The Livestock Conservancy
Corolla Horse Chat with Meg Puckett

Corolla Horse Chat with Meg Puckett

July 28, 2022
Special Guest Meg Puckett, Herd Manager for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund (https://www.corollawildhorses.com/) joins Charlene Couch and Emily Rose Johnson to chat about this critically-endangered breed located on the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
 
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Meg Puckett accepted the role of Herd Manager for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund (CWHF) in July 2016. She came to the CWHF from The Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, where she worked in education, volunteer management, and media/public relations. Before that she was an educator at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, and she also worked on the USS Monitor project at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. Meg graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with degrees in History and English.
 
Meg’s background in nonprofits, public history, education and interpretation, and animal science has helped prepare her for the multi-faceted role of Herd Manager. In addition to that, Meg has more than 20 years experience working with and caring for horses, and a deep rooted love and connection to the Albemarle region. Preserving the ecology and the history of the Outer Banks is something that she’s always been passionate about, and the wild horses of Corolla have held a special place in her heart since she was a little girl.
 
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Galiceno Horse Chat with Rick Blaney

Galiceno Horse Chat with Rick Blaney

July 28, 2022
Special Guest Rick Blaney of Galiceños of Suwannee Horse Ranch (http://Galiceno.org) joins Charlene Couch and Emily Rose Johnson to chat about this critically-endangered breed.
 
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Their farm's Facebook page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/Galicenos-of-Suwannee-139480129479917
 
 
Rick Blaney is a retired college Professor of Biological Sciences with a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University (1965) in Biological Sciences and a Doctorate from Louisiana State University (1970) in Zoology. He taught courses in Biology, Zoology, and Anatomy and Physiology before retiring in 2006. Now a rancher, Rick and his wife Pat are dedicated to preserving Galiceño horses on their 80 acre horse ranch located in Suwannee County near Live Oak, Florida.
 
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Lipizzan Horse Chat with Esther Buonanno

Lipizzan Horse Chat with Esther Buonanno

July 5, 2022

Special Guest Esther Buonanno from the United States Lipizzan Federation (https://www.uslipizzan.org/) joins Charlene Couch and Brittany Sweeney to chat about this threatened breed.

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Esther Buonanno is the Program Director of the Tempel Lipizzans (https://www.tempelfarms.com) as well as granddaughter of Founders Esther and Tempel Smith. Tempel Lipizzans is located in northern Illinois and is home to 70 Lipizzan horses. The mission is to promote and preserve Lipizzan horses and classical riding in the United States through a careful breeding program and public performances and tours.

Esther is on the Board of Directors of the United States Lipizzan Federation and on the Honorary Committee of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.

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Marketing Monday with Matt LeRoux and Sarah Blacklin

Marketing Monday with Matt LeRoux and Sarah Blacklin

June 27, 2022

In 2022, Marketing Monday is focusing on how to turn your audience into a community. Today, Special Guests Matt LeRoux Extension Associate at Cornell University & Marketing Specialist at NC Choices (https://ncchoices.org/), and Sarah Blacklin, NC Choices Program Director, chat about their new Marketing Channel Assessment Tool for produce growers and the Cornell Meat Price Calculator (https://www.meatsuite.com/calculator/).

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Matt has over 20 years’ experience serving farms through Cornell Cooperative Extension, non-profits, and consulting. Specializing in market strategy, Matt works with a diverse mix of produce and livestock farmers and food businesses. Career highlights include developing the Marketing Channel Assessment Tool for produce growers and the Cornell Meat Price Calculator.

Sarah Blacklin is a NC Cooperative Extension educator and Program Director at NC Choices, a program of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. Sarah helps small farmers in NC maximize direct and wholesale marketing efforts to enhance profitability. She deals directly with livestock farms and local meat businesses along the entire local meat supply chain including commercial meat processors, restaurants and butcher shops, regulatory agents and various allied businesses.

Sarah’s work of extending educational programming, networking opportunities and technical training to sustainable food businesses has gained attention on the local and national scale and in 2016 Sarah was honored among the “top 100 national agricultural leaders shaping rural America” by National Farm Credit. Among other activities, Sarah serves on the board of the National Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network. Before working with meat, Sarah served as Market Manager for the Carrboro Farmers’ Market for 5 years, originally getting her start as a farmhand for local farmers.

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Florida Cracker Cattle Chat

Florida Cracker Cattle Chat

June 22, 2022
Special Guests historian Doyle Conner Jr. and Cowboy Poet Stephen Monroe join guest host Martha Hoffman Kerestes and Brittany Sweeney to chat about Florida Cracker cattle, listed as threatened on the Conservation Priority List.
 
