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More AcresSource: Congressman Devin Nunes
Devin Nunes (R-CA) and 25 of his House colleagues called on President
Barack Obama to release willing farmers from their Conservation Reserve
Program (CRP) contracts in order to produce additional grain. With
Americans facing rising food prices and government officials predicting
the possibility of grain shortages, immediate action is necessary to
enhance U.S. production. (see letter here)
“Americans deserve a government that plans for the future. That
means responding to threats of grain shortages, not just predicting
them. Releasing some land from CRP contract will provide an infusion of
additional production that is desperately needed. It’s a decision the
President can make and one he should act upon as quickly as possible,”
said Rep. Devin Nunes.
Record Production / Falling Stocks
In 2011, grain production in the United States is expected to cover 92
million acres – one of the largest plantings in more than 50 years.
Yet despite this enormous production, domestic supplies of grains are
falling at the fastest rate ever recorded by the United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA). Meanwhile, U.S. consumer food prices
(for proteins) have risen by 6.8% in the past year, more than triple
inflation. The costs of staple commodities are rising at an alarming
rate, threatening the weakened U.S. economy but also pushing struggling
families beyond their limits.
Global demand for grains has soared and various national and
international agencies are predicting that shortages are likely. As a
result, many nations are stockpiling reserves. Throughout Asia and the
developing world, governments are working to establish significant
reserves. It is time for the U.S. government to recognize the crisis
and take action. Action Congressman Nunes and his colleagues believe
it is essential for the President to act. The USDA can promote
increased grain production by releasing willing farmers of arable land
from the Conservation Reserve Program. There are 32 million acres
currently out of production under CRP contracts. A significant amount of
this land could be used to produce crops.
Thanks to Agweb for this article.
Posted by David
@ 04:42 PM EDT
One of the justifications for the use of genetically engineered crops
is that it can eradicate world hunger. Clearly, the production of
adequate food supply is a noble goal, but the supposition that we can
achieve this goal through the use of GM crops is seriously flawed. "The
largest study in the world that dealt with this, which included about
400 scientists, was assembled by the United Nations and the World Bank
into something called the IAASTD (International Assessment of
Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development). After a
long set of studies that were peer-reviewed, portions were sent around
and I received elements of the final report,"
Dr. Bereano says. "The
IAASTD found little evidence to support a conclusion that genetic
engineering or modern biotech are well suited to meet the needs of small
scale and subsistence farmers who were of course feeding huge numbers
of people, especially in the Third World where hunger is so evident."
He also accurately points out that we have hunger right here in the US,
despite our grain surpluses and despite the fact that we use genetic
engineering more than any other country. Food production and hunger is
not necessarily a simple one-to-one equation. There's also the issue of
not having enough money to buy the food that is readily available!
Additionally, GM crops sure aren't less expensive than conventional!
On the contrary, GM seeds are getting increasingly expensive, as are
the prerequisite pesticides—not to mention the fact that farmers are
forced to buy new GM seeds every year, opposed to saving the best seeds
for the next planting, which has been done since the beginning of
agriculture. The increased expense of farming with GM seeds has likely
already caused more than 180,000 Indian farmers to commit suicide when
faced with insurmountable debt, failed crops, and no money to buy new
Not surprisingly, Monsanto and
the United States, along with a couple of other countries refused to
sign off on the final report that was ultimately issued by the UN…
On the other hand, studies have repeatedly confirmed that farming
methods that promote healthy soils and biodiversity can dramatically
increase production and yield. For example, as recently as March 8, the
United Nations issued a press release with the headline: Eco-Farming Can Double Food Production in 10 Years
It states: "Small-scale
farmers can double food production within 10 years in critical regions
by using ecological methods,a new U.N. report shows. Based on an
extensive review of the recent scientific literature, the study calls
for a fundamental shift towards agroecology as a way to boost food
production and improve the situation of the poorest. "To
feed 9 billion people in 2050, we urgently need to adopt the most
efficient farming techniques available," says Olivier De Schutter, UN
Special Rapporteur on the right to food and author of the report.
