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RoosterGrassfed Beef: The Benefits and Opportunities in Grassfed Beef - Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture — University of Minnesota
This trifold brochure explains grass-fed beef and suggests resources for grass-fed beef producers about pasture, forage, and marketing.

Niche Meat Markets - Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture — University of Minnesota
This is a small list of businesses that market alternative meat products — meat that has been produced with methods other than conventional feedlots — and buy from Minnesota producers.

Grass-Fed Beef Notebook - Small Farm Institute
This handbook is a guide for farmers interested in developing a grass-fed beef operation. Find resources related to grazing management, processing, marketing, and more.

Forages for Swine - University of Missouri Extension
This publication outlines the benefits and disadvantages of pasture production of swine. Learn how to maximize these benefits and minimize the liabilities and costs associated with pasture production.

Pastured Poultry Resources - American Pastured Poultry Producers Association
This website includes access to a variety of sustainable poultry articles and resources, including an introduction getting started with pastured poultry.

Did the Locker Plant Steal Some of My Meat? - South Dakota State University
This guide will help determine how much meat to expect from a carcass. Examples are given for beef, pork, and lamb and can help you keep informed about how much your animal harvests should yield.

Demand for local food in rural communities is growing. Sustainable local food systems need to have strong community support to build and maintain the infrastructure needed to bring food from farm to fork. This website provides resources to support rural communities just beginning to build their community food systems as well as those whose local food systems are already strong. Resources are intended for farmers and producers, community organizations, and Extension Educators but may interest anyone in community and local foods. While this website was a partnership between Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, most resources are applicable for any rural community.

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