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09 Mar · Tue 2010
Premium American Lamb Offerings for Easter, at Great American Lamb Company [Read More]
Posted by Ben @ 04:38 AM EST
Fourteenth Blog From the Sheep Farmer at Shady Hill Farms.
Producing Premium American Lamb and Heirloom Quality 100% Virgin Wool Blankets, also World Class Sheep Breeding Stock.In Northeast Ohio.[Read More]
Posted by Ben @ 03:27 AM EST
02 Nov · Mon 2009
This is the Thirteenth Blog From the Sheep Farmer at Shady Hill Farms.
We are ShadyHillFarms.com
We supply Great American Lamb Company.
As I explained to a neighbor the other evening, at a Halloween Party, we welcome all visitors.
We have nothing to hide at Shady Hill farms, and in fact we take great pride in our farm, our traditional farming methods, and our livestock.
Many farmers and farm organizations today are quite worried about "animal rights activists," and "the media."
Many farmers frankly feel that how they farm is their business, and no one elses, and that what they do on their farm should be kept out of public view.
We take issue with that approach.
We are proud of our farm, our traditional farming methods, and our livestock.
We feel that the more consumers know about how we farm, and how we produce a truly superior product, the more they will want to support us and our farm and the more they will want to purchase our premium products.
So bring on the visitors! Bring on the media.
Visit us, learn about us, know us.
We hope you will like what you see!
Posted by Ben @ 03:03 PM EST
29 Oct · Thu 2009
We are Shady Hill Farms, Ltd.
Exclusive suppliers of premium all natural family farm produced lamb, beef and pork to Great American Lamb Company
We construe sustainability to include making the most of what we have.
Here's a real life example.
Prior farm help saddled us with used hay equipment that, plain and simple, wpuild not tie a single bale of hay.
Junk it! Some said.Cut it loose!
We have decided, instead, to make the most of what we have working with neighbors to refurbish the equipment to either bale hay or sell the equipment in 2010.
Just received a bill for $480 for repairs to the (antique) hay rake.
Probably well worth it when you consider that the (antique but now completely refurbished) hay rake will rake our hay as well as a new hay rake would.
At Shady Hill Farms, we make the most of what we have.
That includes hay equipment that we never wanted but are now saddled with.
Repair, refurbish, and then roll with it!
Better farming: Better Lamb!
Posted by Ben @ 07:59 PM EDT
28 Oct · Wed 2009
This is the Eleventh Blog From the Sheep Farmer at Shady Hill farms, Ltd. in Newbury, Ohio.
Visit us at ShadyHillFarms.com and or GreatAmericanLambCompany.com
I am reminded that what we do at Shady Hill farms is renewable and sustainable, all natural.
But sometimes on a day like today (!) also wet and dirty.
It is raining at Shady Hill Farms today and as grass farmers we always welcome moisture.Moisture produces grass and grass produces our livestock.
We are spreading manure at Shady Hill Farms today, too, which is long overdue from the standpoint of eliminating the piles which are an eyesore and a breeding grounds for flies and other vermin.Our fields need this abundant all natural soil additive and fertilizer.
But out spreading manure in the rain is both wet and dirty!
No matter we will continue and wrap this up before Winter.
Posted by Ben @ 03:47 PM EDT
27 Oct · Tue 2009
This is the Tenth Blog From the Sheep Farmer at Shady Hill Farms, Ltd. in Newbury, Ohio.
Our premium all natural family farm produced lamb is available at GreatAmericanLambCompany.com.Also sheep skins and heirloom quality 100% virgin wool blankets.
So far there is no indication that anyone reads this blog but we will carry on.
We have had challenges at Shady Hill in 2009, and in addressing all of them I am reminded of the inviolate law of the farm: what you sew you shall reap.
In farming, but also in life in general, one reaps or harvests what one sews or plants.
Our problems are of our own making.
Taking responsibility for our problems, for the issues which challenge us, enables us to address these problems and issues and to build a better future than the past.
I celebrate all of this, that by accepting full and complete responsibility for our problems and issues we can address them and we can build a future that is better than the past.
I'd provide a real life example of this from Shady Hill's today, but am out of blog space.
Posted by Ben @ 06:08 PM EDT
16 Oct · Fri 2009
This is the Ninth Blog from the Sheep farmer at Shady Hill farms, Ltd.
Our premium all natural American lamb and our Heirloom Quality 100% Virgin Wool Blankets are available only through GreatAmericanLambCompany.com
Sheep skins too, machine washable.
Our sheep are dual purpose, producing premium meat and wool products also sheep skins.
We honor our sheep and our family farm by producing and selling both product lines direct to the discriminating consumer.
Our meat products are hand cut, vacuum packed and flash frozen.
Our blankets are produced using traditional methods in an historic and authentic woolen mill.
We will share more about both product lines in future blogs.
Cold weather and right now folks clamor for the meats used in slow cooking, the shanks and stews especially.And they clamor for the blankets which are warm and toasty!
