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Posted 3/25/2012 10:02pm by Art Ozias.
  • I am sure everybody has now heard of "pink slime".  Those of you that have been receiving my updates were already aware of this.  We had the NY Times article several months ago.  Of course the USDA, The National Cattleman's Assoc and others hastily assured us their "science" proved that it is just fine.  We need another word for science.  It has been misused to the extent that many don't trust its results.  For example BPA, the scientists in Europe determined it to be bad and have banned it.  In the US, after much pressure from NGO's, it is now banned in baby bottles.   But what about green bean cans and cash register tapes?  My experience would suggest that anyone that makes a claim and uses "science" as their basis for their conclusion should ALWAYS END THE SENTENCE WITH THE WORDS "AS FAR AS WE NOW KNOW".
  • There will be more "dirt" hogs in about three weeks.  Let me know.
  • We are ordering more cod liver oil, but are waiting to make sure they have the Ghee in stock.
  • Have you ever wonder how come the beef in an open meat case at your grocery store looks so nice and red?  There is a trick involved.  Most buy dry ice and place it in the refrigeration unit below the meat display.  As the dry ice changes state from solid to gas, CO2 is slowly released into the display case.  CO2 is also used now in the other packaging of meat.  In fact, it can keep meat looking "red" even though the expiration date is past.
  • Kris had her calf on Thursday.  She had a nice heifer.  We should be able to ramp up our milk availabilty this coming week.  First, we will call each past customer and reestablish how much and which day of the week would be best.  As soon as we get caught up with our existing customers we will then add new ones as long as the supply allows.
  • The corporations are at it again.  Each year we fight the same battles.   What a waste.  http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9890

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    More news about raw milk.  http://www.naturalnews.com/035286_raw_milk_rural_economies_farmers.html

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    We reported on “Pink Slime” several months ago.  Now it’s in the news big time.

     

    "The "pink slime" does not have to appear on the label because, over objections of its own scientists, USDA officials with links to the beef industry labeled it meat." The under secretary said, "it's pink, therefore it's meat,'" Custer told ABC News.

    ABC News has learned the woman who made the decision to OK the mix is a former undersecretary of agriculture, Joann Smith. It was a call that led to hundred of millions of dollars for Beef Products Inc., the makers of pink slime. When Smith stepped down from the USDA in 1993, BPI's principal major supplier appointed her to its board of directors, where she made at least $1.2 million over 17 years."

    If you still buy your meat at your local supermarket, you should know that you are directly supporting a food system that not only promotes widespread contamination but also the production of cheap and potentially dangerous filler products like "pink slime." And you can bet that as long as there are people willing to buy cheap, "imitation" meat, the industry will continue to produce it.

    Healthy, humanely raised meat is out there, and you can find it by purchasing your meat and poultry directly from a trusted farmer whose farming practices you're familiar with. Supporting local farmers and ranchers can go a long way toward improving the entire food system, and more importantly, your personal health

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/19/avoid-eating-pink-slime.aspx?e_cid=20120319_DNL_art_2


    that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 3/18/2012 10:29pm by Art Ozias.
  • Maribell has a great new home.  Plenty of grass and good, caring owners. 
  • The beef cows are starting to calve. Four new   calves so  far.  I   had    one   that   was too big and had to assist.  Those of you that think this is an easy gig should have been here.  Most times it works and some times not.
  • I got all the fruit trees pruned and sprayed with dormant oil.  We did not lose a single tree this past winter.  But, did we have a winter?
  • Kris is still holding out.  I guess she will wait until tomorrow when they are forecasting a lot of rain. 
  • We will be ordering from Green Pastures again soon.  Hopefully, we will be able to get the Ghee on the next order.  Those of you that ordered cod liver oil, that order arrived.  Call 660-656-3409 and arrange a pick up time.
  • Keep Mar 31 free.  It is time for the KC Food Circle's yearly expo.  Go to their website for details.  www.kcfoodcircle.org
  • That's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
Posted 3/12/2012 11:06pm by Art Ozias.
  • We ordered some Real Salt last week.  Should be in this week.
  • We will order the Cod Liver Oil tomorrow.  They were out of stock on one item.  We decided to wait to save on the shipping costs.  They are short on the Ghee.  Demand has been very strong.  They should have some by the end of the month.  I will keep watch and order when it comes in.
  • Dirt Hogs will be picked up tomorrow.  Those that have ordered a hog need to watch for an email with the weight, cost and processing instructions.
  • How about some agent orange in your corn flakes for breakfast?http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/11/mark-kastel-on-agent-orange.aspx?e_cid=20120311_SNL_Art_1

