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Posted 6/6/2021 9:39pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • I recently cured and smoked a side of bacon.  Sure is good and was so easy to do.
  • We sold several dozen guinea eggs for hatching.  In addition, we had several hens setting on those we didn't sell.  Well, we now have over 50 baby guineas (keets). Hopefully, we will be able to sell them and have them go to good homes.
  • Lots of fruit on our trees this year. Lots of cherries already and many apple trees  have a lot of apples.  Pear trees are full.
  • Strawberries are slowly easing.  We have had many quarts.  Debra made a strawberry pie today and it was a real treat. 
  • Beef harvest starts this Tuesday.  I will be notifying those finally getting their order filled.  Processing dates are still a problem.  I have two more dates this month and that should get me caught up until later this summer.
  • After almost fifteen years my web site provider is ceasing that support, and I am in the processing of finding a new source.  I was hoping not to have to change, but maybe it will be a positive change. 
  • We may have a new source for chickens this year.  If you do not have a reliable source let me know. I'll pass your name with the number of fryers you would want this coming year, so he can plan on the number of birds to finish.

 

https://youtu.be/yODIiCvi0NY

 

 

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

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 5/16/2021 9:47pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • I double checked my beef list and sent emails to everyone who is on the list.  If you did not get that email please let me know.  It's been awhile since I checked it due to the lack of processing availability.  Last year I was able to secure some dates for June 2021.  As that is getting close, I need to verify all who are waiting patiently for their requested split half or half.
  • Last year we had a pair of Orioles.  This year I think we have at least two pair.  The barn swallows are back in force.  We put up a new purple martin  pole with 24 new gourds.  It's full.  That makes five poles and three other houses.  We are going to make and place some tree swallow houses this year out in the pastures for fly control for the cows.  We will be following Greg Judy's lead.  https://youtu.be/A9CUSRvbNxU  
  • We've been adding to the ground beef list and the dirt hog list.  If you want on the pork list I will need your phone number.
  • If you are trying to find chicken contact Virginia, souscon4@gmail.com.  She is having a chicken day each month.
  • Hopefully, your raised garden beds are full and producing fresh food.  It's not too late to start.

https://youtu.be/eZTZXfC78Ko





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

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 4/26/2021 11:06pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • Kraut?  Yes, we make our own kraut.  We sold a bunch of units several years ago when we were selling A2 raw milk.  I hope those customers are still using the items.  They are so simple and the kraut, it is so good.  Store kraut is horrible.
  • I need to update my ground beef and dirt hog lists.  Please send me your requests and I will check to make sure my list is current.  I will keep the order that exists on my current order to insure you will maintain your place.
  • Strawberries are blooming and plants look great.  Anyone like strawberry shortcake and cream?
  • Asparagus and rhubarb are starting.  Isn't spring great?  I wish everyone could see Debra's greenhouse and her plants.  She has two green thumbs.
  • Our fruit trees had a lot of blooms ,and I think we dodged a bullet with the recent cold morning temperature.
  • Phil, the lilac bush is gorgeous this year.  I remember you used to enjoy the fragrance as Julie was picking up your weekly A2 raw milk
  • The barn swallows are here and there is a din in the barn.  They are busy setting up their nests.  Most are reusing old nests, but I'm sure there is some housekeeping necessary.
  • I'm still renovating pastures.  It is much more difficult this year since we have had so much rain.  Must do one tomorrow as it is now dry enough, and it is forecast to rain tomorrow night.
  • Purple martins have set up shop and have occupied their old homes.  The new gourds we added this year are still mostly empty.  I guess the ones that return were here last year.  I'm sure as the young hatch and mature they will inhabit the new houses and our martin colony will continue to grow.



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

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 4/4/2021 10:06pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • Anyone want some guinea eggs to incubate?  Maybe you have a hen starting to set and you could get a bunch of guineas to help with tick and bug control.  And they are fun to watch.  We will have plenty just let me know how many and we can save them for you.
  • Our beef schedule took a hit recently with the unusually cold weather and the almost 7 inches of rain in a weeks time.  We have stopped feeding hay as the grasses have begun to outpace their appetites.  We will be weighing them in about a week, and then we will have a much better idea as to our schedule for this Springs harvest.  We have several harvest dates reserved for June, but if we have some ready earlier I will lobby for a single one.  
  • Gardening is in full swing.  The green house is working great with new plants, and we are starting to move them to the raised beds.  Raised beds are being topped off with additional planting medium.   The drip lines have all been checked and replaced as necessary.  Potatoes and corn will get planted tomorrow.
  • Purple martins are back and it's great to have them back.  We added several new gourds for this year and some are starting to claim them.
  • We have several new calves and I wish everyone could watch them play and explore their new world.  Diba our puppy, that is now a full grown Anatolian Sheppard is learning or better said  displaying her innate herd instincts.  It is amazing to watch her bred in genes slowly be manifest.  
  • I am in the middle of renovating my pastures.  They really need it this year due to the excessive rains we had.  It is so dry now that some areas will need to wait for a little rain.  The traffic areas are especially a problem.

