MM Livestock Co

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New Research Claims Roundup Ready Crops May Cause Animal Miscarriages

Here is an excerpt from Colleen Vanderlinden's article on Treehugger. Feb. 22, 2011 "Researchers claim Roundup Ready GE crops contain a previously unknown organism that has been shown to cause abortion in farm animals. The organism was detected only after researchers observed it using a 36,000x electron microscope. It is about the size of a virus. The scary part, IT CAN REPRODUCE! And possesses the rare ability to cause disease in both plants and animals." The research was performed by Dr Huber of Perdue University who is also a coordinator for the USDA National Plant Disease Recovery System. He wrote an open letter to Secretary Vilsack outlining the dangers, how it was discovered and urged an immediate moratorium on all RR crops. He States, "In Summary, because of the high titer of this new animal pathogen in Roundup Ready crops and its association with plant and animal diseases that are reaching epidemic proportions we request the USDA's participation in a multi-agency investigation and an immediate moratorium on the deregulation of Roundup Ready crops until the causal/predisposing relationship with glyphosate and or RR plants can be ruled out as a threat to crop and animal production and human health. It is urgent to examine whether the side-effects of glyphosate use may have facilitated the growth of this pathogen or allowed it to cause greater harm to weakened plant or animal hosts. It is well documented that glyphosate promotes soil pathogens and is already implicated in the increase of more than 40 plant diseases." "An organism able to reproduce and cause disease in both plants and animals. If it's able to cause infertility and miscarriage in farm animals that are in contact with it, one can only wonder: What is it doing to us?" This is probably the scariest finding in recent years in my opinion and we as a Country need to say NO! We Don't Want GMO's. This is a big BIG issue that needs to be addressed. Please write the USDA and urge them to take action on this issue and place a moratorium on deregulating GM crops. Be sure to visit our website Meg

More on Mouse

Mouse has been going with me in the truck like a big girl since she has her shots and is quite the character! She tries to do everything her mother does and then some. She already tries to work sheep and will be going to her new home in a couple of weeks. Today she and 2 brothers went to the Market. Angela swooped them up as soon as we pulled in and they spent the day at the flower stall. That girl has a blast socializing the pups and advertising the few that are still available. Mouse is famous for her "hi! Pet me! Got a cookie?" personality and comes home at the end of the market with new friends and at least 1 new toy. Today it was Bully Sticks and a Jacket! One of the other vendors brought her a coat (I know! Cow dogs don't get coats!) But Mouse says cow GIRL dogs need bling too! It's leather and won't fit for long but with her attitude the phrase "TOO COOL FOR OBEDIENCE SCHOOL" embroidered on it just seems to work. She is happy to see everyone and got her brother Slash to come out of his shell. He found his forever home today with a couple that do agility, cattle dog trialing, and fly ball. They are hot on this new breed and had seen the same cross in Wyoming. They're coming to see the rest of the litter before they start going to their homes. When we got home the pups went back in their yard and I swear they were telling the other pups about the days adventures! Cricket starts going with us tomorrow because mouse needs a buddy and Cricket needs a job. They get to hang out with sheep in the morning and watch the big dogs work Cow Calf Pairs in the afternoon. To keep up to date on Cricket and the crew follow their antics at Until then! Meg

Rain is coming

With rain coming this week and new babies EVERYWHERE the next couple of days are going to get a bit hectic. All the puppies have to get moved into the barn, huts put out for the lambs in the pasture, jugs secured for any lambs that come during the rains. The cattle will be fine as they have plenty of trees and high ground. Runoff is our biggest problem here and if the storm is close to what they are predicting we'll have rivers! So trenches are being dug to send the water out on the field instead of into the barnyard. Temporary fence is coming back out of the shop and Railroad Ties are going back across the drive to act as riffle dams and prevent erosion. The garden has to be covered and the hoops staked in. I'm tired just thinking about it! But that's farm life and I love it! Meg

The intersting side effect of cyber-stalking.

Many of you are aware of the vicious attacks we have been enduring over the last few months, both directly and via the internet. There has been an interesting side effect from all of this. People who read the nasty posts don't believe them and come by to see what all the fuss is about. The Lord does work in mysterious ways! We have gained friends and supporters we never would have had and I have even been approached to be part of a documentary because of all this. Wild huh? We still report every incident because it is after all a crime to harass and impersonate people. Thank you so much to all of our new friends and members. We value your support more than words can say! Meg 951-259-2072  

Shearing Day Farm to Table Feast

As many of you know we have an Open Farm Day and Educational Fair on shearing day every spring. This year we are adding a Farm to Table supper to our line up. Several of the chefs we supply as well as local produce growers have expressed interest in showcasing their offerings to the community. This year the proceeds will benefit Truly Local a Non Profit Certifying Agency that focuses on grass based production and provides farmers and ranchers the needed link to traceability and source verification. More on them later. As soon as Julie sends me the date that they will be here to shear I will pass on the date of the event. Plan to spend the day learning about Grass Fed Production, Range Management, Cooking Classes, and what to do with all that wool! Time to take the sheep out! Meg
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