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 3/4/2012 10:35pm by Art Ozias.
  • Rosebud has a new home.  She is sharing it with a La Mancha dairy goat.  I'm sure she has adjusted by now.  It's nice for her to have a good home. 
  • Maribell also will have a new home.  I am to deliver her Mar 17.  I have one more to sell, Abigail.  I had someone stop by this afternoon.   Perhaps next Sunday I'll be able to report on her new home.  Sweetpea and Kris are "hanging" in there.  They are due this month.  We should be back up to full production and be able to add new customers by the end of the month.
  • Chickens orders are still coming in.  The chicks are two weeks old.  Should be ready in 5-6 weeks.
  • We have started collecting eggs from our Dominiques.  Hope to get a couple of hatches.
  • I plan to work the beef cattle tomorrow.  Need to decide which heifers have proved themselves and will get to enter the cow herd.  I have a new squeeze chute with scales and will weigh all the ones destined for the freezer.  My eyes are still pretty good, but numbers don't lie.
  • Acres, USA magazine had an interview with John Jeavons.  I bought his book and have started reading it,  How to Grow More Vegetables.  It is a level above the raised beds that we have promoted.  Looking forward to learning this approach.  Jeavons has been working on this for over forty years.  Wow, forty years ago I was 30ish and not at all concerned about the quality of what I ate.  I applaud all the young people who are learning about their food today.
  • We will be making another order from Green Pastures.  If interested, email me with your order by Wednesday .  If you are not familiar with their products, go to their website. http://www.greenpasture.org/public/Home/index.cfm
  • Hogs will be next week.  Those on the list will get an email.
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    Here is some more recent “pink” news.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/22/breast-cancer-awareness-ribbons.aspx?e_cid=20120226_SNL_MS_1

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    Root canals are “cash cows” for dentists?  You decide.   http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/18/dangers-of-root-canaled-teeth.aspx?e_cid=20120226_SNL_MV_1

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    From Goldie’s new owner- 

    Thank you so much for Goldie. I'm now her best friend. Enjoying fresh milk and butter. I have turned my kids around. Still workin on my daughter's mother-in-law. Can't wait for Daisey.Thanks again.

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    You may want to go to this site and sign up for a free documentary.  It will be available Mar 21.  http://www.hungryforchange.tv/ 

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    Here is an interesting article by Dr Shiva.  She was featured in the movie, Dirt.  http://grist.org/sustainable-food/dr-vandana-shiva-occupy-our-food-supply/


that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 2/26/2012 10:53pm by Art Ozias.
Posted 2/26/2012 10:35pm by Art Ozias.
Posted 2/26/2012 10:13pm by Art Ozias.
  • Goldie has a new home.  Kathy now has an A2 Guernsey.  Several others are planning to start with their first milk cow.  How exciting to have people realize the value of providing their own food.  I had a call from a lady 20 miles south of the Canadian border near Glazier Nat. Park who is moving to MO and is looking for a milk cow.
  • We are going to make another order to Green Pastures for cod liver oil and Ghee.  Let me know and I will put you on the list.
  • I already have orders for over 100 chickens.  Some will be on the second batch.  I think we will be doing about 100 each time.
  • If you want a "Dirt Hog" I need to know this week. 
  • Seedlings are up.  Soon the plant table will be full of plants.  Start your own.  Don't rely on Lowe's and Westlake.  There are so many interesting varities in the catalogs.  Stores only carry the standard, whatever varities.
  • This may be important information for women.  Be careful when your doctor is concerned about your cholesterol.   http://cl.publicaster.com/ViewInBrowser.aspx?pubids=8934%7c735%7c847818%7c800903&digest=yCxu8CGoyQNYbNeIt4WKdg&sysid=1 

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    Just for fun.  Thanks Marlies.  http://grist.org/list/pollans-food-rules-animated-with-vegetables/ 

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    Nice comment. Thanks.

    Hello, Mr Ozias,

    I would like to put an order in for 10 chickens.  We have enjoyed our last order.  I make stock from the carcasses so the great flavor extends to homemade soups.

