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Posted 9/3/2012 8:45pm by Art Ozias.
Posted 9/2/2012 9:29pm by Art Ozias.
  • Wow.  Thanks Isaac.  We got a little over 4 inches of slow rain.  We still have cracks, so we are ready for some more rain.  The grass, believe it or not, is starting to grow.  There is some green starting to show.  A couple of warm days and we will be starting to recover.  Hopefully, it will continue and we will have fall grasses going into winter.
  • My neighbor, Ryan, was able to fill his "rain barrel".  It holds a think, 1500 gallons.  It all came off his roof.  Pretty good idea.
  • I need to know about the orders for "dirt" hogs.  I think we will be able to fill all the orders this coming week.  Here are the names I have; Watson, Young, McMahon, Ray and Sinning.  If this is incorrect let me know by Wednesday.  Anyone else wanting pork needs to let me know by Wednesday.
  • I will be delivering beef on Tuesday.  I have alerted those getting their grass finished beef.   Those that received notice to call the processor will be getting theirs next week.
  • I have tried to notify the following people who were interested in purchasing beef and I have not been able to contact them.  They are Morris, April, Sullivan and Strahtman.  Some have company email addresses and may no longer work there.  If you change your email address and don't notify me, I have no choice but to move on to the next person.  I did find Derek by calling his former employer in Texas and since he left on good terms, they had his phone number and he is getting his beef next week.
  • Our timing was perfect.  We took advantage of the extreme dry weather and had another pond and our big lake dug out.  We took out a lot of mud around the edge.  That should increase the capacity a whole lot.  It was so dry that the track hoe was able to sit on the actual, normal lake bed and reach out and dig out the mud and then move forward and dig out the dry stuff where it had been sitting.  We got our final cutting of alfalfa baled.  What an amazing plant.  Despite the drought,  it kept growing.  Must have extensive roots.
  • No milk pick up tomorrow.  You can come on Tuesday. We are going to KC and help Marlies with a sink hole in her backyard.  An old septic tank needs to be capped and the hole filled in.  A knife needs sharpening and a door needs adjusting.  And then Art Jr and I are going to the ball game. 
  • Very interesting interview on Science Friday on NPR.  An interesting approach to global warming.  Be sure to listen to the part on grass finished beef.


Is carrageenan, a common food additive in organic and conventional food, giving you intestinal distress?

Gastrointestinal disease, including catch-all diagnoses like “irritable bowel syndrome,” is widespread. Some medical researchers suspect that carrageenan in the diet may play a role.

Many individuals who suffered from gastrointestinal discomfort or disease have reported that eliminating carrageenan from the diet led to improvements, often eliminating symptoms completely.

Carrageenan is typically used as a thickening or stabilizing agent in foods. Its use is widespread in dairy products, soymilk (and other dairy alternatives), lunch meats, beer, and many other foods and drinks.

Cornucopia's shopping guide offers a list of organic and conventional foods with and without carrageenan, helping consumers find carrageenan-free alternatives.

Research has linked carrageenan to gastrointestinal inflammation in laboratory animals and human cell cultures. Doctors and medical researchers are now interested in collecting data to better understand the link between carrageenan in our food supply and gastrointestinal disease in the general public.

We encourage anyone who suffers from gastrointestinal symptoms to remove carrageenan from the diet and see whether symptoms improve or disappear. If symptoms improve, we hope you will let us know about it by filling out the questionnaire. Your participation will help advance this field of medical research.  Go to their web site at,

Please help us spread the word!

If you know someone who suffers from gastrointestinal symptoms, please share this information with them. Cutting carrageenan out of their diet may improve or eliminate symptoms, which could significantly improve their quality of life.

The Food and Drug Administration has so far failed to act on the petition from a leading scientist requesting that carrageenan be removed from foods. And the food industry continues to claim that carrageenan is harmless.

If your personal experience proves otherwise, please let us know by filling out the questionnaire.

Depending on how many people respond, the data may also be crucial in building the scientific case with the FDA that carrageenan, which has repeatedly been linked to cancer in laboratory animals, should be removed from all foods.

The Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit farm policy research group, is dedicated to the fight for economic justice for the family-scale farming community. Its Organic Integrity Project acts as a corporate and governmental watchdog assuring that no compromises to the credibility of organic farming methods and the food it produces are made in the pursuit of profit.


We have had several posts on this subject.  If you are planning to do this be sure to read this article.

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

Posted 8/12/2012 11:43pm by Art Ozias.
  • Just got home from the fair.  Granddaughter Olly loves chickens and that was the first stop.  Couldn't leave until we had walked down EVERY aisle and seen EVERY one.  Our Dominique rooster would have placed first.  The prettiest one was a double rose comb Buckeye rooster.
  • Still no rain.  We got 0.06 tonight.  That would not wet a thin t-shirt.
  • Abigail's calf still thinks I am mom.  He tried this morning to nurse, but was not successful.  Hopefully, this week he will get it figured out.  Milk is still in short supply.  It is hard to keep production up with just hay.  We have an alternate source, so if you have been on our waiting list for raw milk, let me know.
  • We are taking advantage of the extreme dry weather and are getting three more ponds enlarged.  We use a track hoe and clean out the accumulated dirt around the edge.  This increases the volume considerably and then if it ever rains, we will have more stored water for the next dry time.  We cleaned two last year thinking we would never have such an opportunity.  We were wrong.  It is even worse this year.  There is no government help for such long range planning, just money to hook on to rural water and drill wells.  Typical short term fixes to bail out guys that have rented pasture land.  The rule of thumb is to have about 3-4% of your acreage in water storage.  If they had that much there would be no shortage in stored water. Typically rented pasture land has not been maintained since the retired farmer has not invested for the future.  It is time to rethink our approach in water useage.  The USDA has programs for terraces, but what are the two concepts associated with terracing?  One, slow the flow to conserve topsoil and two,to GET RID OF THE WATER.  In permaculture the concept is to slow the flow and keep ALL of the water, using swales, not terraces.  If you mention that to a technician at the USDA office, you will have to explain what a swale is.
  • We have a new project.  His name is Coach, a one year old border collie.  They are truly amazing.  They learn almost faster than you can teach.  I think they can anticipate humans just as they can anticipate a cow or sheep.

    The Aftermath of a Bill Gates Vaccine Campaign …


    This is not news to our customers, but you may have a friend that just can’t give up their diet drink.  Feel free to forward this link,


    David Korten writes some very thought provoking op-eds. 

    In current practice, based on the same financial logic that leads us to treat financial deficits as more important than social and environmental deficits, we give corporate rights precedence over the property rights of individuals. We give property rights precedence over the human rights of those without property. And we give human rights precedence over the rights of nature.

    We will continue to pay a terrible price for so long as we allow the deeply flawed logic of pure finance to define our values and frame the political debate.

    There is no magic bullet quick fix. We must reframe the debate by bringing life values and living systems logic to the fore and turning the prevailing rights hierarchy on its head. The rights of nature must come first, because without nature, humans do not exist. As living beings, our rights are derivative of and ultimately subordinate to the rights of Earth’s living systems.”

