, Minn., this booklet presents information and perspectives from a variety of pasture hog operations. Mark Honeyman, director of outlying experiment farms at Iowa State University, explains in this book that pasture farrowing can be a competitive alternative to confinement facilities. Copies of the book are available for $4 from Dwight Ault, RR1, Box 230, Austin, MN 55912.

A Conservation Breeding Handbook

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy's book describes livestock and poultry breeds as genetic resources and explains how individual breeders can aid in their conservation. Although the handbook was written primarily for people interested in rare breeds, it addresses subjects of interest to all animal breeders. Among these are developing a philosophy; a comparison of conservation and improvement breeding; and the uses of breeding systems, such as inbreeding, linebreeding and crossbreeding. To order, contact the ALBC, PO Box 477, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or phone 919-542-5704. 

From the Carcass to the Kitchen: Competition and the Wholesale Meat Market

This offers a hard-hitting look at the components of meat marketing and what they mean for farmers. To request this publication, contact the Center for Rural Affairs at

Udder $ense: A Search for Low-Cost/Sustainable Strategies of Resourceful Dairy Farmers

This book by Larry Krcil and Shawn Gralla is available from the Center for Rural Affairs. Udder $ense is a collection of farmer interviews and on-farm research results that explore low-cost, sustainable dairy farming alternatives. Sections on grass-based dairying, manure management, low-cost facilities, alternatives for fly control, and renewable energy are included. The results of experiments with walk-through horn fly traps for pastured dairy cows are reported as well. A comprehensive list of resources is provided at the end of each section. Contact the Center at 

Quality Pasture: How to Create It, Manage It, and Profit From It

Today, North American milk costs six times as much to produce as New Zealand milk. Grain-finished North American beef costs three times as much as grass-finished beef from Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. Can North American beef and dairy producers compete internationally with a production cost triple that of the world? Allan Nation unmasks the myth of cheap grain in this book. Backing his argument with facts, figures and examples of successful producers, Nation details how one pound of dry matter from quality pasture can replace one pound of dry matter from grain at one-fourth to one-fifth the cost. Distributed through the Stockman Grass Farmer magazine, PO Box 9607, Jackson, MS 39286-9607. Call 1-800-748-9808 for orders and information.

Corporate Hog Operations Videos

Throughout the Midwest, Plains states and the South, intensive corporate hog operations are being planned or constructed despite opposition from local community members. Churches are affected by corporate hog production and may be one of the few organizations in small towns that can assist community members in reflection, education and organizing on such issues. In order for pastors and church workers to address these issues, it is imperative that they understand the industry, its effects on their communities, and ways of translating faith teachings on this issue into community action.

The Church Land Project has a series of four videotapes addressing anti-corporate hog farming: Part 1: Changes in Hog Production and the Effects on Rural Communities Part 2: Addressing Large-Scale Hog Production at the Grassroots Level Part 3: Theology of Large-Scale Hog Production Part 4: Roles of the Rural Church as a Mediator and Advocate. To order, please contact: Church Land Project, 4625 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310; phone: (515) 270-2634; fax: (515) 270-9447. 

Making Money on Hogs

Sustainable hog production on a diversified farm can be profitable and good for the environment. An Agriculture that Makes Sense: Making Money on Hogs describes the 50-sow hog enterprise of one Minnesota crop and livestock operation.  By minimizing production costs and focusing on increasing profits, the farm described in this study is able to produce hogs about 12-15 cents per pound lower than the industry standard. Order from the Land Stewardship Project, 2200 4th St., White Bear Lake, MN  55110.