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Doyle Conner Jr., a sixth-generation Cracker and cowman, has studied, researched and shared Florida's cow history for more than 20 years. During his service as a curator of the Florida Agriculture Museum he conserved the material of the state's heritage and developed a healthy respect for the tough minded individuals who made "la Florida" what it is today. Doyle is also the Florida Cracker Cattle Association’s Historian.
 
Stephen Monroe has owned and managed cattle since he was 11 years old. Along the way, he competed in rodeos, became a rodeo clown and bullfighter, and learned cowboy poetry to entertain himself during long days in the saddle. In 1985, Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture recruited him to help with reservation efforts of cattle descended from the first cattle to set hoof in the US. The Florida Cracker Cattle Association was formed in 1988 and the registry formed the next year. Stephen has served as the association's volunteer Executive Director and Manager of the Annual Sale since their inception and has been blessed to help guide the efforts of so many great families who are the strength of the association.
 
Martha Hoffman Kerestes grew up helping her parents raise Dutch Belted and Milking Shorthorn cattle, and today she works alongside her mother with the dual-purpose dairy herd and family genetics business, Best yet A.I. Sires. She hopes to honor her late father's legacy by continuing where he left off in conservation work. She is Vice President of the Dutch Belted Cattle Association of America. In addition to her work with heritage cattle, Martha does freelance ag writing for publications like Graze magazine and farms with her husband, Brian, in northern Illinois.
 
Big thank you to Manna Pro for sponsoring Cattle Chats this month! Learn more about how Manna Pro is Nurturing Life at https://www.mannapro.com/promotions/nurturing-life-2022
Wooly Wednesday with The Natural Spinner Kimberly Radcliffe

Wooly Wednesday with The Natural Spinner Kimberly Radcliffe

June 15, 2022
Special Guest Kimberly Radcliffe joins Cindra Kerscher to chat about working with raw fleece, combed preparation and lace spinning. Learn more about this "Unapologetic Raw Fleece Enabler" on her website at https://thenaturalspinner.com.
 
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As a young child, Kimberly learned from her grandmother, how to knit and crochet. In 2009, she gifted herself spinning lessons as a birthday present. Once introduced to raw fleece, she never looked back and fell deep into the fiber prep rabbit hole! She loves worsted prep and specializes in combing and spinning lace yarn.
 
Kimberly's passion for sharing her love of fiber led her to teach classes at many major fiber festivals on the east coast. She has also demonstrated her craft at fiber festivals, fairs and other venues for over 10 years. You’ll usually find her in the fleece barn at the fiber festivals!
 
Contact Kimberly at thenaturalspinner@yahoo.com, watch her on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/thenaturalspinner, or find her on Ravelry @TheNaturalSpinner and Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/KimberlysHandcrafts
Cattle Chat with Richard Browning and Martha Hoffman Kerestes

Cattle Chat with Richard Browning and Martha Hoffman Kerestes

June 14, 2022
On today's Cattle Chat, Special Guest Dr. Richard Browning, Professor of Animal Science at Tennessee State University in Nashville, joins guest host Martha Hoffman Kerestes and Brittany Sweeney to chat about small farm economics and Dexter cattle, listed as recovering.
 
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Richard Browning grew up in Raywood, Texas where he was active in the Hull-Daisetta FFA and Liberty County 4-H through the raising and showing of Red Brahman cattle. He earned a B.Sc. (1989) from Prairie View A&M University and M.Sc. (1992) and Ph.D. (1994) from Texas A&M University.
 
Dr. Browning’s graduate research, under the senior guidance of Dr. Ron Randel, focused on the reproductive performance of Brahman cattle and comparative calf performance of tropically-adapted Tuli cattle along with Angus and Brahman. In 1994, Dr. Browning arrived at Tennessee State University in Nashville. At TSU he studied physiological mechanisms and heat-tolerant cattle genetics in relation to fescue toxicosis using Angus, Brahman, Hereford, Holstein, and Senepol breeds. He started meat goat research in 2002. He began by studying performance traits among Boer, Kiko, and Spanish breeds, and later added Myotonic and Savanna goats to the research program.
 
Dr. Browning established a Dexter cattle herd at TSU in 2015. The Dexter cattle will be used to advance student teaching and ruminant research. He is married to Dr. Maria Leite-Browning who is a veterinarian and Extension specialist. The two of them are thoroughly engaged in outreach activities to assist meat goat producers. An overview of his work can be found at http://www.tnstate.edu/faculty/rbrowning/
 
Martha Hoffman Kerestes grew up helping her parents raise Dutch Belted and Milking Shorthorn cattle, and today she works alongside her mother with the dual-purpose dairy herd and family genetics business, Bestyet A.I. Sires. She hopes to honor her late father's legacy by continuing where he left off in conservation work. She is Vice President of the Dutch Belted Cattle Association of America.
 
