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  1. @Old Prospector - Totally agree. We have a pretty strong market here for goat meat, which is helpful. You can make a bit more selling from the farm, but sale barn prices have been strong and rising for the last several years here as well. I'm going to try to market the best bucklings as replacement breeder bucks to try and get a few extra dollars, and probably whether a couple and grow out to a bit larger size to put in the freezer. Any remaining will be sold for meat. Our long term plan is to continue to breed our herd up to "purebred" kikos, and sell registered breeders. We'll always have lots of culls to deal with though, so we'll be in the meat business still too.
  2. We finally had time this Spring to finish fencing a couple of smaller pastures on the farm, so we recently added 6 goats, with more to come. Five of them are does/doelings. One is a whether. Four of them are young Boer doelings. Two are Myotonics (fainters)... one a 2 year old doe and one a 2 year old whether that came for "free" (in other words we had to take him) with the myotonic doe. We will be acquiring several purebred New Zealand Kiko does/doelings and a purebred Kiko buck soon. The Kiko buck will be the herd sire. This will primarily be a small meat goat operation, and we'll also be providing some commercial and registered purebred breeders. I've done primarily dairy goats in the past, and I'll probably add a dairy doe or two eventually, but not right now. It's been a long time since I've kept goats. I have to say, it's been a lot of fun already. I missed watching the ridiculousness that only goats are capable of demonstrating. Just finished some hoof trimming, CDT vaccinations for everyone, and did a few dewormings. Everyone appears to be acclimating well to their new digs. I'll try to add some pictures in the next few days.
  3. Nice! We have had 6 kids (3 sets of twins) so far from our does. Unfortunately, 5 out of 6 are bucklings. I was hoping for a good crop of doelings this year to add to the herd. I have 3 more does left to kid, and they should be birthing within the next 3-5 days hopefully. There better be a lot of girls this next round!
  4. Nice! Though, I'm hoping you don't have to bottle feed. We are considering adding some hair sheep this year for meat. I like katahdins alot, so that's the breed we'll probably go with here, but Spælsau sheep look like really hardy animals too.
  5. A set of twin bucklings were born today. 50% Kiko and 50% Boer mix.
  6. Our primary kidding season is here! Some of the does could begin dropping kids as soon as this weekend. Going to be a fun 3 or so weeks coming up!
  7. I'm not involved, but I believe they are using tilapia from my hatchery (sold through Allied Aqua) and Chris at Allied has sold some equipment/supplies to them. HOK is a major global engineering and architecture firm. They are especially well known for the huge sports stadiums they design. Polsinelli is a very large law firm with huge corporate clients. Barkley ad agency is a major advertising and marketing firm with loads of big corp clients. Assuming these companies are legitimate partners and not just loosely affiliated and being used for name dropping, the project has some impressive backing. It'll be interesting.
  8. KC urban aquaponics project hooks business support Mar 27, 2017, 7:41am CDT A Kansas City project to raise fish and vegetables in an urban food desert is netting support from area businesses. Nile Valley Aquaponics celebrated its grand opening on Friday. The project, at 29th Street and Wabash Avenue in Kansas City, is designed as a self-sustaining system in which tilapia are raised in tanks, with waste in the water used to fertilize vegetables. Products would be sold locally and the project would add jobs in the inner city. At the grand opening, Tony McGrail, an HOK project architect, unveiled a million-dollar expansion that would add buildings and double Nile Valley's harvest to 120,000 pounds a year, according to The Kansas City Star. A fundraising campaign is underway. Project leader Dre Taylor said he's also receiving assistance from the Barkley advertising agency and law firm Polsinelli PC. Taylor told the Star it was "the best team money can't buy, because I don't have any money." Read More:
  9. Great to hear from you Dave!
  10. Aquaponics project gets funding WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – Christmas came early for one organization in Mingo County. At 11 a.m. Thursday morning, U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) held a special press conference at the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority in Williamson on the Aquaponics on AML project funding which was announced this past Wednesday. He was joined by Mingo County Redevelopment Authority (MCRA) Executive Director Leasha Johnson, Refresh Appalachia President Ben Gilmer, Coalfield Development Corporation Chief Executive Officer Brandon Dennison, Dr. Christopher “Dino” Beckett, Mingo County Commissioner Diann Hannah, Kermit Mayor Charles Sparks, Mingo County Grant Writer Leigh Ann Ray, Delegate Justin Marcum, Senator Mark Maynard and several other invited guests. “The Mingo County Redevelopment Authority and Refresh Appalachia are extremely grateful for the opportunity to develop such an innovative project that will promote long term sustainable agricultural initiatives. Without the support of Congressman Jenkins and the West Virginia DEP’s Abandoned Mine Lands Division, this project would have been nothing more than a dream, but through their leadership and support, we’re better positioned to diversify our rural economy and to create employment opportunities in coal impacted communities,” said Leasha Johnson, Executive Director of the MCRA. Read more:
  11. "The project will receive nearly $3.6 million in federal funding to build an aquaponics farm in Kermit, allowing them to grow sustainable, commercial quantities of fish and vegetables. The project’s goal is to grow sustainable food while employing displaced workers. It is a collaboration among the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority, Coalfield Development Corporation and Refresh Appalachia." WOW! That's a lot of taxpayer money.
