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Breezy Hill Farm Update Apr. 16, 2020

Posted 4/16/2020 9:25pm by Art Ozias.


  • We have a pair of Canadian geese on each of two of our ponds.  We've had that before, and it is sure neat to watch after they hatch out and swim, and then learn to fly.
  • Lola Jean, Iris and Mattie are still holding out.  Lola Jean sure looked like she was going to have hers on Sunday in that miserable cold rain, but she is still eating grass and getting wider and wider.  I had moved her back with the milk cows on Sunday.  She had been with the beef cows this past several months.  She was never quite accepted.  She grazed by herself, and never had any buddies.  Now she is back with her "kind", and is again enjoying her time.  It was nice for me to have her with the beef cows as she would come up to me and let me scratch her head.  I think it set a good example for the normally kind of skittish beef cows.
  • I had to pay an electric bill for the past three months.  That was a first for almost six years.  I just knew there had to be something a miss.  I contacted the installer of my solar panels, and sure enough a majority of the panels had black mold.  After cleaning with soap, a deck cleaner and a very long RV brush, they are clean, and I guess I now have an annual task in cleaning the solar panels.
  • We have two dog houses free to whomever.  Let me know.
  • We have a broken freezer that would make a great place to store chicken feed, horse feed or whatever safely from mice.  It's also free.  We had a ground beef pickup last week, and luckily we had to store some for a customer.  When I went to get it, I noticed some items in a basket were a little soft.  Sure enough the freezer is kaput, and can't be repaired.  It was at least 30 years old.  Guess what?  You can't buy a freezer at Lowe's, Home Depot, or Menards.  Nowhere.  I saw on the news tonight Whirlpool is closed due to the virus.  I didn't know people were buying up freezers; I knew about toilet paper.
  • I tagged the first batch of calves this afternoon.  I moved them and their moms out of the nursery and onto a fresh grass pasture.  Their moms paid no attention to the calves running around as they were gorging on GRASS.
  • With all the reports on meat processors closing due to the virus there just may be shortages showing up in your local grocery.  We will start our harvesting in about 30 days.  The grass is green and growing.  Luckily, it hasn't been too wet and the GRASS is good.


 That is a sweet potato and it is growing our slips for our garden.  Yes, you can grow your own.





First, it is important to maintain optimal levels of nutrients, particularly vitamins A, C, and D. Most people have suboptimal vitamin A and C levels. Both of these nutrients have antiviral abilities and are able to support the immune system when it is under viral attack. If you are not ill, I suggest taking 3-5,000 mg/day of vitamin C. At the first sign of an illness, I would suggest taking 1,000 mg/hour until diarrhea develops, then back off for a time period. For vitamin A, I suggest using 5,000 Units/day if you are not sick and 100,000 Units/day for four days at the first sign of an illness. Pregnant women cannot take these doses. (Note: Take vitamin A, not beta carotene.)  Also, vitamin D is very important for fighting infections.  I suggest, at the onset of an illness, taking 50,000 IU of vitamin D3/day for four days.


Iodine is essential to not only fighting off an infection it is necessary for proper immune system functioning. There is no bacteria, virus, parasite or fungus that is known to be resistant to iodine. As I have written in my book, Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, most of the population is low in iodine. If fact, iodine levels have fallen nearly 60% over the last 40 years. The RDA for iodine is inadequate to supply enough iodine for all the bodily tissues. For the majority of my patients, I suggest taking 25 mg/day as a daily dose and more (sometimes 50-100 mg/day) at the first sign of an illness. Iodine can cause adverse effects and it is best used under the guidance of an iodine-knowledgeable doctor.


To prevent becoming ill and to avoid having a poorly responding immune system, it is vitally important to eat a healthy diet free of all sources of refined sugar. Refined sugar has been shown to negatively alter the functioning of the white blood cells for hours after ingestion. Finally, it is important to maintain optimal hydration—drink water! Take your body weight in pounds, divide by two and the resultant number is the amount of water to drink per day in ounces. Dehydration ensures you will be much more likely to suffer serious problems from any infectious process.”

Hope that eases your mind somewhat.

However, 1/1000 people can not handle Iodine … so start slow. AND THIS WAS FROM A CATTLE GUY!!

To see if your are deficient in Iodine cover a 2 inch square area on the underside of your wrist with tincture of iodine.  Time how long it takes for your skin to absorb it.  The more deficient you are the faster it will absorb.

Iodine patch test: The iodine patch test is a test where doctors paint a patch of iodine on your skin and check how it looks 24 hours later. For those who are not iodine deficient, the patch fades no sooner than 24 hours. But a deficiency will likely cause the iodine to be absorbed into the skin more quickly.





Art Ozias