         https://youtu.be/ctsRHBSVAfY




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

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 2/21/2021 10:33pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • Yes, it's been awhile.  When it is below zero not much happens.  You survive.  We never were involved in any blackouts and have had running water.  Literally, we have had to run a small steady drip anytime it gets below about 10 degrees.  We have some water lines next to an exterior basement wall and they would have frozen.  The water bill will be higher, but frozen water lines can be multiple times more costly.  My sister, across the pasture, still has frozen water lines.  She did not keep her line running.  Hopefully, this next week with temperatures near 60 we can get her issue resolved.
  • One of my Dirt Hog farmers has some available soon.  I just added someone today to my list.  Let me know.  Price is about the same.  Around a dollar per pound plus processing. I just checked my dirt hog list.  If you are still wanting a Dirt Hog let me know, so I can update my list.(aozias@gmail.com)
  • We will be taking advantage of the warmer weather this next week and finish weaning last year's calves.  Two or three nights of mooing will occur.   Our calving should start late next month.  Many of the locals have lost several calves due to the extreme cold.  Since they insist on calving in Jan and Feb, they need to be prepared for the possibility of very cold weather. 
  • We had someone request a SCOBY and Kefir grains last week.  Nice to know that people are willing to make their own Kombucha and to use Kefir grains. 
  • Diba, our puppy, is growing fast.  Anatolian Shepherds are big dogs.  She is learning from our Pyrenees, Sophie, how to bark and chase coyotes.  She has been pretty good about staying at home.  Maybe the snow and cold weather has been a factor.
  • I will be getting pasture seed for this Spring this week.  It won't be long until we will overseed and renovate our pastures.  
  • Oh yes, we have got to clean the Martin houses.  The scouts will be coming next month.
  • The list of "to do's" has grown since fixing anything extra in subzero weather just doesn't get done.

"Art, we have really enjoyed the hog, the bacon is awesome and the ham is amazing! Please put us in line for another hog, this time we want the whole hog. Thanks so much, Chuck"





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

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 1/17/2021 9:30pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • "Wonder of the World"   correction.
  • Also, a reminder the registration for the "Sacred Cow" movie.  It starts on Jan20.   https://www.americangrassfed.org/sacred-cow-registration/  



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

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 1/17/2021 9:08pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • We still have a small quantity of ground beef from the last harvest.  They are pound and half tubes and are  $8.25 each.  Send an email with your request.
  • Diba went to town again this week, but this time we knew the address.  We learned a lot about the app.  The fitbark downloaded some new software, and we are testing it for them.  This next week we are going to put the collar in a car, drive to town and verify just how this gps tracker works.
  • The following utube is maybe the next "wonder of the work".  All range horses are trained to stand when the rider dismounts.  That's obvious or all cowboys would have a long walk home.  But, to get a horse to protect you from a momma cow is a wonder.  I grew up riding horses and training them to do a variety of functional tasks.  I can't imagine how this horse was trained.  https://youtu.be/nHkzZqB-LuE

 

 

 




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

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 1/4/2021 8:07pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We have some extra ground beef from the latest harvest.  Two people on my list have not responded, so their ground beef is available.  It's FIRST COME, GETS IT.  Pickup is here at the farm and they are 1 1/2 pound tubes.  At $5.50/lb a tube is $8.25.  Let me know.
  • My neighbor has now three lambs going to the processor soon.  Let me know if you're interested.
  • I am in the middle of Sacred Cow, Diana Rodgers and Robb Wolf.  There is a movie, same name and it will be available for a week.  Here is the information on how to register to watch the film.

American Grassfed Association has partnered with Diana Rodgers, the director and producer of Sacred Cow, to bring you a free screening of the film. You will be able to view Sacred Cow anytime between January 20th and 30th. After your screening, join a live Q&A panel on Thursday, January 28th from 7:00-8:15 PM ET featuring Diana Rodgers, Dr. John Ikerd, Greg Gunthorp, and Carrie Balkcom. To learn more about Diana Rodgers, please click here. To learn more about Dr. John Ikerd, please click here. To learn more about Greg Gunthorp, please click here. To learn more about Carrie Balkcom, please click here.

