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The father and son team at Bridgewater Farm, Dale and Tyler Raasch, get more done on their farm than seems possible (to mere mortals). The duo manages 23 acres of organic fruits and vegetables, plus meat chickens, layers, pigs, and beef cattle. As Dale and Tyler toured the group around their farm, CSA members, friends and family […]

September 25, 2015 

BLOG POST

Poultry enterprises have low start-up
costs, require little experience, and
have fast turnaround compared to
other livestock species.
• Margins on poultry enterprises, however,
are often low; broiler chickens
and eggs have been referred to as
“gateway” sales to get farmers’ market
customers to become interested in
bigger purchases.
• Practical Farmers members offered to
provide production and sales costs
of broiler enterprises, to see what the
finances really look like on long-standing
operations.
KEY FINDINGS
• The Griffieons benefit from economies
of scale, and while non-GMO feed is
the biggest expense (over 50% of total
costs), this feature allows them to ask
a premium sale price.
• The Wesseliuses have a very low-cost
feed ration, and while processing is
costly (36% of total costs), they save
on labor and other expenses.
• Feed and processing, the two biggest
costs on each enterprise, are difficult
to alter, but any reduction in costs will
improve margins.

May 5, 2015 

RESEARCH REPORT

This post is a little late in coming, since the Practical Farmers field day at Genuine Faux Farm was Aug. 17 — but better late than never! It was such an excellent field day, with a robust crowd — and even more robust questions — that it would be a shame to keep the knowledge […]

September 12, 2014 

BLOG POST

Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa will host a visit to Abbe Hills Farm Aug. 4, near Mt. Vernon For Release: July 22, 2013 Download PDF (106 kB) View Fullscreen

July 22, 2013 

NEWS RELEASE

Learn about on-farm poultry processing, converting crop ground to pasture at Practical Farmers of Iowa field dayFor Release: July 15, 2013 Download PDF (139 kB) View Fullscreen

July 15, 2013 

NEWS RELEASE

Processing poultry for home use, grazing and orchards are focus of Practical Farmers of Iowa field day June 5, near Smithland – RSVPs requested For Release: May 24, 2013 Download PDF (135 kB) View Fullscreen

May 24, 2013 

NEWS RELEASE

Nutrient composition of poultry from different farms and management systemsPublished: January 3, 2013 Download PDF (1 MB) View Fullscreen

January 3, 2013 

RESEARCH REPORT

Learn how to price your poultry to ensure profits return to your farm.

December 4, 2012 

FARMINAR

Coming home from market with only $50 and a vehicle full of product can be discouraging. Participants will learn how to calculate the costs of attending farmer’s markets, how to set a farmer’s market income goal and strategies to reach that goal and achieve a profit that’s worthy of the effort.

February 7, 2012 

FARMINAR

West Branch Farmers and Scattergood Friends School Hold Field Day, October 1For Release: September 12, 2011 Download PDF (385 kB) View Fullscreen

September 12, 2011 

NEWS RELEASE