"Today's scientific evidence demonstrates that agroecological methods
outperform the use of chemical fertilizers in boosting food production
where the hungry live -- especially in unfavorable environments." Agroecology
applies ecological science to the design of agricultural systems that
can help put an end to food crises and address climate-change and
poverty challenges. It enhances soils productivity and protects the
crops against pests by relying on the natural environment such as
beneficial trees, plants, animals and insects. "To
date, agroecological projects have shown an average crop yield
increase of 80% in 57 developing countries, with an average increase of
116% for all African projects," De Schutter says… "We
won't solve hunger and stop climate change with industrial farming on
large plantations. The solution lies in supporting small-scale farmers'
knowledge and experimentation, and in raising incomes of smallholders
so as to contribute to rural development."
Best of all, these agro-ecological approaches do not pose any
danger to the environment or to human health whatsoever—quite the contrary!
So, wouldn't it make sense to focus on the safest, most beneficial, and
most effective methods of food production instead of dabbling around
with unproven high-risk technology that may or may not provide any
benefit whatsoever to anyone besides the patent holders?
Unfortunately, the fact this isn't happening is a testament to the
immense power of the biotech industry, led by Monsanto, whose corporate
officials rotate in and out of the White House administration, the FDA
and other regulatory agencies. Read the full article here.
Comments: Here at Spring Hill Farms
we have never bought into the theory that genetically modified foods
can be the answer to feeding the world. 400 scientists came to the same
conclusion. A huge thanks to Dr Mercola for sharing this information.
Posted by David
@ 11:10 AM EDT
I posted back in January What does 2011 Hold and Five Steps You Should Take.
Since then fuel prices have continued to go up. Grain prices are up, and food prices continue to rise.
Fuel (diesel) has just now reached $4 a gal here in my part of Ohio. $4.05 to be exact.
world's best real estate investor, Sam Zell, told CNBC last week: "My
single biggest financial concern is the loss of the dollar as the
reserve currency... I think you could see a 25% reduction in the
standard of living in this country if the U.S. dollar was no longer the
world's reserve currency."
Folks don't bury your head in the sand.
"A prudent person sees trouble coming and ducks; a simpleton walks in blindly and is clobbered." - Proverbs 27:12 The Message
Of the five steps I outlined previously, I want to focus on one that I feel is so important that I'm going to say this:
There is absolutely no reason why anyone should not do this.
If you only take action on one tip, do this:
PLANT A GARDEN.
The most basic, fundamental, insurance policy for your family is to provide food for them. Start planning now.
you think about it there is no downside to planting a garden. If I'm
crazy (along with some the most informed, wealthy people in this
country) then the worst thing that happens is you have some good, fresh,
food to feed your family.
But if things continue to decline - not just in our economy, but worldwide unrest seems to be getting more prevalent.
Then throw in some natural disasters.
Can you imagine a disruption in our oil imports? If we think $4 -$5 a gallon is expensive for fuel....
the real question is how much of your monthly budget can you spend for
fuel and food while still meeting your current obligations?
My friend it is time to wake up! Get out your pen and paper and figure out where, when, and how you're going to plant a garden!
recently went on the hunt for some good solid information on small
garden "how to." I wanted to see if I could point you in the right
direction while you were reading this and take all the excuses away!
High Density Gardening
I'm a big believer in intense gardening. I grew up with the typical huge garden that you see on most farms of that time.We spent hours weeding, hoeing, having a roto-tiller beat us to death, hilling up potatoes, and generally working the garden.With my schedule I don't have much time to spend in a garden. I bet your schedule is like mine. Ric, the author of High Density Gardening has got it figured out. He covers everything from A to Z in this ebook.
- How to plan your High Density Garden in order that you can maximize the quantity of crops you can grow
- How to build a High Density Gardening bed
- How to propagate seeds
- Home made compost. How to make it quickly.
- Much more
And the best part- You can download it and be reading it within the next 5 minutes.
no stranger to gardening and I was impressed with this book. His
writing style is refreshing and he knows his stuff. I'm already planning
some changes to my gardening and I'm excited!
excuses! Get your mind made up to plant a garden this year. Don't wait
until you discover the economy or food prices have killed your budget.
