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Sustainable Meat and Egg Production Field Day set for July 17

Kansas

Managing meat and egg production from the brooder through processing will be the focus of a Cedar Valley Farms field day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 17 at Cedar Valley Farms, 24161 NW Kentucky Road, Garnett, Kan.

The program, which can help farmers weather the challenges in today's agriculture, is open to producers, extension agents and other agricultural educators. Topics covered during the field day include poultry brooder management; electric fencing systems; on-farm processing opportunities; balancing feed rations, and a cost-cutting roundtable.

When the Bauman family moved to the 180-acre Cedar Valley Farms in 2001, they realized that the best recipe for small farm success was to become a sustainable, direct marketing business. Cedar Valley Farms is best known for its pastured chicken and eggs, however, it is a diverse family farm that also produces beef, lamb, turkey, duck, milk, and traditional row crops. Their meat and dairy products have been marketed as "all-natural" to groceries and restaurants for the past six years in addition to their local farmers' market and on-farm sales. Cedar Valley Farm's pastures and row-crops are certified organic. Today, the Bauman family is the only producers in Kansas who raise and process their poultry on-farm in an inspected facility.

For more information or to RSVP by July 10, please contact the Baumans at 785-448-2239. Lunch is available for purchase the day of the tour.

The field day is part of a series of similar programs being held in Northeast Kansas to educate farmers, ranchers, agricultural direct-markers and Extension and agriculture educators and others about management practices common to sustainable agriculture and organic farming. It is supported by a grant from USDA's Farmers Market Promotion Program, Farmer-Educator programming is sponsored by the Kansas Rural Center.



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