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The mobile poultry slaughterhouse under construction. Photo courtesy <a href="">North Country Pastured</a>
The mobile poultry slaughterhouse under construction. Photo courtesy North Country Pastured

Chicken processors nearly on line

Almost ten years ago, a visiting speaker at St. Lawrence University planted a seed. Economist Michael Shuman told an audience that farmers could jolt the North Country economy by producing a lot more meat. "You have a lot more room to produce your own beef cows," Shuman told the Burt Symposium in 2003. "You could produce a lot more of your own pigs. And chickens are not even in the game."

Community leaders have recalled that advice, to have the thousands of local residents who eat chicken buy it from a local farm, many times since.

The idea is about to bear fruit. The first USDA certified poultry slaughterhouses in the North Country are nearly set to begin production.  Go to full article
Photo: Wikipedia.
Photo: Wikipedia.

Natural Selections: more about bird eggs

This week, Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager continue their discussion about eggs, exploring the color and shape of birds' eggshells, from green, white and brown to pointy and ovoid.  Go to full article

Avian Flu on the Farm

An outbreak of avian flu in the North Country could devastate both large-scale poultry farms and backyard chicken coops. Anita Demming is with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County. She told David Sommerstein there are few big poultry operations in the region. One is Giroux Farms in Clinton County. Demming says the chickens are kept in enclosed barns to reduce the chance of them contracting the disease.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: The Egg

Dr. Curt Stager talks with Martha Foley about the origins and architecture of that great natural invention--the egg--which came, by the way, long before the chicken.  Go to full article

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