Do something now! When a friend is talking about how much produce has
gone up at the store wouldn't you rather be telling them you haven't
bought much produce since you started your High Density garden?
how about this - you offer them some of your garden produce at a better
price than the local grocery store because you have so much!
Until next time!
Posted by David
@ 08:16 AM EST
Frequently I'm asked about the difference between local, sustainable food and Organic. Although you could find a small farm that is Organic and it be a great place to get your food, for the most part the Organic label is being adulterated at an alarming rate.
Two of the biggest offenders: USDA and the FDA. [more]
Posted by David
@ 07:27 AM EST
You might remember a few years ago the big scare with tainted pet foods.
Many animals died and practically every kind of dog food you could
think of was pulled of the shelves until it could be sorted out.
turned out to be a poison called melamine was added. The pet food
contamination was widely publicized but what many people didn't know was
it also affected the livestock industry as well. [More]
Posted by David
@ 06:28 PM EST
Full Spectrum Bulb
first heard of full spectrum lighting several years ago. Full spectrum
lights are the closest light to natural sunlight available. It got me to
thinking about how it would effect livestock during the long days of
winter here in Ohio.
The main thing I was pondering was would it
make a difference in piglets that are born in the early winter? I kept
researching and came to the conclusion it would. Here is what one study
Scientists have discovered a new receptor in the eye that, among other things, monitors your biological clocks.Apart
from the other photoreceptors in your eye that allow you to see, this
"third eye" responds differently to light by sending signals to your
brain's hypothalamus, thus regulating your production of melatonin,
which in turn controls your body's circadian rhythms.Researchers
experimented with lamps emitting different wavelengths of light on
workers toiling in the high-stress environment on one floor of a health
insurance call center. In comparison to co-workers on other floors,
they felt more alert, and the quality of their work improved too. The Independent September 26, 2006
Tamworth Pigs in the Sun
I'm always striving to mimic nature, this new technology of full
spectrum lighting seemed like a good fit for our farm. I first bought
some bulbs from BlueMax Lighting(tm)
and used them in my home.
immediately noticed that after getting up in the morning and sitting
under the full spectrum lighting I felt in a better mood. That was
enough to convince my wife! Seriously, the only way I can describe it is
I felt much like I do when I get up and go out on the deck and have a
cup of coffee on a bright sunny morning. You start remarking how nice of
a day it's going to be and get motivated to "get something done".
Another reason my wife was convinced I should keep them!
a much whiter light than the yellow light bulbs we were using. Even
though the evidence I experienced was anecdotal, I didn't need anymore
convincing that there was something to this full spectrum lighting.
Some other benefits that are cited by proponents of full spectrum lighting is:
- Improved mood
- Enhanced mental awareness, concentration and productivity ...
- Superior visual clarity and color perception ...
- Better sleep ...
- Super-charged immune system ...
- More energy ...
- Reduced eye strain and fatigue with a glare-free and comfortable reading environment ...
- Greater learning ability and intelligence ...
Whether or not it actually has all these benefits, I'll leave up to you to decide.
haven't told me they're in a good mood or feel like they have less
eye strain, but I can tell you this, it's another weapon in my arsenal
to keep our new piglets healthy and growing when they are born in the
dead of winter or when the days are getting short.
lighting is also a good way to keep milk production up with our goats
This is an area where you need to be careful. If you introduce full
spectrum lighting too early in the Fall as days get shorter, you're
goats may not breed. The shorter day for seasonal breeding goats is what
I wait until I'm sure they are bred and then use the lights.
else I've learned is full spectrum lighting in the hen house will
definitely keep our laying hens
going strong when they would typically
stop laying eggs.
Years ago the farmer's wife would mix up hot
mash to help keep the hens laying through the cold winter. We now know
that it's more the deprivation of light that slows or even stops egg
production. Chickens need between 14 and 16 hours of light. I set mine
on a timer so they get light earlier in the morning and then later at
night. Light also effects the molting period of chickens. It's a natural
function of chickens to molt so we allow our chickens to molt and egg
production ceases at that time to allow the hens to recuperate.
