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AGWEEK LIVESTOCK TOUR

Even if it's not a lucrative venture, the hobby of raising rabbits continues at this farm near Sebeka, Minnesota.
Ferndale raises its turkeys free range and with no antibiotics, a rarity in the nation’s No. 1 turkey producing state. Birds will be outdoors from some time in April right up the big rush of processing right before the Thanksgiving holiday.
On land that was farmed as a dairy for over 50 years, Tiffany Tripp and Andy Olson run Graise Farm, where they raise a few hundred ducks for eggs, chickens for eggs and farrow-to-finish pastured pork.
Beef producer Ed Melroe of Kulm, North Dakota, is among the producers who say the current times continue to be unsustainable for cow-calf producers and feeders. The Hellwig family that operates Hub City in Aberdeen, South Dakota, describes the big numbers of animals they are dealing with, and that even with higher prices producers are hit with the cost-price squeeze.

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The Agweek livestock tour continues with a visit to a Brocket, N.D., sheep operation that's off to an excellent start this lambing season. And nationwide, there's reason for optimism for the sheep industry overall.
Olsen Custom Farms of Hendricks, Minn., has constructed a 14-acre site for making “humus compost” from the farm’s 3,500-head confinement beef custom feedlot near Toronto, S.D. The idea is to improve crop yields yields while replacing synthetic fertilizers, all while reducing a carbon footprint. The company believes it will be smart to get ahead of federal policies that likely will influence farm nutrient practices.

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