I am a recent Oregon State graduate with a degree in Agricultural Sciences looking for land to start a pastured poultry enterprise. It is my desire to replicate something similar to the Joel Salatin style of movable chicken tractors which are moved to fresh pasture each day. I plan to initially sell these birds directly to customers and restaurants before moving into high end grocers or farmers markets. I am interested in being mentored by a farmer and possibly forming a partnership so I can gain a deeper understanding of how to run and scale up a small farm enterprise. Further information available on request.
The chickens will need water in each of the movable structures and they will need pasture to be moved over daily.
My farming experience stems from my time studying agriculture at OSU, personal backyard gardening, as well as experience scouting blueberries, hazelnuts, and hemp. My knowledge pertaining to small scale poultry comes mainly from reading and listening to podcasts about the various methods of production and I have based most of my business plans on information from these sources.
My short-term plan would begin with setting in place the infrastructure needed to kickstart the poultry enterprise and begin marketing and building a customer base. The first year I am hoping to raise around 1000 birds and break even while laying the groundwork for a new business. As the customer base grows and demand expands more infrastructure will be used to scale up production and steps will be taken to streamline the process. New customers might create a demand for other products such as other meat animals or even row crops.
After 5 years a solid customer base should be in place and be mostly composed of direct to consumer sales as well as those to restaurants and high end grocers. Customer demand could shift the business in a variety of different directions including expanding the crops being grown on farm, the methods of production, or even how much the enterprise is self sufficient (growing feed, on farm slaughter, etc...)
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