So if your hens are getting sluggish put some full spectrum bulbs in the hen house and watch what happens.
If you or your spouse are in the winter doldrums put some in the house too! (that won't help the egg layers by the way)
So to sum this one up, try some full spectrum lighting where you think you need it most and see what happens for yourself!
Until next time....
Posted by David
@ 07:22 AM EST
wonder how you keep grass-fed pigs
and chickens eating grass in the
winter? The main way of course is to feed hay. We feed all our stock hay
in the winter including the chickens. Old breed chickens will scratch
through good hay and eat a bit of green material but I love finding ways
to trick them into eating more!
When you're dealing with
animals that aren't herbivores this can be tricky. Our older pigs will
eat good hay very well. Notice I said good hay. There is a lot of stuff
sold these days with the term "good hay" used and if you were to check
the protein content you would find it's not that great.
digressing into a blog post on how to determine if hay is good enough
for your particular livestock, let me just say find a good farmer you
can trust if you don't make your own hay and buy from them.We
feed a lot of Alfalfa
mainly because it's available here in Ohio and if
I'm going to spend much money on hay I want something that is going to
be nutrient dense. So when you're spending hard earned money, it almost
sickens you to think it's getting wasted.
Feeding hay on the
ground is the best way I know to waste it. Unless you have some good
grass hay and use it to bed pigs also. I learned this from Walter over
at his blog
. Walter and his family are the real deal when it comes to sustainable farming and raising pigs on pasture.
one thing that's always bothered me is when feeding good, leafy,
Alfalfa hay, is the amount of leaves that drop off every time you handle
it. Some hay is worse than other, but no matter what you lose some
every time you handle it.
For instance I bust a bale open and
head for the goats
with a couple flakes and as I'm picking it up I see
what looks like TONS of dust size green leaves falling onto the ground
when I separate it from the bale.
After a few days of feeding the
goats the hay rack has about 3 or 4 inches of this green material
laying in the bottom and they will not eat it.
Alfalfa Rack for Pigs
way with the hogs. I feed them in hay racks I made based on the old
ones used back years ago which have a trough built in the bottom to feed
grain. This also helps keep hay off the ground where it is quickly
trampled in by the pigs feet. (See picture). I could have tromped out
and taken a picture of one of my own, but it seemed easier to keep
drinking coffee and use one I already had on the computer!
hay racks also end up with green hay dust in them about 4 or so inches
deep. If you're feeding something besides Alfalfa, it's called hay seed.
I suppose you could call this stuff hay seed too but I never had a
problem cleaning out hay seed and throwing it on the ground. But I can
not bring myself to do that with this nice green rich looking product!
It's actually home made alfalfa leaf meal.
So I found another use
for it...I now take it out and put it in a five-gallon bucket and feed
it back to the chickens and young pigs.
I say young pigs because
the younger the pig, the less green material they are willing/able to
consume. As pigs get older they are much better at utilizing roughage.
get hay on the ground in the coop but they really don't eat as
much as I wish they would. So...I mix this dust or hay seed or alfalfa
leaf meal or whatever you care to call it with the chicken feed.
Home Made Alfalfa Leaf Meal
way with the young pigs. I mix it in the self-feeder and it gets eaten
instead of wasted. I have checked the feeders after mixing it in and it
is gone, no picking around it, they eat it. So I'm thrilled to take
something it used to kill me to waste and feed it, since that's what I
bought it for to begin with.
We don't grind our own feed, but if
we did, it would be perfect to toss in the grinder when batching feed.
Alfalfa meal has been used as both pig and chicken feed in years gone by
but not so much now. The old trio mixture for pigs contained alfalfa or
other legume hay.
We do the same thing with the hay the goats
pull out and drop on the ground around the rack. Gather it up and throw
it to the hogs. Just one more reason why farms should practice
What one won't eat another will. Especially with a bit of trickery!
Until next time...
Posted by David
@ 07:59 AM EST
A crucial element of life. We spend hundreds even thousands of dollars
to ensure we have clean pure water for ourselves and our families. It
makes up 75% of our bodies.