Big thank you to Manna Pro for sponsoring International Species Chats this month! Learn more about how Manna Pro is Nurturing Life at https://www.mannapro.com/promotions/nurturing-life-2022
Marketing Monday with Laura Jensen

Marketing Monday with Laura Jensen

May 24, 2022
In 2022, Marketing Monday is focusing on how to turn your audience into a community. This week, Special Guest Laura Jensen of Jensen Reserve (www.jensenreserve.com), the American Meishan Breeders Association (www.meishanbreeders.com), and Meishan Preservation (www.meishanpreservation.com) joins Brittany Sweeney and Samantha Gasson to chat about marketing tips and resources for small farms and heritage breeders.
 
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Laura Jensen—President of the American Meishan Breeders Association, Meishan Preservation lead activist, and is the principal operator at Jensen Reserve— a farm-based artisan foods producer and provider. Living and working just 43 miles outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, two daughters, 4dogs, small flock of chickens, and dozens of Meishan pigs, Laura works completely hands on in these demanding fields, all of which require focused decision-making skills at every turn. As if that all were not enough, Laura represents a beneficial movement in the agricultural industry as she is one of the female principal operators who comprise just 14% of a predominantly male industry.
 
Laura’s rare position is informed by the active training she received growing up in northern North Carolina on her grandfather’s 60-acre cattle farm. There, fresh gardens produced enough food to feed Laura’s extended family as well as giving her community access to healthfully grown fruits and vegetables. Of this experience, Laura recalls “riding with my grandfather on a route with the bed of his truck fully loaded with vegetables we grew every summer." The memory profoundly affects her life and goals. Wisely choosing to provide her children with the same practical foundational experience, Laura and her husband Bill invested in their own working farm in 2013.
 
Co-host Samantha Gasson joined the FACT team in 2019 as coordinator of the Mentorship Program and as part of the Humane Farming program in 2021. She also owns and operates Bull City Farm with her husband and kids in the piedmont of North Carolina, where they raise pork, dairy cows, turkeys, layers, lamb and a geriatric emu named George. The farm is part of A Greener World’s Animal Welfare Approved program, which is the cornerstone of their farming business. In addition to raising food for her community, Samantha is committed to education, especially when it comes to farming. The farm holds summer camps for kids yearly and adult classes on cheese and sausage making. Samantha also holds a BS in Biology from Virginia Tech University.
 
Big thank you to Manna Pro for sponsoring Marketing Mondays this year! Learn more about how Manna Pro is Nurturing Life at https://www.mannapro.com/promotions/nurturing-life-2022
International Species Chat with Judy Barnet of Rare Breeds Trust of Australia

International Species Chat with Judy Barnet of Rare Breeds Trust of Australia

May 17, 2022
Special Guest Judy Barnet, Director of Rare Breeds Trust of Australia (https://rarebreedstrust.com.au/), joins Charlene Couch and Brittany Sweeney to chat about the work to save rare breeds in Australia.
 
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Judy has been with the Rare Breeds Trust of Australia since 2015 as a director and treasurer. She also looks after the memberships and organizes the RBTA annual fundraising auction for the Future Farms Fund (Gene bank). When she has time, Judy also takes her own rare breed animals to shows to promote RBTA and rare breeds.
 
Judy and her partner have a small 150 acre farm in South East Queensland, 4 hours from Brisbane, where she mainly breeds sheep, in addition to a few Shorthorn cattle, goats pigs and poultry. She also has a lovely cottage Airbnb for farm stays called Glenlyon Dam Holiday Cottage. The cottage and our farm are situated on the banks of Glenlyon Dam so are great for water sports and fishing.
 
Big thank you to Manna Pro for sponsoring International Species Chats this month! Learn more about how Manna Pro is Nurturing Life at https://www.mannapro.com/promotions/nurturing-life-2022
Scour Wool Like a Boss Wooly Wednesday

Scour Wool Like a Boss Wooly Wednesday

May 12, 2022
Special Guest Mary Egbert joins Cindra Kerscher to demonstrate tips and tricks for scouring a raw fleece at home. Mary is the owner of Camaj Fiber Arts (https://camajfiberarts.com/) and author of the bestselling book on scouring fibers, "The Art of Scouring Wool, Mohair and Alpaca."
 
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Mary is also the head instructor at the Camaj School of Fiber Arts and the creator of the Eszee Twist Tool and monthly fiber "Spinning Box." She has traveled the country teaching spinning, fiber prep and scouring to many fiber loving folks. Her articles on fiber prep, spinning, small business secrets and scouring can be seen in magazines such as "Spin Off," "Ply" and "Alpaca Magazine." Mary's two daughters, Jessica and Carissa, happily work along side her to provide all customers with the best possible fiber and buying experience.
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