The Livestock Conservancy
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.
 
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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.
 
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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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