    For the link to the entire piece,


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

Posted 8/6/2012 11:01pm by Art Ozias.
  • This is a day late.  The computor was acting stupid last night and it was getting late.
  • I sent an email to those getting a "dirt" hog tomorrow.  I am delivering 5 to Gilbert's.  I have heard from only three people.  I have more on a waiting list, so I will wait until Friday and then if I have not heard from you, you will go to the next date.
  • Abigail finally had her calf.  I have had her for almost three years and have had a struggle getting her bred.  Then on Wed at 6:30 pm she went into labor.  I kept checking her until 11 pm.  She didn't look like she was under stress, so I went to bed.  The next morning she still didn't have a calf, and I guessed it was dead and that for some reason she had stopped trying.  I called the vet, and he agreed it was probably dead.  He came after 8 so as not to charge me for an emergency call.  He arrived at 8:30 and proceeded to pull the calf anticipating that it would be dead.  IT WAS ALIVE, a bull calf.  It still hasn't nursed.  I am convinced that if dairy cows raised in a conventional dairy were to "go it alone" there would in a very short period be no dairy cows.  The udders are too large and almost touch the ground with all the swelling, and the calves are so weak and wobbly, not like beef calves.  A beef calf will be up and nursing within an hour.  I am still milking the cow and bottle feeding the calf.  She started out with about a cup of milk, and after two days it was up to two cups.  Now I am getting a gallon and a half.  Without husbandry that calf would have died inside and after saving it, it would have starved.  Oh well, that's the price you pay until you have raised your own.  I haven't had any issues with the cows that I have raised on grass.
  • I have 40 pounds of hard white winter wheat that has been cleaned twice.  It is $1/#.  At the Natural Grocery in Overland Park it is $1.69.  Are there any bread bakers out there?
  • We have some great looking roosters, and they are great crowers.  We will be keeping a couple.  The rest need a good home, not a crock pot.
  • We are out of coconut oil and Ghee.  We will be ordering more this week.
  • The beef deliveries went well.  I am sure glad I did it over a three day period.  With the above 100 degree temperatures, it would have been very risky.  Thanks to all who accomodated the delivery schedule.  It sure helps.
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  • Here is something to consider.  Sometimes we need a bad situation to get people to think. Think this happens elsewhere?  Well, it happened here at our local university.  We recently lost a very competent president  as he was not that supportive of the sports programs.  The new guy, I’m sure, answered all the sports questions to the satisfaction of the board.


    Mammograms May Cause More Harm Than Good

    that's it from the hill for this week.  Art and Debra
Posted 7/22/2012 10:50pm by Art Ozias.
  • Princess is on line and we now have our milk supply back up to adequate.  We are feeding hay as pastures are non existent.
  • I am trying to locate some acceptable grass finished beef for our fall ground beef sale.  I have found an acceptable summer sausage.  Gilberts uses no MSG in their seasonings.  They can make a great sausage, and using grass finished beef with no hormones nor antibiotics, it is the perfect way to get your protein and omega 3 and CLA.  They use a ratio of 80/20, 80% meat and 20% fat.  By making it into a summer sausage, it is not heated to a high temperature and all the fat soluable vitamins etc are preserved.  We have had a stick of the sausage for the past two weeks and it's great.  I have a list started for ground beef and will include any requests for the summer sausage.  The ground beef price will be the same as last year, $4.50/#.  I will include the price for the summer sausage in next week's update.
  • We have seven extra (live) young roosters.  Anyone interested in one or two?  And how about three or four guineas??
    Mystery meat in America? WTO strikes down country-of-origin labeling in stores

    Learn more:



    The only way to get big companies like these to change their behavior is to make the individuals responsible feel the heat.

    An even more basic issue is why the advertising and marketing of prescription drugs is allowed at all, when consumers can’t buy them and shouldn’t be influencing doctor’s decisions anyway. Before 1997, the Food and Drug Administration banned such advertising on TV and radio. That ban should be resurrected.

    Finally, there’s no good reason why doctors should be allowed to accept any perks at all from companies whose drugs they write prescriptions for. It’s an inherent conflict of interest. Codes of ethics that are supposed to limit such gifts obviously don’t work. All perks should be banned, and doctors that accept them should be subject to potential loss of their license to practice.

    Here is the link to the entire op-ed.

