University of California

2019 Workshop Series

2019 Workshop/Webinar Series

Join us for our workshop series in January-February 2019! 

Each of these 3-hour workshops cover a different aspect of beginning pastured/free-range poultry farming and include talks from various experts in the field. 

Join us at the UC Davis campus to connect with other beginning farmers and learn from our speakers! Workshops are $15/day with light refreshments provided. Please note that car parking on campus is $9/day.

If you are unable to join us in person, consider signing up for the webinar version of the course for $5/day. You will be provided a link to join us live and participate via a Zoom Video Conference.

Monday, January 7th, 2019:

Husbandry of Pastured Poultry (Dr. Maurice Pitesky):
This talk will focus on the basics of free-range and pastured poultry husbandry with respect to the interface between the coop and pasture, nutrition, predator control and space requirements. Dr. Maurice Pitesky is a veterinarian, faculty member at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and UC Cooperative Extension specialist. 
Common Diseases in Pastured Poultry and Prevention (Dr. Mark Bland):
This talk will focus on common viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases in pastured poultry (layers and broilers). Management, vaccination and prevention strategies will also be discussed. Dr. Mark Bland is a commercial poultry veterinarian with Cutler Associates International who is based in Sonoma California.
Pasture Management (Tim Mueller):
This talk will focus on the management of forage for pastured poultry. Tim Mueller of Riverdog Farm will speak about what they have learned on their farm in the Capay Valley through several years of planting and managing pasture for raising poultry, seeking both better poultry production and land use practices. 
Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 @ 4:30-7:30pm:
Coop Design (Dr. Todd Kelman):  
This talk will focus on design and material considerations for coops for small flocks raised in a free-range or pastured poultry environment. Dr. Todd Kelman is a veterinarian and engineer at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
Regulations (Ann Baier):
This talk will focus on regulations for free-range and pastured poultry and include resources for further information. Ann Baier is a sustainable and organic agriculture specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology. 
Economics and Marketing (farmer panel):
This round-table discussion will feature farmer speakers who will shed some light on what the economics of pastured poultry farming as well as some marketing techniques worked well (or not!) for their businesses. Guest speakers include Chris Hay from Say Hay Farm, Dan Jones from Islote Farms, Trini Campbell from Riverdog Farm, and Ross Shoop from St. John Family Farm.
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 @ 4:30-7:30pm:
Disease Prevention (Dr. Maurice Pitesky):
This talk will focus on methods of mitigating risk in free-range and pastured poultry production with a focus on biosecurity, vaccination and husbandry. Dr. Maurice Pitesky is a veterinarian, faculty member at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and UC Cooperative Extension specialist. 
Pastured Poultry Welfare (Dr. Richard Blatchford):
This talk will focus on the welfare considerations of raising poultry on pasture or free-ranged systems. Dr. Richard Blatchford is a faculty member at the UC Davis Department of Animal Science and UC Cooperative Extension Assistant Poultry Specialist
Thursday, January 31st, 2019 @ 4:30-7:30pm:
Alternative Species Overview (Marc Metzer):
This talk will focus on the basics of waterfowl commercial poultry production with a focus on small farms. Marc Metzer is the general manager of Metzer Farms in Gonzales, California. 
Duck Welfare Considerations (Dr. Maja Makagon):
This talk will address the relationship between ducks welfare assessment, management and health. Dr. Makagon is a faculty member in the Animal Science department at UC Davis who focuses on behavior, welfare and management of poultry. Her research investigates the ways in which poultry (mainly ducks, broilers and laying hens) interact with their managed environments and the implications that these interactions have on the birds' productivity and well-being.
Friday, February 8th, 2019 @ 4:30-7:30pm:
Poultry Nutrition Basics (Dr. James Hermes):
This talk will discuss poultry nutrition with a focus on some of the challenges of pastured and free-range poultry. Dr. James Hermes is a faculty member at Oregon State University who focuses on poultry production and nutrition. 
Egg Quality:
This talk will focus on how to evaluate table eggs internally and externally in order to ensure egg quality.  
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