Alpine chicken tour

How in the world can you manage a successful egg laying operation without trimming beaks, without feeding synthetic methionine, and by providing real outdoor access? Those are among the questions a group of organic livestock farmers went to Switzerland to answer.

From October 4-15, 2002, 25 Midwestern organic farmers took part in a tour of organic dairy and poultry farms and cheese processing facilities in Germany, northern Italy, and Switzerland.

This article focuses on organic poultry production in Switzerland, beginning with a visit to the FiBL research institute, just outside the lovely town of Frick.