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

Posted 7/16/2012 10:59pm by Art Ozias.
  • Princess had her calf this past thursday.  It was a heifer.  Milk supply should be back to normal by Wednesday of this week.
  • I am feeding hay to the milk cows.  There is no pasture left.  It is fried.  I have never seen it this bad.  I was on my way to mowing down my corn and noticed a cow in the corn.  That meant the electric fence was not working.  I finished mowing down the corn (it was done due to the extreme hot and dry weather) and  I then started checking the fence for a short or whatever.  After thirty minutes checking all legs of the fence I realized that I had a grounding problem.  It has never been this dry.  I drove a new ground rod in and that fixed the problem.  It went from 0 volts to 10,000 just by having it properly grounded.   Driving in the rod that first two feet was tough.  I had to drive it in about 5 feet to get to enough moisture.
  • The weather forecast was just on and they are forecasting the next 7 days at 106 to 108.  I don't know how much longer we can keep watering to just keep things alive.   We have given up on some items.  They are toast.
  • Wheat is done and those people that ordered it can pick it up.  We baled about 70 bales of nice clean straw.  That's enough for bedding and mulching in the garden.    We have our 150 pounds of wheat for bread, pancakes, etc. for the coming year.
  • It is so dry that I was able to combine clover seed in July.  It grew up after the early haying and since it has been so dry, the grasses did not grow. so it was easy to combine it without cutting and windrowing.  I cleaned it yesterday and now I know about all there is to know about operating my antique seed cleaner.  The"new" old combine is slowly paying for itself.
  • Since there is no corn for this year, the chickens will be getting a lot of wheat.  We will supplement that with some oats and milo.
  • Those wanting a "Dirt" hog will be getting their hog in August.
  • I took six  beeves to be processed this past Tuesday.  I was complemented by the butcher on the quality of the carcasses.  I have sent emails to all that are involved in this harvest.  Some have responded and some have not.  If you have received an email please send me your address and a phone number.
  • Any one that ordered cod liver oil, it is here for pick up.

Cows Fed "Chicken Litter" May be Indirectly Eating Parts From Cows


How High Fructose Corn Syrup has Decimated Human Health

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) entered the American market in 1975. Food and beverage manufacturers quickly began switching their sweeteners from sucrose (table sugar) to corn syrup when they discovered that it could save them a lot of money. Sucrose costs about three times as much as HFCS. HFCS is also about 20 percent sweeter than table sugar, so you need less to achieve the same amount of sweetness.

Around that same time, dietary fats were blamed for heart disease, giving rise to the "low-fat craze," which resulted in an explosion of processed nonfat and low fat convenience foods—most of which tasted like sawdust unless sugar was added. Fructose was then added to make all these fat-free products more palatable. Yet as the low-fat craze spread, rates of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity skyrocketed...

Clearly, this plan was seriously flawed from the get-go, and it's not difficult to see that trading fat for sugar is not a wise move.

We now know, without a doubt, that it's the excessive fructose content in the modern diet that is taking such a devastating toll on people's health.

At the heart of it all is the fact that excessive fructose consumption leads to insulin resistance, and insulin resistance appears to be the root of many if not most chronic disease. Insulin resistance has even been found to be an underlying factor of cancer. Fructose also raises your uric acid levels—it typically generates uric acid within minutes of ingestion, which in turn can wreak havoc on your blood pressure, insulin production, and kidney function. So far, scientific studies have linked fructose to about 78 different diseases and health problemsii .Here is the entire article,

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

Posted 7/9/2012 11:09pm by Art Ozias.
Posted 7/1/2012 10:50pm by Art Ozias.
  • Happy Birthday Marlies!
  • The chicken day went really well.  Everyone was here on time and that was great due to the hot weather.  We decided last year not to have any large birds during the hot weather. Boy did we blow that.  One thing for sure, in farming there is nothing for sure.  Our milk production is finally starting to fall due to the lack of grass.  No water-no grass.  Missouri's governor has filed for diaster relief for the drought.  That won't help the grass farmers, only the commodity farmers. 
  • For the milk customers, supply is shrinking.  You may not be able to get your full amount for a while.  I have referred several new customers to the Andrews and Hooks.  They have started to duplicate our effort in producing high quality raw milk.
  • We have two roosters for $8 each from the the chicken day.  They make great chicken salad and the carcass is great for broth/soup stock.
  • We will be placing an order for Ghee/cod liver oil this week.  The price on the last order was $53.25/gal for ghee, including shipping.
  • We got the combine this past Saturday. Now we need to get some parts, grease and oil it, and hopefully get the wheat harvested.
  • We had our  first "new potatoes" for dinner today.  Just like home grown tomatoes (of which we are getting lots) they are far superior to what the stores have to offer.
  • I talked to one of my "dirt" hog raisers and he will have some ready in August.  I have several people on the list.  I will contact another source, maybe he will have some sooner.
  • Wow!! This is a must read for all pregnant mothers.  “ If a child with abnormal gut flora and damaged digestive tract receives a vaccine, the added toxic burden may prove too great to bear. Keep in mind that this toxic burden is NOT necessarily limited to thimerosal (mercury-based preservative) or aluminum-based adjuvants found in some vaccines. The MMR vaccine for example does not contain thimerosal or aluminum. Instead, it appears the measles virus in the vaccine may contribute to chronic inflammation of the bowel, thereby unleashing a cascade of harmful effects on the brain.