 

Register now here for a link to view Sacred Cow

"At our grocery stores and dinner tables, even the most thoughtful consumers are overwhelmed by the number of considerations to weigh when choosing what to eat—especially when it comes to meat. Guided by the noble principle of least harm, many responsible citizens resolve the ethical, environmental and nutritional conundrum by quitting meat entirely. But can a healthy, resilient and conscientious food system exist without animals?

 

Sacred Cow probes the fundamental moral, environmental and nutritional quandaries we face in raising and eating animals. In this project, we focus our lens on the largest and perhaps most maligned of farmed animals, the cow."

 

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  • I finished Tom Philpott's latest book, Perilous Bounty.  As usual, Philpott does a great job.  It details what is happening in California with fruits, vegetables and NUTS.  The limiting factor, water.  You will want to build a raised bed and order your seeds for this coming Spring.  Remember, last Spring the seed companies ran short on filling orders due to the uptick in demand.  The other part of the book deals with the midwest, mostly Iowa.  Here the focus is on protein, beef, pork and chickens.  The limiting factor here is soil and the increased necessity for chemicals to make the monoculture of corn and soybeans work.

Hi – I'm reading "Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It" by Tom Philpott and wanted to share this quote with you.

"Whatever your politics, there are activities your tax money supports that I’m sure you find troublesome, if not deplorable. But you can’t do anything about those activities—you can’t withdraw your support—unless you’re prepared to go to jail. Food is different. You can simply stop participating in a system that abuses animals or poisons the water or squanders jet fuel flying asparagus around the world. You can vote with "your fork, and you can do it three times a day. Everyday."

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"Art, we have really enjoyed the hog, the bacon is awesome and the ham is amazing! Please put us in line for another hog, this time we want the whole hog. Thanks so much", Chuck

 





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

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 12/29/2020 9:42pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE

  • We've had an exciting time at Breezy Hill.  We got a replacement dog for Sophie, as she is having a hip issue common with older Pyrenees .  The new pup is an Anatolian Shepherd,  also a predator control breed.  We were doing just fine, and then last week she disappeared.  We searched and searched and were sure something higher in the food chain had gotten her, and then fortunately in answer to a facebook post she was found.  She is now home and has a gps collar for the next year.
  • Our guineas are a flock of about 35.  I think we are set for next years tick and bug season.  Of course, that can all change overnight with an owl or raccoon.
  • We have a neighbor who has scheduled four pasture raised lambs with the processor.  If interested email me with your request and phone number.
  • We recently cured and smoked a side of bacon.  Wow, it is so simple and easy, and it is the best.
  • Have been having pon haus for breakfast.  Also, easy and so good.  Google it.  I use the hogs head.  Very rich.
  • I am caught up on Dirt Hogs.  If interested in the future, email me and I'll start a new list for next year.
  • Same for ground beef.  I'll be starting a new list for next year.
  • I just finished a book by Dr. Fred Provenza, Nourishment.  The first half tracks with the title and is quite interesting.  The second half is quite different.  After page 179 one will be challenged with some very dire projections, and you will have much to contemplate.  The first half took me about two weeks reading occasionally when I had extra time.  The last half I finished in two days, couldn't put it down.  For me, it was a two thumbs up book.  Should anyone read this book, please let me know how you reacted to Fred's provocative observations.  I plan to reread this book after 5-10 years.  Perhaps this book will only appeal to someone interested in nutrition, animals and who is over 70 years old.  A young person may not appreciate the second half.  A younger person may not have had enough life experiences.  I'd be curious.




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

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com

Posted 11/19/2020 6:28pm by Art Ozias.

            BREEZY HILL FARM WEEKLY UPDATE


  • I received a call from one of my Dirt Hog producers.  Since it has been awhile since I received your requests, I need to get my list updated.  I want to make sure everyone who requested a half or whole can be on this next harvest.
  • If you have recently requested a Dirt Hog please send me an email with your phone number and whether you want a half or whole.  If you want to be on the list there may be one or two extras.  A half will cost about $100 and processing is about the same.  The cost per pound for packaged meat is about $2.50/lb. They are being processed at Kempf's just north of Sedalia.  They do a nice job.  We are enjoying a ham from a recent harvest.
  • A ground beef pickup will be this Saturday.  Everyone on my list for this pickup have been notified.  I did not have enough for everybody on my list, so we have a new list started.  If you want grass finished ground beef, not from Australia or Central America here is your chance.  The next pickup will be sometime in December.



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

"BE HEALTHY, EAT GRASS"

Art Ozias

(aozias@gmail.com)

www.breezy-hill-farm.com