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Breezy Hill Farm Update Mar. 19, 2018

Posted 3/19/2018 8:53pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We started renovating our pastures this past weekend.  Just in time.  Had a nice rain so new seed got a good soaking.  Hope to continue later this week.  This is the basic ingredient for our grass finished beef.  Our new crop of beef calves started this past week.  They'll get over two years to enjoy the sward and then we'll start taking orders for their grass finished beef.
  • Our Guernsey heifer had her calf this morning, so I'll be milking regularly for at least six weeks until the calf can handle all of it.  
  • Remember, the KC EXPO is coming up March 30.  We'll be there.
  • No Purple Martins yet.  They were late last year, and it looks like that is repeating.
  • We are converting our raised beds to a drip system.  Also, I have added Coconut Coir to my mix this year.  My source for the mix I use did not have any rice hulls, but had the Coconut Coir.  This may be a great additive, even better than the rice hulls.   The coir has the property of absorbing and holding water.  That is a definite plus for raised beds, as they tend to dry out rather quickly.  Should save on water usage.
  • Debra has a bunch of newly started plants ready to transplant into the beds.  

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As “organic” factory dairies flood the market with cheap milk, all organic milk prices are tanking. Wisconsin organic dairy farmer Jim Goodman voices his frustration with the new market realities and with the USDA’s refusal to enforce pasture regulations on industrial-scale organic farms. These giant farms push their cows so hard for milk, they have to buy new heifers to replace those that burn out. The glut of questionable milk enables them to have contracts with stores like Walmart and Costco, undermining the market for truly organic milk, like Goodman’s. His cows are on pasture as long as the season allows and are treated with dignity. Cornucopia offers a dairy scorecard to help shoppers support real organic farmers.
https://www.cornucopia.org/2018/02/small-organic-dairy-farmer-speaks/?utm_source=eNews&utm_medium=email&utm_content=3.3.18&utm_campaign=GoodmanMORE  

Whether CAFO farms are actually organic is the real question. USDA inspectors insist these farms, like Aurora in Colorado, are meeting the standards despite investigations by the Washington Post and Cornucopia Institute showing only a few hundred cows at most, out of a herd of 15,000 on pasture at any given time.
Having raised cattle on pasture all my life, I am always at a loss to understand how 15,000 cows could be moved to and from pasture between milkings. Cows move slowly, 15,000 would require hundreds of acres of grass per day—that is a long walk. Impossible.
But having the blessing of USDA, CAFOs continue to grow to the point that “About half of the organic milk sold in the U.S. is coming from very large factory farms that have no intention of living up to organic principles.” according to Mark Kastel, co-director of the nonprofit Cornucopia Institute.

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ACTION ALERT: Save Our Farmers, Farms and Soil!

Dear Art,

I’m writing to ask you to support the Food & Farm Act, a regenerative and organic version of the Farm Bill that represents our best hope for saving our farmers, farms and soil.

TAKE ACTION: Your help is urgently needed! Please ask your Member of Congress to cosponsor the Food & Farm Act today!

You’ve heard it said before: No Farms, No Food. 

But let’s not forget: No Soil, No Farms.

A few years ago, the United Nations 
warned that on average, the world has fewer than 60 growing seasons left. That grim statistic is based on how rapidly the world’s soils are be degraded, in large part due to poor management.

The situation looks bleak for our soils—and just as bad for our farmers. So bad, that 
that experts 
compare the current situation to the 1980s when bankruptcies and foreclosures contributed to the loss of 296,360 farms.

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Art,

We bought 3 Rib roasts from you about a week ago. Best meat I've ever had! Definitely buying those again. 

Thank you for all you do to give the best real food possible.

Sincerely, 

Leslie and Rob

 

THAT'S IT FROM THE HILL FOR THIS WEEK.  ART AND DEBRA

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)
(660) 656-3409
www.breezy-hill-farm.com