     

    The beef has been wonderful, as well.  I have friends in various parts of the country and I have been surprised regarding their experiences with grass fed beef; I have encouraged them to find other farmers.  One has to marinate the steaks to eat them because of a "gamey" flavor; she even had to throw out a roast.  Another complained about steaks not being tender enough.  This has definitely not been our experience.  The t-bones we had a couple of weeks ago were fantastic!  Simple seasoning, a good sear on each side & then low & slow until medium.  I have great success with roasts & stew meat in the crockpot. 

    Greatly appreciate what you do.

     

    Thanks,

    Rhonda

    Another comment-

     
      BTW, the coconut ghee is amazing, my wife kind of made fun of me for buying such a large tub of it, but we have used about 1/3 of it already.  She loves using it in just about everything she makes, but it truly makes the best popcorn ever.   Jason

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    Looks like a good book.  Thanks, Marlies, for sending the link.  http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/02/21/books/tracie-mcmillan-writes-the-american-way-of-eating.xml


    that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra 

     

Posted 2/20/2012 9:10pm by Art Ozias.
  • The first batch of chickens have been ordered.  They will be ready mid May.  We are holding the price the same as last year at least for this first batch.  The price is $3.25/#.  There is a five bird minimum.  If fuel prices go out of sight that will have a major impact on feed costs.  Should that happen we will have to adjust the price.  So, to lock in at last year's prices, order now.  We will do it the same as last year.  I keep a list as you email me, and when I get the number of chickens we have to process, I draw a line and notify you of the pick up day and time. 
  • I have several people waiting for a "Dirt Hog".  It  will be another two weeks.  If anyone is interested, let me know.
  • We are holding our prices for pasture finished beef the same as last year, $3.25/ lb hanging weight.  I read recently that the average price, according to  USDA, is $4.58.   Our price considering waste and trim is still less than $4/#.  Again, if fuel prices go up, we will have to adjust accordingly.  If you have ordered and sent your deposit, we will honor that price.  If we have to adjust our price, then any order received subsequently will be at the adjusted price.  We are going to be scheduling three beeves for each processing.  I have, in the past, done only two.  With increased fuel prices, I need to reduce the number of trips to the processor and that will also reduce my costs for delivering.
  • Goldie has a new home.  Daisey will soon have a new home.  I have some new heifers that I have raised, coming fresh and I needed to reduce the number of milk cows.  I still have two for sale that need a good home.
  • We have our plant bench started and some have already sprouted.   I wish everyone could see and taste the spinach that Debra has raised this year in our small green house.  I never tasted such great spinach.  We recently found some great tasting balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  It truly makes a difference.  Debra and I now fight for the last bite of Kale.  It is delicious.
  • Ryan and his friend, Andrew, came over yesterday and learned my recipe for the planting medium in out raised beds.  We got half of the beds refilled for the transplants that will soon be ready for planting.
  • They helped get the Purple Martin house ready.  The martins may be coming earlier this year.  This has truly been a mild winter.
  • Sweetpea and Kris should be calving in March, and we should again be able to honor all the milk for our old customers and be able to add some new ones.  We have two yogurt makers for sale.  They are $24 each.  I finished a good book recently, Artizan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, by Hertzberg.  I thing J. Jones has volunteered to check out the recipes and the process.
  • I just got my Mother Earth News for Jan/Feb.  I am providing  a link to their story on BPA.  Be sure to read it.  http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/bpa-zmgz12fmzrog.aspx
  • Mounting Evidence Links GE Foods with Harm to Animal- and Human Health…

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/10/genetically-modified-food-reduce-fertility.aspx?e_cid=20120115_SNL_MV_1

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    Should mammograms be done?  You may want to review the studies in this report.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/05/mammograms-only-occasionally-save-lives.aspx?e_cid=20120115_SNL_MS_1

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    If you are taking an antidepressant drug, make sure you get tested for the CYP450 gene.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/07/antidepressants-trigger-violent-behavior.aspx

    Also, I hope you watched 60 Minutes last night.  If not, I'm sure it is archived. 