  12. How would you do it? Where might you do it? What techniques would you employ? No wrong answers here. Just a chance to share our own ideas.
  13. Hi @ande - Sorry you're having upload difficulties. Can you explain the problem you are having to me? Thanks!
  14. We've had a lot of new picture albums added to the Gallery here lately. Many times these go relatively unnoticed, as we all tend to focus just on the forum discussions, so I thought I'd mention @markor58's album for you guys to take a look at. Good stuff. Check it out here: Any member albums you guys find interesting? If so, please feel free to share them!
  15. Hello Everyone, I have setup a new section on the website, currently called "Downloads" in the main menu (Direct link is While it is still a bit of a work in progress, we intend for this to be a place where we can upload files (primarily pdf files) to share with the community. It will basically serve as our own digital library for reference materials and other tools and utilities. I imagine we will probably be changing the name of the section to something a bit more descriptive than just "downloads" eventually. Over the next several weeks, the Mod Team will be adding many, many files. We invite you to do the same if you have something in particular you think would be of value to the community. All registered users can submit files, and they will become visible once approved by a Moderator. Please be sure you are authorized to share any material, based on its copyright or other related permissions, prior to uploading. If you have any questions about the new downloads section, please feel free to post them here. We're happy to help. Thanks and enjoy!
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    Fish Increase Greenhouse Profits An aquaculture study in North Carolina shows that fish and vegetables can be good companion crops. By Doug Sanders and Mark McMurtry February 1988
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    Aquaculture in Greenhouses: Fish and Vegetables Grow Together by Dr. Mark R. McMurtry This article was featured in NCSU Research Perspectives 7:3
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    IAVS Folio Reprints from Inside Dr. Mark R. McMurtry's Research Greenhouse by Dr. Mark R. McMurtry This document includes numerous photos of the inside of Dr. McMurtry's research greenhouse, the growbeds, plants, fish and more. Some production data concerning both plants and fish is also included, as well as some growth rate data pertaining to the tilapia.
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    Food Value, Water Use Efficiency, and Economic Productivity of an Integrated Aquaculture-Olericulture System as Influenced by Tank to Biofilter Ratio M.R. McMurtry, D.C. Sanders, B.C. Haning, and P.C. St. Amand Includes the original text as well as supporting data tables. (2 documents)
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    Sand Culture of Vegetables Using Recirculated Aquaculture Effluents M.R. McMurtry, P.V. Nelson, D.C. Sanders, L. Hodges Department of Horticulture Science North Carolina State University This appeared in Applied Agricultural Research Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 280-284
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    Yield of Tomato Irrigated with Recirculating Aquaculture Water M.R. McMurtry, D.C. Sanders, R.P. Patterson, A. Nash Featured in Journal of Production Agriculture, Vol. 6, no. 3, 1993
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    Yield of Tomato Irrigated with Recirculating Aquaculture Water M.R. McMurtry, D.C. Sanders, R.P. Patterson, A. Nash Featured in Journal of Production Agriculture, Vol. 6, no. 3, 1993
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    Water Quality Maintenance and Mineral Assimilation by Plants Influence Growth of Hybrid Tilapia in Culture with Vegetable CropsM.R. McMurtry, R.G. Hodson and D.C. Sanders University of North Carolina Sea Grant College Program and Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695 This is a multi-file document. Please download all associated files for proper cross referencing. Main Document: J. WAS 94 Text_alpha Cit.pdf Supporting data, tables and figures: J. WAS 94 Tables.pdf J. WAS 94 Table 3 final.pdf J. WAS 94 Figures.pdf
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    A handy little reference chart for sizing your plumbing in a new or existing system.
  25. North Florida aquaponics grower expands operations Traders Hill Farm LLC, a north Florida aquaponics operation, has expanded and plans to eventually supply lettuce to customers throughout the East Coast. The Hilliard, Fla.-based company began as a science project but now supplies Jacksonville, Fla., area small- to mid-sized retailers and upscale restaurants and country clubs more than 135,000 pounds of romaine lettuce, kale, basil and swiss chard a year. In late September, Traders Hill finished construction of a 40,000-square-foot greenhouse adjacent to its 10,000 -quare-foot operation. By late November, it plans to begin harvesting from the new building which is expected to quadruple production capacity and allow it to ship to a larger customer base with new produce lines, said founder Angela TenBroeck. Continued: