The Livestock Conservancy
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.
 
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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.
International Species Chat with German Working Cattle Group

International Species Chat with German Working Cattle Group

May 4, 2022
Special Guests Claus Kropp and Peter Herold join Jeannette Beranger and Brittany Sweeney to chat about draft animals, including oxen and horses, in Germany. Learn more about the group at https://www.zugrinder.de/en/home.html
 
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Claus Kropp is manager of the Lauresham Laboratory for Experimental Archaeology and currently also President for the International Association of Agricultural Museums (AIMA). Both during his full-time museum position as well as on his private farming operation, Claus is working with draft cattle. He joined the German Oxdriver Working Group in 2012 and organized the first World Congress on Draft Animals (Draft Animals in the Past, Present and Future) in 2021.
 
Dr. Peter Herold, Ph.D., together with his family drives a small organic farm with milking goats, a cheese dairy, some laying hens and two (sometimes draught-) horses near Heilbronn, Germany. He studied Nature Conservation Biology and some Organic Farming at Marburg and Gießen Universities in the 1990s and continued with a PhD-thesis on the potential of modern draught horse use in organic farming at Kassel University. From 2005 - 2012 he was the secretary of the German Draught Horse Association (www.ig-zugpferde.de).
 
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A few resource links from the recording, courtesy of Dr. Peter Herold
- German Draft Horse Association: www.ig-zugpferde.de
- European umbrella organization FECTU: www.fectu.org
- European Horse Progress Days “PferdeStark”: www.pferdestark.net; get an impression from 2017s event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xcx8BJxzifA; next event will be held the last weekend of August, 2023
- German Draft Horse Magazine “Starke Pferde”: www.starke-pferde.com
- Database modern horse-drawn machinery: http://modern-horse-power.org/Horse%20drawn%20equipment.html
- Paul Schmit, Luxemburg, maybe one of the most innovative entrepreneurs who also does scientific research on modern equipment all over Europe: www.schaffmatpaerd.com
- Christoph Schmitz, German inventor of modern equipment: https://pferdezugtechnik.jimdo.com/leistungen/maschinenbau/
Social Media 101 Marketing Monday with Paige Jackson

Social Media 101 Marketing Monday with Paige Jackson

April 25, 2022

Special Guest Paige Jackson of Grass Grazed Farm joins Brittany Sweeney and Samantha Gasson to chat about how to set up your social media channels and the basics of running social media business campaigns.

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Paige Jackson is the farm manager and co owner of Grass Grazed Farm (https://www.grassgrazed.com/). She and her husband Derrick along with 5 kids own and operate the business full time.

Grass Grazed is a pasture-based regenerative farm, focusing on soil health and sustainable farming practices. The farm raises pork, chicken and cattle. They strive to offer transparency, from farm to table, for all of their customers.

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Silver Fox Rabbit Chat with Vernon Brown

Silver Fox Rabbit Chat with Vernon Brown

April 19, 2022
Special Guest Vernon Brown joins Charlene Couch and Brittany Sweeney to chat about Silver Fox Rabbits, listed as Recovering on the Conservation Priority List.
 
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Vernon Brown is a longtime member of The Livestock Conservancy and is focused on the stewardship of conserving Silver Fox rabbits. He raises the breed on his farm, Brownie's Bunnies, in Kingsville, Maryland. As part of his work to conserve rare breed rabbits, Vernon is building a community of Silver Fox enthusiasts and mentoring new breeders. National Silver Fox Rabbit Club: http://www.nsfrc.com/
 
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Rabbit Chats with Eric Stewart of the ARBA

Rabbit Chats with Eric Stewart of the ARBA

April 5, 2022
Special Guest Eric Stewart, Executive Director of the American Rabbit Breeders Association (https://arba.net/), joins Charlene Couch and Brittany Sweeney to chat about rabbit shows, heritage breeds, breed census, and more.
 
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The American Rabbit Breeders Association is the world’s largest registry of rabbits and cavies boasting over 20,000 members worldwide. ARBA also maintains the Standard of Perfection, a guide to the ideals for all 50 recognized breeds of rabbit and 13 breeds of cavy. ARBA provides data from their shows and registry to aid The Livestock Conservancy with their census determinations. ARBA also has a specialty show type that specifically promotes rare breeds being exhibited.
 
Eric Stewart is the current ARBA Executive Director and has been raising rabbits since 1986. Eric is an all-breed rabbit and cavy judge, having first earning his license in 1995. In addition to his day job, Eric also owns Higher Ground Farm specializing in French Angora rabbits and Colored Angora Goats. In 2021 Eric not only won Best in Show at the Colored Angora Goat National Show, but also Best in Show at the ARBA National Convention; the first time a French Angora has ever won that distinction in the history of the association. He sells fiber from his farm along with woolen products for the discerning fiber artist.
 
