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August Focus On Farming from A Greener World
August 2019
Looking for alternative treatments to chemical pesticides?
Through consistent observation, you always noticed which herd members were more susceptible to internal and external parasites. Fecal sampling helped you identify a few silent carriers: heavily infested animals spreading parasites on your pastures even though they showed no visible signs of disease. Over time you selected only disease-free, low-burden stock for breeding. Today, your animals graze diverse pastures replete with a variety of bioactive forages. Dung beetles thrive, dispersing manure piles and destroying many eggs, while predatory insects devour any fly larvae that manage to hatch. Of course, parasites are still present on your farm, but you understand their particular life cycles, move animals before they can re-infect themselves, and rest pastures or graze non-susceptible species such that the majority of parasites die before they ever find a victim.

If the above describes your farming operation, congratulations! The chances are you have little need for this article … But if seasonal ponds recently emerged in your well-drained grassland … if that doe with perpetually high fecal egg counts happens to be your best milker … if recent fires, floods or lease modifications caused you to group more animals in a smaller area … then you might benefit from additional strategies to manage parasites.

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Featured Resources and News about sustainable farming and ranching
Let us know when you win
Have you won any awards for your products or sustainable farming practices recently? If so, be sure to let us know so we can share it! Congratulations to this years’ American Cheese Society Competition winners: Asgaard Dairy, Chapel Hill Creamery, Green Dirt FarmProdigal Farm, Ruggles Hill Creamery and Toluma Farms and Tomales Farmstead Creamery! Read more here — In addition, Ronald and Suzanne Klein of Windshadow Farm and Dairy were recently named “Farmer of the Year” by the Van Buren Conservation District (VBCD). Read more about this exciting news here —
Meet the farmer: Sylvan Farm
Joey and Erin McQuade grow organic crops and raise Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW pigs and Certified Grassfed by AGW beef cattle at Sylvan Farm near Saluda, SC, selling directly to local restaurants and grocery stores. Enjoy the entire Q&A article featuring Joey and Erin McQuade on page 22 in the summer issue of Sustainable Farming magazine here —
August 10-year farms to celebrate
We’re celebrating Circle O Livestock in Oregon this month, as August 2019 marks their 10-year anniversary of certification. Rob and Michelle Stokes and their young daughters, Rylie and Teagan, raise Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW goats, pigs, laying hens and laying ducks on their farm in Vale. Congratulations, Circle O Livestock! Read more about 10-year certified farmers here —
Farm-to-farm sales
AGW’s Farm-to-Farm Sales page is our one-stop online shop for certified farmers and ranchers to place advertisements for livestock, forage or feed, farm equipment—and more. The service is completely free and new entries are added on a day-to-day basis. If you wish to place an advertisement here, please complete the info if you have any questions. To view our current listings, click here.
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