    "... If the child's brain is clogged with toxicity, the child misses that window of opportunity of learning and starts developing autism depending on the mixture of toxins, depending on how severe the whole condition is, and how severely abnormal the gut flora is in the child," Dr. Campbell-McBride explains.

    It's important to understand that the gut flora your child acquires during vaginal birth is dependent on your—the mother's—gut flora. So if your microflora is abnormal, your child's will be as well. Autism isn't the only potential outcome in this case. “ Here is the link to the entire article.  Notice she did not say what happens with a c-section. Where does a c-section baby gets its initial microflora??


    Anyone taking the low dose aspirin may want to read this article.

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

Posted 6/24/2012 11:28pm by Art Ozias.
  • Still dry.  We had .70 inches and it didn't phase the two inch cracks at all.  With 90-100 degrees days it's gone.  Pastures are toast.  We still have some that have not been grazed and I have my reserve warm season pastures that I normally never need. 
  • We have the combine situation solved and will get the wheat this next Saturday.  As soon as I get it cleaned, I will notify those who have reserved it.
  • I am inclosing a link to a product for fermenting that works really well.  I'm sure after listening to the NPR interview I included last week that some of you are ready to make your own kraut.
  • Novelty has been so reliable, never a problem.  This past week one of rear quarters showed some mastitus.  I had made up my mind to treat it based on information I had leard in an ACREs lecture.  The only problem the person did not give the amounts of the various ingredients.  Here is what I tried and it worked; in just three days it cleared completely.  I mixed 8 drops of oil of oregano and 8 drops of peppermint oil with about 5 cc of grapeseed oil (carrier).  I infused that up the teat canal after milking out the quarter.  The lecturer also mentioned oil of borage, but I didn't have any.  The other two proved to be very antibiotic and safe.
  • Anyone wanting cheese making items should check out this site.
  • If your child were diagnosed with a very serious, very rare form of brain cancer, what would you do?

    Where would you turn?


    We have this film if you would like to check it out.



    But restricting academic freedom is not the only problem with corporate-funded education. Legislators want, and indeed NEED well-executed research to base rules, policies and regulations on. However, it needs to be independent research—not the corporate fairytales passing for science that you get when the industry pays for the research of their own products. Every time research tainted by corporate interests is used to pass laws and regulations, it affects everyone, and the ramifications can be enormous.

    Staying with biotech as the example, genetically engineered crops were brought to market based on industry-funded research and are now present in all kinds of processed foods—yet the safety of such ingredients has never actually been established; environmental damage is now beginning to become apparent; and, in the US, consumers are prevented from knowing what's in their food due to the industry's tactical influence over our political process as well!   The revolving door issue is a major problem in more than one respect.

    Read the entire article here.


    Want to know the story behind the “fourth meal”?  I have seen that commercial a jillion times and  I didn’t put two and two together.  Ads are so slick.  Probably should mute all of them for your own safety!!

    The campaign is called "fourth meal" and was originally launched in a series of Taco Bell spots telling kids that "everyone is a fourth mealer — some just don't know it yet." Now, new "fourth meal" ads are once again popping up all over television, insisting that "sometimes the best dinner is after dinner." The ads are backed by an eponymous website and a "cravinator" smartphone app that helps binge-eaters select their junk food of choice.

    Here is the link to the entire article.


    Here is a calm, logical approach to the GMO labeling issue.  The Health Ranger does a good job without getting  into any science aspects.


    How many of you have done these things?  I'm sure most have learned through  your own research that these things  can be hazardous to your health.  Note the one on fermented foods.

