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Turkey Chat with Richard Schock

Turkey Chat with Richard Schock

November 22, 2022
Special Guest Richard Schock joins Jeannette Beranger and Brittany Sweeney to talk turkey.
 
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Richard grew up in Boonville, N.C. with his grandparents and received his first turkeys at age 10, including a Bronze turkey tom as a Christmas present. He has shown turkeys at several shows in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Florida, and North Carolina, and holds the titles of Grand Master Exhibitor and American Poultry Association (APA) Judge. Richard now breeds primarily Black Sumatra and Black Minorca chickens and Bronze and Narragansett turkeys. He also maintains a small herd of Ankole Watusi cattle on his farm, where he also grows Crepe Myrtles and other woody plants.
 
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Turkey Chat with Christine Heinrichs

Turkey Chat with Christine Heinrichs

November 8, 2022
Special Guest author Christine Heinrichs joins Jeannette Beranger and Brittany Sweeney to chat about updates to The Livestock Conservancy's heritage breed turkey manual, "How to Raise Heritage Breed Turkeys on Pasture," during this pre-recorded session. You can find the first edition of the manual on The Livestock Conservancy's website at https://app.etapestry.com/.../livesto.../default/item.php.... The second edition will be available in early 2023.
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Christine Heinrichs writes from her home on California’s Central Coast. She keeps a backyard flock of a dozen hens, seven large fowl of various breeds, and five bantams.
 
Her book, "How to Raise Chickens," was first published in 2007, just as the local food movement was starting to focus attention on the industrial food system. "How to Raise Poultry" and "The Backyard Field Guide to Chickens" followed. Both books are now out of print, but available on the APA website, https://amerpoultryassn.com/store/, as well as Amazon and other websites. "How To Raise Chickens" is available at Tractor Supply stores as well as independent bookstores and online.
 
Christine holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon and belongs to several professional journalism and poultry organizations.
 
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Gate to Plate Myotonic Goat Chat with Renard Turner

Gate to Plate Myotonic Goat Chat with Renard Turner

October 18, 2022

Special Guest Renard Turner of Vanguard Ranch Natural Gourmet joins Cindra Kerscher and Brittany Sweeney to chat about the process of moving Myotonic meat goats from pasture to consumer. 

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Renard Turner was born into a career Air Force family. When his father was stationed in California at Travis Air Force base, he attended Armijo High School in Fairfield, California, where he was introduced to vocational agriculture. He later went on to study agricultural science and engineering, including in-depth histories of all commercially raised domestic livestock breeds, cattle, sheep, horses, swine, and poultry. He loved it, so much so that during this time, Renard also participated in livestock judging contests as a member of The Future Farmers of America.

Renard’s passion for agriculture remains to this day. He and his wife Chinette own Vanguard Ranch (https://vanguard-ranch-natural-gourmet.com/) in central Virginia, where they have raised registered Horned Dorset sheep, Karakul sheep, Kiko goats, Spanish goats and horses. Currently they raise Myotonic goats, white utility king squabs, and organic herbs and vegetables. He is passionate about conservation and responsible breeding of functional animals. To Renard, the old genetics are special and must be preserved.

Big thank you to Manna Pro for sponsoring Goat Chats this month! Learn more about how Manna Pro is Nurturing Life at https://www.mannapro.com/promotions/nurturing-life-2022. 

Spanish Goat Chat with Dr. Phil Sponenberg

Spanish Goat Chat with Dr. Phil Sponenberg

October 4, 2022

Special Guest Dr. Phil Sponenberg joins Cindra Kerscher and Brittany Sweeney to talk about the past, present, and future of Spanish goats.

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D. Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, Ph.D., is Professor of Pathology and Genetics at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech University. His breed conservation endeavors include technical advisor for The Livestock Conservancy as well as extensive work in Latin America. This work has been pivotal in saving several endangered livestock breeds.

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Donkey Training Chat with Rachel Ann Karneffe

Donkey Training Chat with Rachel Ann Karneffe

September 26, 2022
Special guest Rachel Ann Karneffel of Hee-haw Halfway House Donkey Rescue chats with Charlene Couch and Brittany Sweeney about training donkeys.
 
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In addition to running the rescue, Rachel is the author of "Starting the Saddle Donkey." She is also a donkey trainer and may give us all a sneak peek at her two mini-donkey foals! Find out more about Hee-Haw Halfway House Donkey Rescue on their website, https://www.heehawhalfwayhouse.com/
 
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Poitou Donkey Chat with Natasha Sprengers-Levine

Poitou Donkey Chat with Natasha Sprengers-Levine

September 20, 2022

Special Guest Natasha Sprengers-Levine from Blue Wood Farm and Vineyards (https://bluewoodfarm.com), chats with Charlene Couch and Brittany Sweeney about critically-endangered Poitou donkeys nutrition and reproduction.

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Natasha Sprengers-Levine is the COO of STRIDER, the largest equestrian bookings platform and software services provider for the horse industry. She is a United States Pony Club graduate and USDF Silver and Bronze Medalist who holds a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Vermont, where she was captain of the Dressage Team. Natasha currently operates a dressage training business at Blue Wood Farm & Vineyard in Verbank, NY where she also oversees the care and management of her family’s four Poitou donkeys. Blue Wood Farm has been home to Poitou donkeys since 2011 and successfully foaled out a jenny in 2018.

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Marketing Monday with Dayna Burtness

Marketing Monday with Dayna Burtness

August 22, 2022

Special Guest Dayna Burtness of Nettle Valley Farm (https://www.nettlevalleyfarm.com/) joins Brittany Sweeney and Samantha Gasson from FACT (foodanimalconcernstrust.org) to chat about niche marketing and creating a community around your farm.

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Dayna Burtness farms full time at Nettle Valley Farm and does most of the day to day farm management and livestock care. She grew up near the Twin Cities but is actually part of the the 6th generation in her family to farm in Houston County, MN. Nettle Valley Farm is a 70 acre farm in Spring Grove, MN, where Dayna and her partner Nick Nguyen raise pastured pork and try to increase the resilience and biodiversity of the land they steward, be good neighbors, and pay it forward whenever they can. ​

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Cayuga Duck Chat with Jon Alden

Cayuga Duck Chat with Jon Alden

August 16, 2022

Welcome to Duck Chats! Special Guest Jon Alden, Breeding Flock Manager at Hoover's Hatchery (https://hoovershatchery.com/), joins Jeannette Beranger and Brittany Sweeney to chat about Cayuga ducks, listed as Watch on the Conservation Priority List.

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Growing up on a small farm in central Illinois, Jon first got into chicks when he bought his first 12 from the local farm store, which quickly turned into 20 chickens, and a few ducks. His passion for poultry quickly expanded to more birds, leading him to attend the University of Arkansas, pursuing a degree in Poultry Science. From there Jon worked at a couple other poultry outfits before joining Hoover’s Hatchery in 2018, where he oversees all the breeders at Hoover’s while working to expand our selection to include more variety that we believe will appeal to our customers.

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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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