What about our livestock? How clean is the water you provide for your animals?
In the past I've been guilty of looking into a water trough and thinking "wow that might need a good cleaning!"
are constantly washing their noses off in the water and dropping feed
into the trough. If left unattended it's not long before you'll have
some sort of anaerobic bacteria growing in the water.
This spells trouble for livestock. A good question to ask yourself is "would I drink out of that?"
of the major battles in keeping any type of farm animal healthy and
growing is managing the "bad bacteria" levels in the animals system.
This is one of the reasons that sub-therapeutic antibiotics are used so
heavily in modern agriculture. They help keep the animal healthy and
promote growth through the reduced bacterial load in the animal's gut.
course antibiotic over-use is fraught with side effects. Two that come
to mind are residues in the meat and manure and they wipe out most of
the good bacteria with the bad.
I posted about how we introduce good bacteria into our animal's system here. In this post I only gave a part of our system to manage bacteria...how to introduce new good bacteria.
me pause here and say I'm not a veterinarian nor am I a chemist. Please
study out these concepts for yourself and make your own conclusions
based on your study of the facts.
If all we ever do is
kill bad bacteria, as in the case of antibiotics, we end up with a very
compromised immune system. So much so that if the antibiotics are
stopped there is a huge risk of illness until the good bacteria is
re-established. If you are taking antibiotics personally you might want
read the previous post.
Aerobic versus Anaerobic
Good bacteria is aerobic. In other words, they flourish in high oxygen environments.
Bad bacteria is anaerobic and cannot survive in the presence of oxygen.
when we study the natural order of things we find laws at work to to
help us keep our animals healthy. The closer we can mimic nature the
better. That's the essence of natural farming.
Food Grade Peroxide
was first introduced to the idea of using hydrogen peroxide (H202) for
something other than dumping it on a superficial wound more than 20
Peroxide is water with an extra oxygen molecule
attached to it. H202 - notice the extra 2? Now think back to our aerobic
vs anaerobic bacterias.
What if we could foster an environment
that encourages the growth of good oxygen loving bacteria and
discourage bad oxygen hating bacteria?
Hydrogen peroxide has
been touted to cure almost everything known to man. Does it work? I
have no idea. I encourage you to study for your self and draw your own
Remember the watering trough way back in the beginning of this post? Let's go back there.
we need to clean and disinfect things around here such as watering and
feeding equipment we wash it with a solution of peroxide.
Most folks would stop there. It's clean, now put some fresh water in and go about your business.
hopefully killed all the bad bacteria in the watering trough but what
if we could encourage it to stay dead and encourage the growth of good
bacteria if there is any present?
That's where hydrogen
peroxide comes in. We use a solution of 35% food grade and add a tiny
amount to all our watering troughs on a regular basis. (Roughly 25-30
A word of caution here: peroxide in concentrated amounts is caustic and will take the hide off your fingers on anything else you dump/spill it on.
Using peroxide as a water treatment is not new and you can find studies around the net on both poultry and swine.
Here's a link to a site about well water and hydrogen peroxide.
Other sites have information about health benefits from hydrogen peroxide.
Here are some of the claims.
hydrogen peroxide has been used for cattle, an increase in milk
production and an increase in butterfat content have been reported.
Farmers have also reported less mastitis in their herds. Hog farmers
have reported their hogs using less feed and a shorter growing time (as
much as 30 days less). Turkey and chicken growers reported increased
weight per bird using less feed. A man in Wisconsin said he has had
the best reproduction rate of his buffalo by using hydrogen peroxide
in their drinking water.
Some animal research indicates that
when hydrogen peroxide is given orally, it combines with iron and
small amounts of vitamin C in the stomach and creates hydroxyl
radicals. The rule of thumb is adding 8 oz. to 10 oz. of 35% hydrogen
peroxide to 1000 gallons water. Chickens and cows have remained healthy
by using 8 ounces of 35% Food Grade hydrogen peroxide in 1,000
gallons of drinking water @ 30 ppm. Hydrogen peroxide application into
well water, or city water can best be accomplished by a metering
device / injector, which keeps the application more constant and
thorough, although manual application works just as well. If you do
not have an metering device, start out by using 1 teaspoon of 35%
hydrogen peroxide in the animal's drinking water. This same ratio is
used for all farm animals: cows, pigs, poultry, sheep, goats, rabbits,
birds, etc. http://www.drinkh2o2.com
I believe hydrogen peroxide is working on our farm as another way to
keep all our livestock healthy, I can only tell you our experiences here
at Spring Hill Farms.