Posted by Ben @ 05:06 PM EDT
14 Oct · Wed 2009
This is the Eighth Blog From the Sheep Farmer at Shady Hill Farms, Ltd., of Newbury, Ohio.
Better farming: better lamb! That is the motto\ tagline of our affiliated meat and woolen goods business, GreatAmericanLambCompany.com
Check them out, and check us out at ShadyHillFarms.com
At our Farm we use manure and compost in stead of chemical fertlizers.
The manure is well composted as we clean the barns and pile the manure, it composts further in the piles.
Carcasses are also composted.
In the Fall of the year, when the growing season is over and the fields are readied for the long Winter In Northeast Ohio, we blanket the fields with composted manure and with compost.
We return nutrients to the soil in this manner, paving the way for a bountiful crop of grasses in the Spring to come.
This is suatainable agriculture at its best, manure and compost in lieu of chemical fertilizers.
The livestock will come to the barns soon, to lamb and to wait out the Winter.With the manure hauled the barns and clean and disinfected with lime and bedded with clean and fresh straw.So welcoming!
Posted by Ben @ 10:28 PM EDT
28 Sep · Mon 2009
This is the Seventh Blog from the Sheep Farmer at Shady Hill Farms.
Shady Hill Farms does not sell meats and other products (sheep skins, heirloom quality 100% virgin wool blankets) to the public but its affiliate, GreatAmericanLambCompany.com, does.
Better Farming: Better Lamb! is more than a tag line or motto to us.
Truth is we do our level best for our sheep every day at Shady Hill Farms.
Our overall goal is to provide the ideal environment for our good sheep, for if we take care of them they will take care of us.
Lush pastures.A clean barn.Fresh straw.Rich hay.Whole grains.Fresh air and plenty of room to move about and roam.In our experience these are all key ingredients to a healthy environment for our sheep.
We watch our sheep carefully, and if one has a health issue or problem we do our best to diagnose the issue or problem and to promptly treat it.Our veterinarian is on call to help us to do that using the best methods and the latest technologies.
But, overall, prevention is better than the cure and a healthy environment and a balanced ration will prevent 99 of 100 issues or problems.
That (and superior genetics)is what we mean by better farming: better lamb. lamb.
Posted by Ben @ 03:59 PM EDT
17 Sep · Thu 2009
This is the sixth blog from the sheep farmer at Shady Hill Farms.
Our premium all natural family farm produced lamb product is available only through GreatAmericanLambCompany.com
Better Farming: Better Lamb!
This blog is about getting it right every time.
This is harvest time and we have lambs to harvest.
But do we fill the trailer, do we take a full load?????
There would be good reasons to do that, to empty the barn and the pastures quickly and to achieve some real economies of scale on hauling of lambs and of product by the full trailer.
But we do not operate that way.
We take only the lambs that are at 12 o clock to harvest, only those lambs that are at market weight and in market condition.And we do not take lambs that are sick or undergoing antibiotic or other treatment to harvest.
That means that this week maybe 8 lambs go, or 9 or 10.Not the 20 to 30 that most folks would want to take.
Like I said at the start of this blog it is all about getting it right all the time, quality control down on the farm even if it costs us.
And benefits our customers.
Posted by Ben @ 09:13 PM EDT
16 Sep · Wed 2009
At Shady Hill Farms we support transparency in farming.
GreatAmericanLambCompany: Better Farming: Better Lamb!
Posted by Ben @ 08:47 PM EDT
14 Sep · Mon 2009
This past weekend one of our Polled Dorset ewes aborted.
What did we do to respond, to address this issue which threatens our lamb crop?
Did we rush in syringe in hand and administer this and that? Did we shoot first and ask questions later as so many would do, and as so many do?
No, we proceeded in accordance with our own view of best practices.
We consulted with our attending veterinarian over the weekend.
We retrieved and preserved the aborted tissue, and sent it to a lab for extensive testing first thing today.
We'll invest our resources to determine and understand what caused the abortion, if possible.Only then will we administer vaccines or other medications to our ewes, if warranted.
Situtions like this remind us that we must always adhere to our own view of best practices, we need to invest our resources to determine what happened and how best to respond, for the long term benefit of our farm and our livestock.
That's our own view of best practices.
And we certainly will not administer medications unless we have determined that doing so is in the best interest of our farm, our livestock, and our customers.
Posted by Ben @ 03:37 PM EDT
11 Sep · Fri 2009
Shady Hill Farms produces better lamb through better farming and .....NATURALLY! [Read More]
Posted by Ben @ 09:03 PM EDT [ Comments  ]
Second Blog from the Sheep Farmer [Read More]
Posted by Ben @ 03:59 PM EDT
30 Aug · Sun 2009
The First Blog from the Sheep Farmer at Shady Hill Farms in Newbury, Ohio.SHF supplies Great American Lamb Company which uses the apt tag line Better Farming: Better Lamb![Read More]
Posted by Ben @ 09:50 PM EDT