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


Posted 6/17/2012 11:10pm by Art Ozias.
  • Anyone interested in some guinea keets, we have some.  They are $4 each.  Eight have already been spoken for. 
  • If you have contacted me recently wanting raw milk, please send me an email.  I may be able to either add you on, or refer you to a young high school student who is working with his grandfather.  They, too, have Brown Swiss cows.
  • I am still adding names for pork.
  • Beef is still on hold.  I can add your name to a tentative list and should know for sure in Sept. 
  • I have some orders for wheat and can add a few more, so send me an email.
  • Grassfed Flavor -- What Makes the Difference?

    by Marilyn Noble, AGA Communications Director


    "Every once in a while, I hear a comment about the flavor of grassfed meat being off-putting or gamey. That's usually followed by an "ick" and "I won't be eating THAT again." I always feel sad when I hear that, because there's a person who's going to miss the enjoyment and health benefits that come from eating grassfed meat. I've tasted lots of grassfed, and with the exception of one bison burger about 15 years ago, I've never encountered an off or gamey flavor. Minerally? Sometimes. Grassy? Occasionally. Meaty? Always."


    "Bob Perry of the University of Kentucky's Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Working Group compares the variations in the flavor of grassfed meats to those found in wine, and he's absolutely right. In the wine world, terroir is the influence of place on the characteristics of the wine -- the geography, soil, and climate where the grapes are grown all impart a complexity to the flavor and body of the wine. The same is true for meat. While grainfed, feedlot beef is uniformly bland because it's all raised on pretty much the same feed, grassfed flavor varies from region to region and even from farm to farm. Tasting products from different producers can be an eye-opening, palate-changing experience."


    "Just as the variety of grape plays a major role in the eventual characteristics of the wine, so does the breed of animal influence the flavor and texture of the meat. In addition, the rancher must be able to recognize when the animals are at their peak for harvest -- too young and small and the business loses money, too long past their prime and the meat isn't as tender and delicious. Other factors -- animal stress, time of year, processing methods, dry or wet aging -- can also have an impact on the flavor."

    Most legitimate grassfed producers care about the quality of their products and are constantly looking for ways to improve the eating experience for their customers. If you're a consumer, shop around until you find the meat that most appeals to your taste buds. Ask questions of the producer and, if something doesn't taste right to you, let the farmer know. Keep the lines of communication open. No one wants an unhappy customer spreading the word about a bad experience."


    "The other day I made a meatloaf for one of my private cooking clients, a woman in her 80s who likes her food a bit on the traditional side. She called me the next day and wanted to know what I had done to make the meatloaf so good. She said it reminded her of one her own mother used to make. I told her it was no secret -- it was the grassfed beef. She said she had forgotten how meat was supposed to taste. We can all talk about the health benefits and the animal welfare aspects of grassfed production, but when it comes right down to it, the flavor is what will win people over."


    "So get out there and taste, educate your palate, and support your local farmers by buying their grassfed products. Most of all, enjoy!"


    Mom's Traditional Meat Loaf

     This is such an easy dinner when you serve it with some steamed seasonal vegetables or a baked potato and a salad.  My mom tops it with Chow Chow, a mustardy condiment, and it makes a great sandwich the next day, if there's any left.


    Serves 6


    1 1/2 pounds grassfed ground beef

    2 pastured eggs

    1 small yellow onion, finely diced

    1 cup tomato sauce

    3/4 cup fine bread crumbs

    1 teaspoon salt

    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.


    In a large bowl, mix with your hands the ground beef, eggs, onion, tomato sauce, bread crumbs, and salt and pepper. Make sure all of the ingredients are well incorporated.


    Place the meat mixture into a loaf pan, smoothing and making sure there aren't any air bubbles in the mixture.


    Bake for 45 minutes, then remove from oven and allow to sit for about ten minutes. Slice and serve.


    Watch this video and you will  be aware of the dangers of fluoride.



    'Fermentation': When Food Goes Bad But Stays Good.  This interview was on NPR.  I think you will enjoy it and learn about Kraut, Yogurt etc.

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