Counties of interestCarbon, Fallon, Lewis & Clark, Sanders, Yellowstone
Planned OperationLarge Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry)
Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersAgriculture-related college degree, Farm/Crop management (over 3 years)
Land TenureBuy/Sell, Lease
Briefly describe your current occupation(s) and responsibilities and list previous agricultural employment and experiences. If you are currently farming or ranching, please state the size, type(s), and location of the operation.I currently manage the UC Davis Swine Center and own and operate a grass-fed lamb business that markets directly to consumer the Sacramento Valley. Since I graduated college I have managed commercial sow farms in Iowa and been a pasture and calf ranch/maternity barn manager on an organic dairy. The dairy also had 50,000 pastured laying hens and I was a consultant on the operation as I have a poultry management minor.
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.I would like to have a diverse farm with many livestock species; specifically poultry, sheep, pigs and beef cattle. All the animals will be raised on pasture utilizing management intensive grazing techniques. I plan on marketing the products to local consumers as well as having an online store with the ability to ship anywhere in the country.
If you are interested in another type of business arrangement, please explainMy wife, three children and I currently live in California, but would like to relocate to one of the mountain states. We are opening to purchasing a farm, leasing for a year or two with the ultimate objective of purchasing the farm we would be leasing.
Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:I would need to learn the local markets for pasture based meats. I would also have to become familiar with poultry and meat processing laws in Montana.
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Elaborate on the farming practices you plan on using.I plan to use management intensive grazing practices that will regenerate the soil and keep animals healthy. I do believe that sick animals should be treated with antibiotics.