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Email Newsletter Marketing Monday

Email Newsletter Marketing Monday

March 28, 2022

Special Guests Nicolle Ferrier of Sugar Feather Farm and Carolyn Rose-Seed of Mamma Springs Farm join Brittany Sweeney and Samantha Gasson to chat about email newsletters for your small business.

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Nicolle, aka The Fowl Guru, has been raising animals for over 20 years as a self-trained fowl expert. She has education, trainings and background working with Poultry Scientists, Fowl Nutritionists and Fowl Breeder Mentors and Experts. She is the founder and owner of Sugar Feather Farm LLC in Vermont (https://www.sugar-feather.com/), mother of 5 children and a consultant for Civil Engineering firms. Nicolle is also a Certified Vermont Master Composter (intern) and volunteer for several charity organizations. She is a contributor, donator and member of The Livestock Conservancy and Pavlovskaya Conservation Association East Cost Director. She also volunteers in her community regularly and provides mentorships and internships for special needs individuals and students.

Carolyn Rose-Seed (she/her) runs MamaSprings (https://www.mamaspringsfarm.com/), a small urban farm, in Durham, NC. The farm specializes in cut flowers, microgreens, and seasonal vegetables, marketing its products via farmers’ market and subscription programs. Carolyn stumbled into farming right as her third pregnancy collided with a recession and a lay-off In an effort to not starve, a giant garden was planted, and a business was born. Carolyn has nurtured her small urban farm right along with her above-average-sized family for the past twelve years.

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Schmaltz Chicken Chat with Michael Ruhlman

Schmaltz Chicken Chat with Michael Ruhlman

March 24, 2022

Special Guest Michael Rulman, an award-winning author, chef, and journalist, joins Jeannette Beranger and Brittany Sweeney about halfway through to chat about cooking with chicken fat, also called schmaltz.

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Michael Rulman is the author of nine non-fiction books, one collection of novellas, and eight cookbooks; he is the co-author with various chefs of ten other cookbooks. Best known for writing about food, chefs and the work of professional cooking, Michael has also written for The New York Times, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Gourmet magazine, and other publications.

Anthony Bourdain, in a review for The New York Times Book Review of Soul of a Chef, wrote, “Ruhlman sets out to perform a task even restaurant insiders would find difficult: to delve so deeply into the hearts and minds of a few select chefs that he may discover the essence of haute cuisine. Amazingly enough, he succeeds—by turning his investigation into an adventure story, a hold-your-breath-while-you-turn-the-page thriller that's also an anthropological study of the culture of cooking.”

Alex Witchel, writing more recently in The Times, described Michael as “a chef whisperer to the stars.”

Michael lives with his wife, the writer Ann Hood, in New York City and Providence, RI.

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Wooly Wednesday with Roy Clemes

Wooly Wednesday with Roy Clemes

March 10, 2022

Special Guest Roy Clemes of Clemes and Clemes, Inc. joins Cindra Kerscher to chat about flicking, hand carding and drum carding.

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Roy grew up working in his family’s woodshop and is the younger half of the Clemes & Clemes duo, making innovative, generational fiber art equipment in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Clemes & Clemes is known throughout the world for the high quality of their designs, especially their fiber preparation tools. In pre-COVID times, Roy and his father travelled coast to coast to vend and teach at fiber festivals around the country. They regularly consult and instruct spinners, felters, fiber growers, and professional fiber artists in the art of fiber preparation. You can find their company on Instagram @clemesandclemes and visit their website, https://clemes.com.

Roy also frequently contributes to PLY Magazine and is the president of Lambtown Festival, the largest sheep and wool show in California. He and his wife live in the San Francisco Bay Area with their terribly cute toddler and two very spoiled sheep.

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Chicken Chat with Cynthia Capers

Chicken Chat with Cynthia Capers

March 8, 2022

Special Guest Cynthia Capers of Heniscity Farm (https://www.heniscityfarm.org/) near Nashville joins Jeannette Beranger and Brittany Sweeney to chat about running a small poultry business.

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Cynthia is a retired trauma nurse and pharmaceutical biotech clinical researcher and sorority member of Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc. She is also the founder/owner of Heniscity Farms in Pegram, TN. Bonding to kindred spirits lost over time, Heniscity Farm was created to extend across that ancestral journey to Mother Earth unifying cultural gaps to the land, reducing hunger along the way.

National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP) certified, Heniscity Farm, specializes in heritage breeds and domestic free-range poultry locally grown. From the big city of Chicago to now a small-town feathered fowl aficionado, Cynthia has over 20 years’ experience with poultry, creating custom blended feed for her diverse flock. In addition, she is an avid gardener raising vegetables and herbs using a straw bale system.

A graduate of TSU’s New Farmers Academy, Cynthia is also a member of American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA), Livestock Conservancy, a licensed egg grader and industrial hemp grower. Though new to farming, she is considered the local poultry expert in the Nashville TN area and believes heritage poultry must be on the agricultural radar as entry level livestock.

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