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Breezy Hill Farm Update Jan. 26, 2020

Posted 1/28/2020 4:28pm by Art Ozias.

  • The ground beef pickup went great even though it was postponed due to weather.  Only three couldn't make it and were able to pick a couple days later.   We have another list already started.
  • We also had some freezer beef customers waiting on their deliveries.  Most customers have nearly always waited for me to deliver it to their freezer.  This time a new grass finished beef customer couldn't wait.  I had scheduled two deliveries in their area and was planning to deliver all three on one trip.  He decided to pick it this past Saturday.  I had emailed him to verify that he was picking up and to verify I didn't need to include them on my delivery.  Here is his email to me.  "
     Apologies for not letting you know sooner. We picked it up around 11 and left cash for you in the envelope. We had some burgers already and they were terrific! Thanks again! " 
  • Snow has made feeding hay a daily occurrence.  The cows sure are polite.  They wait patiently after I open the gate, and have a great time following as I unroll the 2000 pound bale of hay. 
  • The below freezing temperatures has frozen the ponds and our lake.  Before this latest cold snap we had hundreds of geese and even one day there was a lone pair of snow geese.  Past years we had thousands to snow geese.  Not sure what has happened to them.  Maybe a consequence of an outbreak of bird flu several years ago.   At the time, I had heard reports of government efforts taken in their breeding grounds in Canada to reduce their numbers.  Maybe it's true.


The two great failures are CAFOS and hydros. CAFOs are Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, which is a long term for confinement factory farming for animals. These practices are prohibited in the organic standards, and yet they continue on a massive scale.

The other significant fraud is the certification of soilless hydroponic fruits and vegetables. Right now many berries and tomatoes sold as organic in America are actually grown in pots of coconut husks with fertilizers fed to the plants much like an IV tube. Again, this is prohibited in the original law that created the National Organic Program, and again, it is being ignored by the USDA.


When you see a “Product of U.S.A.” label on a package of meat you should be able to assume that the meat you’re looking at came from an animal raised and processed here in the U.S.

But chances are, the meat or some portion of it was actually imported from another country.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Services Agency allows the use of the “Product of U.S.A.” label on any beef as long as the meat passed through a U.S.-based inspection plant, and/or was blended with meat from animals that were born and raised in the U.S.

This policy defrauds consumers who are committed to supporting local producers, and who assume the label means what it says.

The policy also hurts U.S. ranchers, especially those who produce grass-fed and grass-finished beef from cattle born, raised and processed in the U.S.

It’s time to close this labeling loophole.



Art Ozias