Category — Livestock
Photo by Ángel Franco/The New York Times. Link to slideshow.
Heard on the Street: E-I-E-I-O
By Ronda Kaysen
New York Times
July 25, 2014
There is no data tracking how many New Yorkers are tilling the earth — but it’s clear which way the wind is blowing. Last year, 5,000 New Yorkers attended educational workshops led by the New York City Compost Project, a program created in 1993. More than 250 honeybee hives are registered with the city, but beekeepers like Andrew Coté, the founder of the New York City Beekeepers Association, suspect the real number is higher. His association has 480 members, up from 25 in 2007.
July 25, 2014 No Comments
By Sofia Perpetua
New York Times
July 25th, 2014
Robert McMinn, an urban homesteader in New York City, worked to be sure his neighbors and landlords were happy with his chickens.
July 25, 2014 No Comments
Kossowan doesn’t plan to fight the city about the complaint as he believes the bylaw will change eventually.
Jul 21, 2014
“I apparently have three days to rectify the situation which I find a bit unusually short … or they will issue me a $500 fine for having hens in my backyard,” Kossowan told the CBC’s Tim Adams Monday.
City council will consider making changes this summer to the bylaw to allow people to keep backyard chickens. However, animal control officer Sabrina Bergin says until the changes are actually made, poultry is still prohibited within the city limits.
July 22, 2014 No Comments
Roxanne Adair holds one of her chickens, named Guinnevere, in a coop in the backyard of her Flint home. Adair is trying to get the city to change their ordinance against raising fowl within city limits. Photo by Samuel Wilson.
Adair has been one of Flint’s urban farming pioneers, helping to start the Flint River Farm
By Ron Fonger
June 16, 2014
The city’s largest urban farmer has been warned to send her small flock of chickens packing, but Roxanne Adair is hoping Flint officials change the rules against backyard fowl instead.
“I’m not going to willingly give up my birds,” said Adair, who has been given 30 days to relocate them from her home in city’s College and Cultural area after a blight ordinance enforcer cited her for harboring the chickens this month.
June 24, 2014 Comments Off
“Goats are an effective way to do landscaping.”
By Alexandra Stevenson
New York Times
June 10, 2014
The hedge fund manager Mark Spitznagel has been denied a last-minute reprieve for his guerrilla urban farming project.
And now, the 18 baby goats that he brought to the Brightmoor section of Detroit, to help clean up the overgrown area blighted by the city’s financial crisis, will now be sold to the butchers.
June 19, 2014 Comments Off
Raising chickens or other food for your own family’s consumption has never been within the scope of the Right to Farm Act and that has not changed.
By Rosemary Parker
May 14, 2014
Recent changes to the voluntary set of guidelines used to support the state’s Right to Farm Act have created a maelstrom of misunderstanding and misinformation about what the law does and does not do, including what protections it may or may not afford Michigan’s farming community. That misunderstanding continues to be amplified by social media reports which vastly misrepresent the facts and the potential impacts, especially as it relates to small and urban farmers.
May 28, 2014 Comments Off
While growing food within city limits is exciting for urban dwellers, it also raises some unique food safety issues.
By Kelly Damewood
Food Safety News
May 2, 2014
To be clear, my opinion is that urban farmers and gardeners can absolutely keep livestock safely within the city limits. However, my experience has been that urban livestock keepers are also more likely to be novices. As a result, I have seen some unfortunate situations where people underestimate the amount of attention baby goats need or the dedication it takes to milk a goat every day.
May 23, 2014 Comments Off
“And when you make your own stuff, you’re in control of your own stuff.”
By Jessica Werb
May 14, 2014
When it comes to keeping chickens, the first name on Havlak’s list is Duncan Martin, designer and builder of the Vancooper chicken coop. Martin, an East Vancouver transplant from Vermont, builds the coops out of repurposed local cedar and sells them for $700. Since starting the business in 2010, Daily Eggs, Martin says, he’s been installing about two to three of them a month.
May 22, 2014 Comments Off
Around seven-tenths (69%) of EU citizens claim to have some knowledge of the conditions under which animals are farmed in their country. However, few are fully confident in the extent of this knowledge with only 12% saying they know ‘a lot’ on this matter. Rather, the majority (57%) say that they possess ‘a little’ knowledge with 28% claiming to know ‘nothing at all’.