    That's it from the hill.   Art and Debra

Posted 1/29/2012 9:45pm by Art Ozias.
  • I had three ponds cleaned out this winter.  Tomorrow, since it has been so dry we are going to haul away the dirt.  We have several places to fill. 
  • We are working with a new dog.  She is 3/4  Great Pyrenees and 1/4 Anatolian.  The owner could no longer handle her in town.  Hopefully, she will make a good predator dog.  Marlies worked with her today and thinks she'll be just fine.  Maisey is a year old.
  • Anyone wanting a "dirt" hog needs to let me know.  I am expecting a call from my source in February.  Recent report from Iowa University states there is MRSA in store pork and their solution was to make sure you cook it properly.  They said nothing about handling it prior to cooking.  Thanks Jim H.  I think we had similiar information in an Update this past summer.
  • We are now in zone 6 according to the USDA, so it's time to start planning for your garden this year. 
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    Do we really know who the “experts” are?  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/14/medical-experts-paid-off-by-drug-companies.aspx?e_cid=20120114_DNL_art_2

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    Learn some basics about milk.  The next time someone tries to “scare” you, you can counter with the truth about raw milk.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/14/mark-mcafee-raw-milk-update.aspx?e_cid=20120114_DNL_art_3

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    We have had Dr. Huber’s interview with ACRE’s,USA magazine on our weekly update.  Here is Dr. Huber again.

      “It's important to understand that the glyphosate actually becomes systemic throughout the plant, so it cannot be washed off. It's inside the plant. And once you eat it, it ends up in your gut where it can wreak total havoc with your health, considering the fact that 80 percent of your immune system resides there and is dependent on a healthy ratio of good and bad bacteria.”

    "… When future historians write about our time, they're not going to write about the tons of chemicals that we did or didn't apply. When it comes to glyphosate, they're going to write about our willingness to sacrifice our children and jeopardize our existence, while threatening and jeopardizing the very basis of our existence; the sustainability of our agriculture." … It doesn't mean that it's not reversible… But it means that we need to recognize what the concerns are, what's happening, and then we need to change."

     

    • “GE crops are supposed to be nutritionally "better" or at the very least "equivalent" to conventional foods, but they're not. On the contrary, they're nutritionally inferior due to glyphosate's chelating mechanism, which blocks absorption of micronutrients. GE crops contain about 50 percent less manganese, and up to 70 percent less zinc. They also contain less copper, iron and magnesium, just to name a few. This affects the overall health of the plant, and its reproductive ability, and when you eat this nutritionally inferior food, you're not getting the micronutrients your body needs for proper function either. All animal products are similarly affected when raised on GE soy- or corn feed. “

      READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AND LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW.  DO IT!!!!
     http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/15/dr-don-huber-interview-part-2.aspx?e_cid=20120115_SNL_Art_1


    that's it from the hill.    Art and Debra

      

Posted 1/22/2012 9:14pm by Art Ozias.
  • I recently received my lectures from the last ACRE's, USA conference.  This will be my Spring semester of learning.   We didn't go as Columbus, Oh is too far to go during the Winter.  Next year it will be in Louisville.  We'll see.
  • I have had several people express their excitement in reading the Salatin book.

  • The truth is that chiropractic, naturopathic, and osteopathic medicine have PROVEN to be medically effective and cost effective for the patient, and the AMA can't stomach this, viewing natural medicine as a huge threat to their bottom line.

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/12/30/rethinking-medical-associations-best-interests.aspx?e_cid=20120108_SNL_MS_1

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    Be sure to read this by Dr Horner.  This should entice you to READ this  one.  “Naturally, processed foods and soft drinks do not belong in a cancer-preventive diet...

    Dr. Horner, believes red meat from animals reared in confined animal feeding operations (CAFO's) is also a MAJOR contributor to cancer. These animals are given antibiotics, growth hormones and other veterinary drugs that get stored in their tissues. Additionally, cooking the meat over high heat creates heterocyclic amines, which further add to its carcinogenic effect.

    While I do recommend eating meat, I agree that there is absolutely NO benefit to eating CAFO beef. The ONLY type of meat I recommend is organically-raised, grass-fed meats. It's hard for a lot of people to grasp the difference between CAFO and organic meat, but truly, they are like two different species in terms of their nutritional content. One is health harming while the other is beneficial.”

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/14/dr-christine-horner-interview.aspx?e_cid=20120114_DNL_art_1

That's it from the hill for this week.  Art and Debra