Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Meet the animals at Footsteps Farm

We are getting really excited about our Humane and Sustainable Livestock workshop! Craig Floyd, the farmer at Footsteps Farm sent us some pictures to share of their operation! Footsteps is "Certified Humane" which means the animals were raised and handled in a way that meets the Humane Farm Animal Care Standards which include a nutritious diet without antibiotics or hormones, animals raised with shelter, resting areas, sufficient space and the ability to engage in natural behaviors.
One of the pigs "Auntie" decides to take a bath.
Footsteps has laying hens and heritage breed turkeys.
All the animals are on open pasture and rotational grazing is employed
Scottish Highlander Cattle

Chickens are pastured in mobile coops
Footsteps Farm has "Large Shireworth" pigs, but they aren't so large in these photos.
Here is a Shireworth sow with her young piglets.

These cold frames made from old windows keep the chicks warm!
Craig bottle feeds a calf named Anna
For more information, visit our website or read the Stonington Patch article. You can register online or call the office at 203-888-5146.  The cost is $20 for Beginning Farmers (10 years or fewer of experience) and members and $30 for non-members.

We are planning a couple of other exciting livestock workshops including backyard chickens and poultry farming, once we have firm dates and locations we'll let you know!

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