American Pastured Poultry Producers Association

Pastured poultry producers will be excited to learn of the organization of the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA). For more information: 715-723-2293; or

Fit for a Pig

Describes low-cost, low-investment, sustainable strategies for raising hog . Contact Center for Rural Affairs at 

A Beginner�s Guide to Silvopasturing

Silvopasturing is the deliberate and managed production of livestock and timber or other forest products on the same land over an extended period of time. Silvopasturing

Grass-finished Beef: Production & Marketing

During this webinar you'll learn how ranchers are using more pasture and less grain to produce high quality beef, and how ranchers who raise grass-finished beef find ways compete in the market place. Presenters for this webinar were NCAT agriculture specialists Jeff Schahczenski and Lee Rinehart. Grass-finished Beef Webinar

Sheep and Goats: What they can do for you!

A Small Ruminant Webinar by NCAT specialists Margo Hale and Linda Coffey hosted by Jeff Birkby Sheep and Goats, Webinar

Fly Management on Your Organic Dairy Workshop

Nationally known entomologists shared their research and experience on fly control management strategies for organic dairy farms. The workshop was hosted by the University of New Hampshire, with help from University of Vermont Extension and eOrganic. Fly Management Webinar

Healthy Soils for a Healthy Organic Dairy Farm

Join Dr. Heather Darby, University of Vermont, and Dr. Cindy Daley, California State University—Chico, as they review the art of managing soils to for optimum crop productivity. They will discuss how to build and maintain healthy soils and soil testing for nutrients and overall health. They will share recent on-farm research results that show the changes in forage quality and milk production on amended and non-amended organic pastures. Healthy Organic Dairy Farm Webinar

Stockpiling Forages to Extend the Grazing Season on Your Organic Dairy

In this webinar, Laura Paine will describe how best to stockpile forages, including forage species that do well under this practice, when to start stockpiling, and other management considerations. Stockpiling Forages Webinar

Using Small Grains as Forages on Your Organic Dairy

Dr. Heather Darby, University of Vermont Extension, will share recent results of her on-farm research trials as well as practical ideas on how to get the most of home-grown feeds on your farm. Small Grains as Forages Webinar

Shades of Green Dairy Farm Calculator

The "Shades of Green" (SOG) dairy farm calculator shows clearly why different studies can and have reached totally opposite conclusions after analyzing essentially the same things. The SOG calculator is freely accessible, along with a 100-page user manual that includes documentation of its equations and data sources. SOG Calculator and Webinar

Transitioning Organic Dairy Cows off and on Pasture

In this webinar, Rick Kersbergen will provide an overview of rumen function and various rations. He will address the nutritional qualities of various homegrown feeds (including grains), what they can add to a cow’s diet, and the potential for milk production trade-offs. Transitioning on Organic Farms Webinar

Setting up a Grazing System on Your Organic Farm

In this webinar, we will address the basic principles of how to set up a grazing system which will improve pasture quality and animal performance. We’ll include paddock size calculations, recovery periods, maps and record-keeping, and further resources. Grazing on Organic Farms Webinar

How to Calculate Pasture Dry Matter Intake on Your Organic Farm

This webinar, given by Sarah Flack, will help you predict the dry matter demand (DMD) of your animals, and walk you through the steps of determining dry matter intake (DMI) from different types of feed, especially from pasture; as well as help you calculate the percent DMI from pasture. Pasture Dry Matter Intake on Organic Farms Webinar

Organic Pasture Rule

In this webinar, Dr. Kerry Smith, USDA AMS National Organic Program, will give an overview of the main components of the Pasture Rule. The webinar will end with instructions for submitting any comments viewers may have on the new Rule to the NOP, as well as taking suggestions for further webinars on this topic. Organic Pasture Rule

On-Farm Poultry Slaughter Guide

Designed to complement a hands-on training in how to properly kill and prepare a poultry carcass for sale, this guide focuses on the critical points for producing a product that is safe to eat. This 28-page guide contains sections on the 1000-bird limit exemption, where you can legally sell your birds under this exemption, labeling requirements, sanitary operating procedures and more. It includes several appendices, such as a sample flock record log and a questionnaire that your insurance company may use to assess your knowledge of safe poultry processing practices. On-Farm Poultry Slaughter Guide