Organic Centre Wales has produced a new technical guide entitled 'Organic poultry production for meat', funded through the Farming Connect Organic Development Programme.
The guide covers all the main aspects of production and processing, including feeding, breeds, brooding, growing the birds, range management, slaughtering and processing, gross margins and other financial data.
It is written by Steve Merritt from the Welsh Poultry Centre, Rebecca Kelly from the Organic Research Centre Elm Farm and Simon Moakes at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, and draws on over 15 years of practical experience, the latest research findings and the most recent financial data available.
Tony Little from Organic Centre Wales, who edited the guide, said: We have been receiving an increasing number of enquiries from people interested in producing organic table birds, including organic farmers diversifying into poultry, conventional farmers considering conversion and new entrants into farming. This guide is primarily aimed at people starting organic production for the first time, but I hope that more experienced producers will also find it useful.
The guide is available to downloadin Welsh or [poultry_guide_welsh.pdf::in English] or as bilingual hard copy from OCW from 19 April 2010.
Notes for editors
1. Organic Centre Wales is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government to provide information on organic food and farming to producers, food businesses, consumers and others. It is based at Aberystwyth University and run by a partnership consisting of the ADAS, the Organic Research Centre Elm Farm, and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University. See www.organiccentrewales.org.uk.
2. Farming Connect, working closely with its partner organisations, provides one to one support, knowledge, expertise, training and advisory services tailored to the needs of farmers in Wales. Many of these services are fully funded or subsidised and the service is both flexible and accessible. You can register with the Farming Connect Service Centre on 08456 000 813 or contact Farming Connect directly at your nearest WAG Divisional Office. OCW is funded by Farming Connect to deliver the Organic Development Programme.
3. The Organic Conversion Information Service (01970 622100) is funded by WAG to provide information to producers considering conversion an information pack and up to three free on-farm visits are available.