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13 Sep · Tue 2011
In my never ending quest to reduce inputs from outside sources (like the local feed mill) I have been widening my research on ways to increase the amount of green foodstuffs I can carry through the winter for the animals. [Read More]
Posted by David @ 09:09 AM EDT
18 Jul · Mon 2011
Posted by David @ 12:41 PM EDT
04 Jan · Tue 2011
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.
Posted by David @ 06:28 PM EST
29 Sep · Wed 2010
Excellent speech by Birke Baehr an eleven year old boy.
Posted by David @ 09:41 AM EDT
01 Feb · Mon 2010
I hear this question a lot. Your pigs are on pasture? Do they eat grass? Suprisingly enough farmers ask this more than anyone. If I explain a little to them many times they dismiss it and go on.
I can see them thinking to themselves and some have even said 'you can't get a hog to eat enough grass to make any difference.'
I just smile. I know mine do! My feed consumption and weight gain records don't lie.
It's a practice that was common years ago.
Here's one account from 1910:
Pasture plays an important role in the common practice of swine feeding. Besides getting fresh and palatable feed the pig in such cases harvest the crop which saves considerable expense.
He also gets a greater variety of feed as well as different mineral substances that may be gathered from the soil in different places.
While the feed gathered from the pasture in the form of grass, plants of various kinds, etc., is of the nature of roughage, still the pig can use a considerable quantity of this even though he is primarily adapted to concentrated feeds.
In fact, he will do better with some roughages in his ration than he will to be confined entirely to concentrates, especially if the former are gathered from from the pasture. The pasture exercises a considerable influence besides the feed it supplies. - William Dietrich - 1910
Hogs on grass fell into obscurity for quite some time, thank goodness it's making a come back!
Until next time...
Posted by David @ 10:41 PM EST
20 Jan · Wed 2010
I just got spoke to my processor on the phone. I was thrilled to hear him say he was "impressed" with the way our beef looked on the rail. He said it was not what he expected for grass fed beef. A really special compliment coming from a guy who has been in the business since he was born! The family ran business just celebrated 100 years in business.
He said the cover was excellent and it was marbled nicely. He had not seen that in 100% grass fed, grass finished beef. To tell you the truth, until recently I have not been a fan of grass finished beef. I was raised on grass fed and grain finished beef which was what we had to do in order to obtain a good finish.Genetics have come a long way since then.
I'm pleased to announce we have finally got a product that is 100% grass fed and holds it own with any beef on the market!
Until next time!
Posted by David @ 05:51 PM EST