Study it, try it, and make your own judgment.
Until next time....
Posted by David
@ 08:26 AM EST
Chemical WormerAt Spring Hill Farms we try to do things as close to natural as we can. To us that means no chemical wormers.
realize many farms do use chemical wormers. I also know small farms or
organically oriented farms many times use chemical, commercial wormers.
have used them in cases where stock was not responding to natural
methods. By that I mean in the early years when we first started
breeding Tamworth pigs we had some that did not do well in our type of system.
got a parasite load that caused them to drop weight and if we would
have let it go they would have been stunted or even sick enough to die
from the worms. Although this only happened twice we pulled them off the
pastures and chemically wormed them, got them well, and then sold them.
experience tells me you can selectively breed for parasite resistance.
But that's only one piece of the puzzle. Poor management will trump even
the best genetics. You can take some of my Tamworth Hogs and put them
in a small lot that eventually turns to dirt and manure and you could
very likely expose them to enough of a parasite load to end up with
major drawback to killing these parasites with chemicals is that they
tend to mutate very quickly in order to survive the onslaught, so new
and more powerful chemicals have to be developed to kill them, and the
cycle continues. If you are over using wormers it is even worse.
recently spoke with someone about goats and they said that for round
worms in goats the product SAFEGUARD is not effective in almost all of
the United States because the round worms have become immune to it.
me parasite resistance is one reason to avoid chemical wormers. I have
seen research that indicates the wormers once they pass through the
animal ends up in the soil. I don't want parasiticides in my soil.
product on the market is Ivermectin. While I certainly am not even
close to an expert on any of these products natural or chemical, it just
doesn't seem right to me that I can give my pigs a dose of Ivermectin
and it not only kills the internal parasites, it also rids them of
external parasites. I'm not sure how it does this, but it seems like the
stuff actually poisons the critters through the skin. Not something I'm
comfortable eating later on.
Which brings me to my next point.
I'm not comfortable with the fact that my pork, beef, or chicken may
have parasiticide residue in it. Now I know the research that has been
done to indicate that it's is minimal and it's harmless. But I say err
on the side of caution.
Scientific cleverness is what has caused
many of the messes in modern agriculture. I look at it this way, if it
is safe to consume or there is no residue even present by the time it
gets to the table, great! All the people consuming this type of meat are
at no risk.
But if it is harmful as we may find out down the road, I'm not effected nor are my customers because we don't use them.
Next time I'll talk about our approach to parasite control here at Spring Hill Farms.
Posted by David
@ 06:36 PM EST
Major victory in Ohio on the milk labeling battle!
Since 1994, this substance has been banned in Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Australia and all 27 nations of the European Union.
Still holding on: the United States...[More]
Posted by David
@ 07:16 AM EST
I have received many calls and emails asking how to cook our hickory smoked holiday hams. Actually how to bake them since they are 'cooked' in the oven!
You can view, print, or download the instructions here.
Posted by David
@ 05:51 PM EST
Is it really cheaper to eat discount food from the grocery? I've always said "no". If you evaluate it strictly form a dollars spent at the 'regular' store, verses with your local farmer, you may erroneously come to that conclusion.
However there is many more pieces to the puzzle...[more]
Posted by David
@ 07:51 AM EST
Almost gone and gettin' full
80% of our immune system resides in our gastrointestinal tract, which houses 100 trillion bacteria—about two to three pounds
worth of bacteria!
Expert natural health folks will tell you optimum levels of bacteria would 85% good bacteria and 15% bad.
about pigs? Pigs are very similar to humans in there digestive system.
