Sunday, April 15, 2012

Iowa County Poultry seminar was great!

What a great launch for our Iowa County Poultry project. About 100 people came to our first seminar on Saturday, April 14, from every corner of our beautiful Iowa County, Wisconsin region.

If you would like to buy or even pre-order beautiful pasture raised poultry from our area, please contact me.

Also if you missed the seminar but would like to learn more, please get in touch.
This is a great opportunity to continue to develop an effective platform for local foods-based economic development. Our economic development organization is buying and renting a mobile poultry processing unit to help develop this opportunity.

We met many friends at the seminar who are going to start or expand local poultry flocks. There were also a number of people present who are interested in using the rental poultry processing equipment to start their own businesses offering poultry processing services to local farms.

Here is the list of topics that were covered in Saturday's seminar:

“Raising Meat Poultry for Fun and Profit

Selecting a Breed
How to Start Chicks
Food: Organic vs. Commercial
Raising Chickens for Market
Health Benefits
Economic Benefits
Financial Benefits
Making Portable Pens
Processing Chickens
Chicken Finance 101

The presentation was led by ICAEDC Board members Dr. Lorin Toepper, and Steve "The Slayer" Christianson, along with legendary local farmer John Adametz. John, owner of A to Z Percherons, near Highland, WI is a two-time world logging champion and has recently been named Midwest Horseman of the Year for 2012. On hand was another great Iowa County farmer Scott Palan who helped launch the project in 2011.

In John Adametz's portion of the presentation he bragged how he was promoted from being the designated "cleaner," to a "gutter," and finally an "eviscerator" without ever leaving his chair!

This great event was organized in large part by my good friend Beth Rosenthal. Thanks Beth!

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's Iowa County Poultry Processing seminar!


Iowa County Economic Development Poultry Project

A to Z Percherons. Congratulations 2012 Horseman of the Year John Adametz!

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