Setting up or expanding a pastured poultry and pigs enterprise
Across the UK, many farmers are working to reduce their dependence on soya. If you are thinking about setting up or expanding a pastured poultry enterprise this document will help highlight some of the things you will need to think about. It poses questions for you to consider rather than give specific blueprints for how to do it (because invariably every farm and farmer is different, and working within a different context). It is intended to cover all poultry species, whether for meat or eggs: chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, guinea fowl, etc. It is not an exhaustive list so keep an open mind and be prepared to gather information and knowledge from a variety of sources.
This document is intended for farmers looking to reduce their reliance on soya in pig systems, or as a jumping off point for those hoping to establish a new pastured pig operation. As can be seen from our diverse case studies, there is no singular approach to pastured pig management, and all four farms are continually making adjustments to improve their systems, whether by trialling new feed sources, altering their grazing rotations, or experimenting with different breeding.