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Kaley Grimland  |  Sol Seeker Farm  |  Prunedale, CA

Subject: Raising Cornish Game Hens on Pasture

Has anyone raised cornish game hens on pasture? Would it even make sense to, knowing they short life span once 2 weeks out of the brooder? We are interested in doing this, but would like to learn of others' experience. Would you recommend free range or using a Salatin style mobile pen?

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03/07/16

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  |  Sol Seeker Farm  |  Prunedale, CA commented

From one hatchery we bought Jumbo Cornish X Rocks day old chicks. They also sell sexed pullets Jumbo Cornish X Rocks (Cornish Game Hens) but we can't buy pullets that aren't certified organic. The recommendations here are to harvest at 2-2.5lbs live weight (which equals to 3 -4 weeks). We normally have Cornish Cross chick s in the brooder for 2 weeks and then to pasture-Salatin style mobile pens. We definitly want to keep to pasture rasied, so with limited we could just place these into a pens with regular Cornish X to save space. Good idea, thanks! As chicks do you think they are more fragile or succumb to bad weather than Cornish X chicks? Who do you use for slaughter?

Thanks for the response Caleb

03/08/16 4:13 PM

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Ariel Russell  |  Farmdoor  |  Palo Alto, CA

Subject: Looking for a poultry processing facility near the SF Bay Area

Hey All! I'm looking for the nearest poultry (chicken) slaughter/processing facility to the SF Bay Area. Any tips would be much appreciated!

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02/03/16

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  |  Mendocino Organics  |  Redwood Valley, CA commented

Squab Producers of California in Modesto does private label slaughter. They have a 250 bird minimum and it's almost $4/bird. I plan on using them this coming season. I haven't used them but have heard good things from people that have.

02/07/16 10:04 AM

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Ariel Russell  |  Farmdoor  |  Palo Alto, CA

Subject: Mobile Chicken Slaughter/Processing in San Mateo or Santa Cruz Counties?

Hey All,

I'm relocating to San Mateo County and am wondering about options for slaughtering and processing meat birds. Are there any mobile units or local slaughter facilities? Also, any words of wisdom about on-farm processing? Every county is different.

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Ariel Russell

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12/31/14

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  |  Fogline Farm  |  SANTA CRUZ, CA commented

Hey Ariel, The options above are really the only options. There is also Squab Producers of California in Modesto, but you have to commit to a weekly schedule with a couple hundred birds each week. I prefer New American, but each option has their pros and cons. Your best bet for on farm slaughter would be to talk to Dede at Rootdown Farm or Kevin at Early Bird Ranch, both in Pescadero. They both raise meat birds and know the ins and outs of San Mateo.

01/16/15 8:18 PM

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Caleb Barron  |  Fogline Farm  |  SANTA CRUZ, CA

Subject: Pigs in tomato field

I can't find a simple answer online. Is it ok to move a group of 15 pigs (100-200lb range) on to a 1/4 acre tomato field to clean it up?

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10/15/14

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  |  Fresh SPIN Farms  |  Davis, CA commented

That is great to hear Paul but it is also the opposite of those training and certifying in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) where the movement is to even ban the use of rainwater since it might be contaminated, require the cleared field edges, and even restrict field entry by people walking through an animal production area. Seems the right and left hands need to get together and share their science with each other!

10/17/14 8:29 AM

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Caleb Barron  |  Fogline Farm  |  SANTA CRUZ, CA

I have access to a few tons of sauerkraut from farmhouse culture. I can't find anything online about feeding sauerkraut to pigs. They're at or close to slaughter weight. Anyone know the pros and cons to this? Thanks

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06/11/14

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  |  Holistic Ag  |  Santa Rosa, CA commented

I've found that it's a bit of an acquired taste for the pigs. our 4 month olds aren't too keen on it, our 10 week old York crosses love it, and the Old Spot weaners will eat it up but only when they "get around to it." I don't think it's a breed thing - I think it has to do with whoever is the most adventuresome pig in a given litter setting the culture (get it? :D) for the others. probably best to start them young. I will say that the kraut doesn't rot too fast if it is in the shade so no need to dump too much at a time.

06/12/14 1:49 PM, updated

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Adam Gaska  |  Mendocino Organics  |  Redwood Valley, CA

Where can you take poultry to get legally processed (i.e. a state or federally inspected facility)? I have heard there is one in Modesto. I am in Mendocino County. I'm looking for a place that does chickens, ducks, and maybe turkeys.

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12/23/13

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  |  Riverdog Farm  |  Guinda, CA commented

We have scheduled drop-offs with New American Poultry. Ask for Howard. (916) 441-1466. There's no minimum number of birds to process, but there is a $50 minimum charge, which is for about 18 birds. Call a day or two ahead of time, and they'll fit you in the schedule.
12/24/13 1:07 PM, updated

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Caleb Barron  |  Fogline Farm  |  SANTA CRUZ, CA

Hey all -


I’m looking for a bookkeeper for Fogline Farm. Ideally, I’m looking for someone who could come up to the farm on Mondays or Tuesdays (1 day a week) and process our invoices, market money, receipts, and payroll for the week.

It’s a pretty simple operation. 10 employees, 5 markets, and 5-10 invoices a week, small CSA. Quickbooks are all set up and current bookkeeper is happy to help with transition.

If any of you know someone or can recommend someone that needs an extra day of work, please send them my way, or send this to them.

Thanks for the help.

~ Caleb

(612-787-6292)

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11/22/13

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  |  Yellow Wall Farm  |  Santa Cruz, CA commented

Hi Ben - I am able to track sales by crop in QB through all the invoices that I create in QB. If you are using QB for invoicing you can run a Report to give you the information you are looking for. Go to Reports - Sales by Item Summary (or Detail) - chose the date range (this fiscal year) and it will give you a total of sales by items(in this case crops). You will be able to develop the report you are looking for by how you set up your crops in items. For example I have different categories of Tomatoes - Early Girl and Heirlooms, etc. CCOF and the USDA - your organic registration with the State of Calif - also want to know the total amount of sales for the year - how much you pay for your certifications are based on total sales. I'm not sure if that answers your question. CCOF also wants to see your seed and plant records so they can be assured that you used organic seeds and plants or at least attempted... Read More
11/28/13 7:01 AM

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