Urban farms connect citizens to agriculture on a personal level, which may be a more effective means of generating interest in farm animal welfare.
By Lindsay Nakonechny
Fellow, Animal & Wildlife Welfare
Now why is animal welfare important? Besides many ethical concerns, animal welfare confers many benefits including animal health, food safety and quality, reduced profit loss, and sustainable farming. Despite this significance, many consumers cannot afford time to research animal welfare standards, nor have access to farms where they can witness livestock care firsthand.
May 21, 2014 Comments Off
Grasscutter farming has become a thriving business from merely a hobby for many in Accra, capital city of Ghana
By Dr.Mohemmed Habibur Rahman, Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh
At present: School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture and Consumer Science, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana. P.O.Box: LG 586, Legon
The grasscutter (Thryonomys swinderianus) is one of the very few wild animal species who has not only been domesticated but used for the benefit of the mankind. West Africa is regarded as the home of Grasscutter and for the last couple of decades has been the source of employment, income and bush meat in Ghana. Grasscutter is variously known as the marsh cane-rat , ground hog and in francophone West Africa, the aulacode or incorrectly, the agouti is a rodent but not a rat proper, since it belongs to the Hystricomorpha (porcupine family). In “Ga” language they are called Kpin (pin) and also locally known as Akrante.
May 20, 2014 Comments Off
Available in purple and green
By Diane Mckaye
Omlet take a step up in chicken housing with their latest coop – the Eglu Go UP.
With all the benefits of the Eglu Go on legs, the Eglu Go Up is easy to clean, easy to move and no more bending down to collect eggs.
Perfect for the first time henkeeper, it’s straightforward to use and comes complete with everything you need to start your new hobby including feeder, drinker and egg boxes.
May 16, 2014 Comments Off
Michigan Loses ‘Right To Farm’ This Week
May 2, 2014
Michigan residents lost their “right to farm” this week thanks to a new ruling by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development. Gail Philburn of the Michigan Sierra Club told Michigan Live, the new changes “effectively remove Right to Farm Act protection for many urban and suburban backyard farmers raising small numbers of animals.” Backyard and urban farming were previously protected by Michigan’s Right to Farm Act. The Commission ruled that the Right to Farm Act protections no longer apply to many homeowners who keep small numbers of livestock.
May 13, 2014 Comments Off
“Many people do not believe they can effectively rear five cows under zero grazing, feeding them on specially prepared grass.”
By Joshua Kato
Mar 26, 2014
It is difficult to believe there is a profi table agricultural enterprise inside this enclosed homestead in Seguku. The farm is located in an urban setting on less than 20 decimals of land. The same space is also occupied by nine houses, most of them for rent. Many people in urban areas have this kind of space, but regard it as useless. Not so for Dr. Jolly Kabirizi who has converted a small piece of land into a gold mine.
There are currently five cows at the backyard farm, all Friesians for milk production. Initially, Kabirizi was rearing over 20 goats. “I would have taken my cows to the village where I have bigger land. However, I wanted to live with and monitor their development,” she says.
April 2, 2014 Comments Off
Restrictions on small livestock lifted
By David Wasson
Mar 25, 2014
Growing, raising and selling your own food just got easier in Spokane.
City Council members agreed Monday to lift zoning restrictions on small livestock and allow unlicensed produce stands in residential neighborhoods, a move backers hope will encourage more urban farming and sustainable lifestyles.
“If you grow it on site, you can sell it on site,” said Council President Ben Stuckart, who led the push to draft the urban farming plan.
March 26, 2014 Comments Off
Almost 100 residents packed council chambers, and everyone who spoke was in support of the ordinance to allow urban chickens.
By Megan Mitchell
Feb 25, 2014
“A few years ago, I had four hens in my backyard,” Aurora resident John Dougherty said. “The eggs were vastly more delicious than store bought, we had almost zero backyard lawn pests, and mostly, my grandkids loved them.”
Other residents cited increased property value, a right to control where they get their own food, educational purposes, agricultural benefits and familial attachments as reasons why the ban should be lifted.
March 7, 2014 Comments Off