It stands to reason if good bacteria is needed for optimum human health
than it's needed for optimum pig health.
Good bacterial inputs are typically called probiotics. They are the opposite of antibiotics.
The big guys regularly dose their hogs with sub-therapeutic antibiotics to virtually kill all types of bacteria good and bad.
keeps the animal healthier (supposedly) and optimizes growth. The major
problem of course is the over use of them is resulting in resistance to
antibiotics when we need them.
You can read some very solid research here
on the resistant pathogens that are direct result of factory farms.
So....let's just say that we at Spring Hill Farms do not want to use sub-therapeutic antibiotics for our livestock.
We want to use probiotics
to build up the good bacteria to the point that it holds in check, or even stamps out bad bacteria in the animals system.Probiotics are great for:
- The proper development of your immune system
- Protection against over-growth of other microorganisms that could cause disease
- Digestion of food and absorption of nutrients
One of the ways we build up good bacteria in our pigs and chickens is by feeding them clabbered milk.Traditionally, clabbered milk is made by allowing raw milk to stand until it has thickened, a process which takes 24-48 hours. The milk is also typically kept warm, encouraging the growth of beneficial bacteria. As it thickens, the acidity of the milk increases, preventing the growth of harmful bacteria and creating a very distinctive tang which many people greatly enjoy
. Pigs practically kill for it!
That was one of the plans when we bought our Oberhasli
goats. Make clabbered milk to feed the pigs and chickens to keep them
healthy and vigorous so we don't need antibiotics or other
pharmaceuticals to keep them healthy.
It works great and the pigs and chickens both really enjoy it!
This is just another way we are striving to work with the animals immune system
, not prop it up with outside inputs.
till next time!
Posted by David
@ 05:43 AM EST
Kellogg Schwab, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Water and Health, refers to a typical pig farm manure lagoon that he sampled. "There were 10 million E. coli
per liter [of sampled waste]. Ten million. And you have a hundred
million liters in some of those pits. So you can have trillions of
bacteria present, of which 89 percent are resistant to drugs. That's a
massive amount that in a rain event can contaminate the environment."
He adds, "This development of drug resistance scares
the hell out of me. If we continue on and we lose the ability to
fight these microorganisms, a robust, healthy individual has a chance
of dying, where before we would be able to prevent that death."
Schwab says that if he tried, he could not build a better incubator
of resistant pathogens than a factory farm. He, Silbergeld, and others
assert that the level of danger has yet to be widely acknowledged.
Says Schwab, "It's not appreciated until it's your mother, or your
son, or you trying to fight off an infection that will not go away
because the last mechanism to fight it has been usurped by someone
putting it into a pig or a chicken."
Read the full article here
Posted by David
@ 08:51 AM EDT
As much as 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U. S. are fed to
chickens, cattle and hogs — not to treat disease but to make them grow
faster. This increases profit margins for livestock producers, but it
puts YOUR health at risk.
Read the article here
Posted by David
@ 12:25 PM EDT
Blood on our Farms: Is Monsanto Responsible for 1 Suicide Every 30 Minutes?
Posted by David
@ 08:09 AM EDT
Dr Mercola once again encourages "eat local"
See it here
Posted by David
@ 04:06 PM EDT
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A couple of days ago a close friend of mine called me to ask if I had watched Food Inc.
Watch the trailer here.
immediately knew what he was talking about as I had seen the reviews in
Acres USA and a several other small farm, sustainable farming
He had been exposed to it on the academy awards show, rented it on a whim, and was now calling me to see if I had seen it.
reaction to the movie was pretty intense. I know him well enough to
know he isn't easily impressed, so I thought I'd better get the thing
and watch it.
My wife and sat down to watch it last night and by the time it was over I had experienced a host of emotions.
It made me mad enough to yell at the TV, I was enlightened, I cried at one point...this movie is an absolute MUST SEE if you want to see the truth about the food industry in America.
was tastefully put together and doesn't have a visual shock value
element where you can't watch certain scenes like some other things of
this nature I have watched.
Watch the trailer and get a copy you won't be sorry.
Until next time...
Posted by David
@ 10:35 AM EST