Winter Production of Pastured Broilers Using A Portable Hoophouse and Winter Annual Pastures

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2008: $6,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2011
Region: North Central
State: Missouri
Project Coordinator:
Curtis Millsap
Millsap Farm

Annual Reports


  • Animals: poultry


  • Animal Production: grazing management, housing, winter production
  • Farm Business Management: community-supported agriculture

    Proposal summary:

    Our intent is to explore the feasibility of raising pastured poultry in deep bedding in a portable hoophouse with portable electrified poultry netting on a winter pasture mix of rye, vetch, wheat, and rape. If successful, this will provide a fresh, high quality pastured broiler for local markets at a time of the year when most growers are selling frozen birds from November harvests, plus a timely source of fertility for our market garden.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.