Pastured poultry. What is that?
Poultry raised on grass.
Outside, on the pasture, eat some grass, but also eating a lot of grain.
What if you want to raise pastured poultry, but you don’t have any grass? You have pasture, but it’s not green, or the pasture is just an area outside.
In many cases if it was cattle, you are feeding hay. But what do you do for poultry, because poultry don’t eat hay.
You use fodder. Or at least, that’s one option. An option that my guest today, Tim Bork of the Brush Arbor Farmstead is a big fan of.
Tim lives in Northern California and there are times of year when the grass instead green and parts of his property that are too shady to grow grass, so he grows his own, every 6 days, in the form of fodder.
It’s a feed supply that makes sense in Tim’s context – it’s green when pasture grass isn’t, it’s portable, nutrient dense, and it’s cheaper than feed.
In this episode Tim’s going to talk about the numbers of fodder, call them fodder economics – what are the cost, what are the yields, and how much time is involved. He will also talk about why fodder.
But before we get there we’ll start with how Tim got started in farming and some of the challenges that he faced early on, especially around developing a customer base and accurately trying to predict and produce enough for that customer base. There was a lot of trial and error that went into it, and led him to develop a farmshare sales model, which is just as unique as his fodder system.
His sales model’s interesting, and his struggles are very real, and likely very common to many people listening to this show.
Despite those struggles, the farming journey continues, and here’s what it looks like today.
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