Re: Sustainable livestock production
Margaret Merrill (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wed, 9 Oct 96 12:30:01 EDT
> This is a message of general inquiry...
> 1. With beef prices depressed as they are, how are sustainable ag
> operations of the various "stripes" (fully organic, lower input, appropriate
> input, etc) faring economically?
> 2. Have counties or states taken action to match livestock production to
> land capacity to receive manures? Are there any specific examples?
> 3. Are there examples of "enlightened accommodation and cooperation"
> between animal agriculture and expanding urban/suburban development
> that anyone could share?
This is more of an observation than hard facts, but perhaps
others on the list will be able to confirm or deny it. All of
the organic/ecological livestock producers I know or know about
sell direct to the consumer. The low market price for beef has
not changed their prices because they are basically not part of
the existing commercial market structure. High prices for
grain are much more likely to affect their prices.
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